when "personne" means "persone" and when "no one"

October 29, 2012


@harribo - I think you mean: "Il n'y a personne". The n[e] is the negation of persons present.

i meant to write [person] in place of "persone"

there is a person -> Il y a une personne. There is nobody -> Il y a personne when there is not any article before "personne" it means nobody

Yes of course, we can say both ( I'm french speaker)

Actually, it is an easy one: if you have an article or a demonstrative adjective, then personne = person. "une personne, cette personne". Otherwise, personne= no one.

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