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Keine and Nicht???

what is the difference between using keine and nicht?

October 22, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andrew-Macdonald

I'm not a native speaker, nor am I fluent, but I'm going to give it a shot, so don't quote me on this. "kein(e)" is sort of the German equivalent to "not a" or "no" in an English sentence and negates a noun, like "there is not a person here" or "there is no person here", or in German "Es gibt hier keine Person". What isn't there? A person. "Nicht" is pretty much used in all other situations and is sort the equivalent to "don't" or "not" and negates a verb, like "I don't drink my juice", or in German "Ich trinke nicht meinen Saft". What aren't you doing? Drinking.

October 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Osnakezz

I'm going to be lazy, but a while ago another person asked the same good question as you. Here was my answer, if you are interested.

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/18077595

October 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LukasDeich1

I am native speaker and keine is just used if the next word is a noun

October 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BozidarMarkovic

One of the first skills called 'Not' gives you excellent explanation about german negatives, nicht and kein. When you enter the skill, under the lesson there is section called 'Tips and notes' and there is everything you are looking for.

October 22, 2016
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