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Keine or Nicht?

I have been doing German for a few months now, but I can't find the difference between tthe negative 'nicht' and the negative 'keine'. THank a lot!

March 10, 2018

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

generally, nicht is not (as in not doing something).... kein is none or no as in I have no fish, or he is no gentleman)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/karasu4

Simply put: nicht goes with verbs - Ich weiß nicht (I do not know)

Kein goes with nouns, and is declined - Ich habe keine Ahnung (I have no idea)

That's the general rule. Confusion may stem from the fact that nicht follows the verb, as in 'I know not'.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/awt10

the hint with nouns is /the way/. If unsure ask yourself, if you could count the subject of the 'not', even if in an abstract way - like with idea. It will usually point you to the distinction of noun or the verb being negated.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/J.Cassar

Thanks! That was really helpful. Danke!

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