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"He has many friends, I do not have any."

Translation:Lui ha molti amici, io non ne ho alcuno.

July 6, 2013



why do you you need the 'ne'? io non ho alcuno = i (do)not have any


Could somebody explain the use of "ne"? I tried writing "Lui ha molti amici, io non ho nessuno", which uses the double negative, but got dinged for not including "ne". Do we need a triple negative?


It's not a negative, it's a partitive. It replaces the imaginary prepositional phrase "of them". In Italian, when things are part of an implied set, you need to refer specifically to that set rather than just imagining it.

So to compare this to another sentence you've probably seen, to express "He received seven in total", you have to say literally "He received seven OF THEM in total". So NOT "Ha ricevute sette in totale", but "Ne ha ricevute sette in totale."

The 'ne' in this sentence plays the same role. So literally it means: "He has many friends, I don't have any OF THEM." In English the set of "friends" is implied, but in Italian you have to state it explicitly.


Thanks for an explanation. I am struggling with "ne" for some time.


Excellent explanation, thank you!


What is the difference between alcuno/alcuni/alcune/alcun...? It seems random to me


The singular forms are used as "none" or "not any", while the plural forms mean "some" or "a few". Masculine and feminine are used as masculine and feminine.


Do you know why can't use alcuna in this sentence? It wants alcuno.


Because "ne...alcuno" (any of them) refers to "amici" which is the male plural form


I think alcuno/alcuna are for masculine/feminine countable nouns, while alcuni/alcune are for masculine/feminine uncountable nouns


Can anyone explain why "Io non ne ho alcuni" is not correct?


It might be easier to understand here if you translate "alcuno" as "at least one." Making it "he has many friends, and I don't have at least one." or "...and I don't even have one." "Friends" here is plural, but "one" is singular.

This is exactly what the Italian is doing "Amici" is plural, but "alcuno" is singular.


probably none is accepted because you're supposed to use the new word. That's 'alcuno', not any other one.


Why can't you say, "tanti amici"?


hm I would translate "tanti amici" as "so many friends"


Maybe. I grew up in an immigrant family with grandparents who didn't speak English but I never took any classes in Italian (and my family spoke dialect) so my grammar is not so good. I'm pretty sure 'tanti amici' is grammatically correct and I also suspect you can translate it as 'many friends'. Hopefully a native speaker of Italian will weigh in.

Zdravo! :-)


Tanti amici , molti amici sono sinonimi penso la traduzione sia la stessa= many friends


I'm also unsure as to why this isn't correct!


This is now accepted - Jan '14


Why is alcuna not accepted?


"Alcuno" is a pronoun refering to "amici." Since "amici" is masculine, "alcuno" must be masculine.


Why is 'io non ho niente' rejected?


Because that means "I have nothing" or "I don't have anything."


i translated "...non ho qualsiasi" an dit was marked wrong. is there a rule, when i have to use "alcuno" and when "qualsiasi"?


I might be wrong, this is just what I've observed so, take it for what it's worth.

"Alcuno" means "some." "Qualsiasi" means "any." In English we kind of slide between these two words sometimes and use "any" where we mean "some." This is usually in the negative: "not some" doesn't sound right to us, instead we'd say "not any." But Italians don't do that, they would say "not some" (ne aluco).

This might also help. "Qualsiasi" looks similar to "quali" because the two are related.
"Quale vuoi?" (Which do you want?) "Qualsiasi" (Any, or whichever)


I think of "qualsiasi" as meaning just a little more than simply "any". So Non sono una ragazza qualsiasi. I am not just any girl.


why does one use ne after non?


"io non ho alcuno" seems to me to be all you need. Why the 'ne'?


Does anyone know if the sentence "Lui ha molti amici, io ho nessuno" (He has many friends, I have none) would be correct in Italian?


Could anyone explain WHY '...io non ho nessuno' is not correct, please


Could you also say "non ho niente" here?


kpferdeort answered that four years ago. Non ho niente means "I have nothing", not "I don't have any (friends)".


Why can't the friends be feminine? The response, "Lui ha molte amice, io no ne ho alcuna" was rejected.


I think it should be acceptable, except that the plural of 'amica is 'amiche', not 'amice'. This is apparently to keep the hard 'c' as you go from singular to plural, amica->amiche, though why you should have to keep it for the feminine case and not for the masculine one (amico->amici) is not explained. It is how it is.


Seriously, could someone please shed some light over why one needs the ne here? Doesn't the ne imply that the speaker refers to not having any of them, i.e. the bunch of friends the guy has?


No, it substitutes for the word amici, not the particular friends referred to by the previous use of this word earlier in the sentence. See Jae633849's explanation close to the start of the thread.


"Lui ha molti amici, io ne ho nessuno" was rejected. I do not know why. any comments please?


You need a "non" immediately before the "ne".


Why is "io non ne ho alcuni" wrong?


See mdsawyermd's post very close to the top of the current thread. Or f.formica's post at the top of this one: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/618448/What-is-the-difference-between-alcuno-alcuna-and-alcuni


I don't understand why "ne" is here. I feel like the sentence is trying to say "He has a lot of friends, but I don't have any friends" as opposed to "any of his friends". Do you still need "ne" if it's not saying "of them"?


Interesting question. I think that 'ne' relates to the noun "amici" rather than the particular persons whom "lui" has as friends. So 'ne' is saying "of them", but the "them" is friends in general, not the specific friends of "lui" previously mentioned.

There's probably a better way of putting this, but I hope you see what I mean.


So "ne" doesn't just represent "of them" but rather any subject that you don't want to repeat. Is that right?


It indicates "of them" or "of it", but I'm not sure I understand what you mean exactly by "any subject that you don't want to repeat". Do you have an example in mind?


This sentence is an example, based on what you said. If the "ne" refers to "amici" in general, then it seems that you use it instead of repeating "amici".


Ah I see. Yes that's right. Except that if you wanted to repeat the noun (and not use "ne") you would need to use the singular "alcun amico": io non ho alcun amico.

(Note that here "alcun" is an adjective, while in the original example at the head of the the thread "alcuno" is a pronoun: that accounts for the different endings even though both are singular!)

For more on this, see mdsawyermd's post very close to the top of the current thread. Or f.formica's post at the top of this one: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/618448/What-is-the-difference-between-alcuno-alcuna-and-alcuni


See Jae633849's answer (above) to a similar question I posed about a year ago.


Why does DL require one to include the pronouns [lui... io...] I thought that the verb states the pronoun?


This sentence is all about contrasting his situation with mine. In such contexts the respective pronouns are used for emphasis.


va bene, grazie.


Can anyone tell me why I can't put io at the end of this sentence?


Why is Nessuno not accepted. It’s offered in the dictionary.


i do not get "ne" at all. why is it never part of the drop down hints?


Did you read Jae633849's post close to the top of the thread? That explains it pretty well.


saw that, grazie mille!


i feel attacked (ب_ب)


why is 'io non ne ho nessuno ' not accepted

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