"Lui ha molti amici, io non ne ho alcuno."

Translation:He has many friends, I do not have any.

February 21, 2013



What is the purpose of "ne" in this sentence? Wouldn't it mean the same if it were removed?

June 23, 2013


No, you cannot remove it
"Ne" in this sentence replaces "of them" ("friends" not "his friends")

The correct meaning is: "He has many friends; I don't have friends"

April 11, 2015


Well done for the semi colon too!

April 22, 2019


Maybe the French translation helps: "Il a beaucoup d'amis, moi, j'en ai aucun." The French word 'en' is similar to the Italian 'ne' meaning 'of it' or 'of them'.

August 6, 2014


Je n'en ai aucun.....The French also requires the negative.

July 3, 2017



March 8, 2015


Because that sounds as if you do not have any of HIS friends

May 26, 2013


Would it be correct in Italian to join two sentences with a comma this way? In English, one would need a semicolon.

November 26, 2013


Fair point - DL seems to do this a lot - I just accept it, I find it great for learning Italian, but I'm hoping it won't wreck my English :)

March 15, 2014


The best translation for any in case of negative is nessuno. In this case io non ho nessun amico

March 17, 2014


Why wouldn't "I don't have any of them" be an appropriate translation, given the use of "ne"?

February 21, 2013


In my case it says that it is correct (JAN 2014).

January 6, 2014


I put sentence exactly like this "He has many friends, i don't have anyone" but duolingo says that is not good answer.. Am I in wrong?

November 24, 2013


I believe it is wrong, here's why. The word 'ne' means 'of them'; ne refers back to 'his friends'. So the literal translation would be something like 'he has many friends; I have none of them'. In English we rarely take the time to say 'of them' . The word anyone at the end of your sentence does not refer back to his friends, but just means anyone in general.

Does this explanation seem correct?

June 14, 2014


I think that you are in right and maybe someone confirm your theory.BTW thanks.

June 26, 2014


"I do not have anyone" is not restricting your lack of human interaction just to friends, although in this sentence the reference would be taken to include friends. However it could also be taken to include , family, acquaintances, neighbours etc or anyone else one might normally be expected to interact with.

October 9, 2016


that really sums up my lonly life haha

September 19, 2017


Bless you Ice cream cone, you shall have many friends

June 8, 2019



November 20, 2017


Why not alcuni. The unspoken part of the sentence is I don't have any friends, NOT I don't have any friend

November 21, 2013


In latin languages, the absence of something is always considered singular. If you have none, you certainly don't have multiple.

December 8, 2017


Think of it as "I have none (of them)"

January 6, 2018


I would also like to know.

August 6, 2014


What's wrong with "He has many friends, I do not have anybody"?

September 17, 2013


That sounds weird. We're not talking about the people we have, we're talking about the friends we have. And it's not relevant that friends are people.

October 17, 2013


It may sound weird out of context, but it is not impossible, and it is certainly grammatically correct English. So the question is, is that a correct translation, or does alcuno here have to be a pronoun referring to friends?

May 12, 2014



In this sentence the pronoun is "ne" with partitive value ( of them, the friends) + the adjective indefinite "alcuno" (anybody)


"Nessuno ha generalmente un significato negativo. Quando è posto prima del verbo, non richiede altra negazione: Nessun dubbio ci attanaglia; quando invece è collocato dopo il verbo, richiede sempre la negazione non e può essere sostituito da alcuno: Non è uscita nessuna (= alcuna) persona. Non ho nessun (= alcun) dubbio."

May 12, 2014


Well yes, I believe it does. "alcuno" means "some" or "any". To say, "I don't have anybody" would be "Non ho nessuno", "nessuno" being "nobody", since in Italian double negatives are necessary.

May 12, 2014


I wrote the exact english translation as given by duollingo and i was still marked incorrect so don't be surprised when another version is rejected. They need to fail you so that they can make you revise your ''weaker'' lessons.

May 9, 2014


Do you have to use 'ne' with alcuno when using 'non' as in this sentence?

May 8, 2014


you have two choiches : "non ne ho alcuno" or "non ho alcun"

May 8, 2014


Ne replaces molti amici and infers "of them" after Alcuno, any, in this example. Ne (replaces the phrase after avere bisogno (di fare la spesa) becomes (or non) avere bisogno ne = I need to (or I don't) . Ne can replace any noun like topi , mice instead of amici. Ha (del parmigiano)? Si, ne ho. Ne = some and replaces parmesan cheese and Must precede verb. Ne can replace any phrase.

May 8, 2015


So 'ne' is used because 'the friends' is already stated at the previous part of the sentence? Will 'io non ho alcuno amici' be correct in a stand alone sentence?

August 27, 2018


So, does having "ne" in this sentence cause the meaning to be that none of "his" group of friends are my friends? As opposed to, me not having any friends at all?

September 1, 2018


What is wrong with i don't have anyone....

March 17, 2019



April 6, 2019


Che tristezza! Il povero gufetto!

May 22, 2019


So sad

May 27, 2018


He has many friends, i do not have any. Provably cause you are on duolingo too much. Lol

April 26, 2018


Nessuno mi ama, tutti mi odiano, indovina vado a mangiare vermi.

September 1, 2018


Nessuno mi ama, tutti mi odiano, suppongo che vado a mangiare vermi.

September 29, 2018


Poor u

March 25, 2019


Does this mean "I don't have any friends" or "I don't have any of HIS friends"?

January 4, 2016

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Given the use of "ne", would "He has many friends, I am not friends with any of them" be a correct translation?

July 18, 2016


I would say no because "di loro" is missing and it uses avere (to have) instead of essere (to be).

July 18, 2016


I think this can be said simply: "Ha molti amici, non ho alcuna."

March 6, 2016
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