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"They don't understand anything."

Translation:Ils ne comprennent rien.

April 9, 2020



Why was "Ils ne comprennent pas rien." marked wrong?


French negative words work in pairs: "Ne", plus any of "pas, plus, jamais, rien, aucun, personne".

As a consequence, if the sentence is about "nothing", you will use "ne... rien", with "rien" replacing "pas".

Otherwise, you would get a double negative, as in "They don't understand nothing".

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