"Vous n'offrez rien."

Translation:You do not offer anything.

December 31, 2012



I am guessing that "pas" is not needed after "n'offres" because "rien" takes its place and serves the same function--is that correct?

July 30, 2015

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That's right. French almost always uses negative terms in pairs:

  • ne...pas = not
  • ne...rien = not any, not anything
  • ne...aucun(e) = no one
  • ne...jamais = never
March 23, 2016


What about "ne...personne"?

June 20, 2016

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Of course, my little list is only an example. For a more thorough treatment, here's an excellent resource: http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/negation.htm

June 20, 2016


Thank you!

June 21, 2016


How would you say "you don't offer us anything"? wouldn't the contraction "n'[next word]" be used twice?

Also, how come "pas" isn't used here?

April 7, 2015


vous ne nous offrez rien. = you don't offer us anything.

ne can be used with other words to show negation, not only with pas

ne ... plus = no more / not any more
Je n'ai plus d'argent. = i don't have any more money.

ne ... jamais = never
Je ne comprends jamais. = i never understand.

April 8, 2015


Shouldn't this be You offer nothing?

July 1, 2016

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It is one of the accepted answers.

August 29, 2016


I said "you offer us nothing" and it got marked wrong...

September 21, 2017


The "us" part is not in the phrase though. Your statement would be "Vous ne nous offrez rien."

November 30, 2017


I just wanted to remind people that the infinitive is offrir, but it is conjugated like an -er verb, not an -ir verb. (j'offre, tu offres , il/elle/on offre, nous offrons, vous offrez, ils/elles offrent) Rather than like the verb finir (je finis, tu finis, il/elle/on finit, nous finissons, vous finissez, ils/elles finissent), it is conjugated similar to parler (je parle, tu parles, il/elle/on parle, nous parlons, vous parlez, ils/elles parlent). I know this sometimes isn't particularly evident in Duolingo, given that Duo doesn't make it clear what the infinitive is of a verb, it just gives you a sentence with the verb already conjugated, so it may be hard to tell.

November 18, 2016


Thanks this is quite helpful.just when you think you have started to figure out a particular pattern.....you come accross an exception like this and it becomes so tricky..sigh*.I wont give up!

May 10, 2017


I'm pretty sure it should still accept "you offer nothing"

December 12, 2017


What if I want to say, "You have nothing to offer," instead? What will it be in French?

September 21, 2015


I think will be " Tu n'as rien à offrir ".

March 30, 2016


That's what I put, it didn't like it. I thought it would.

April 25, 2017


I think this can also be translated in English as "you are offering us nothing" and should be allowed as a translation. After all direct translation is not necessarily the best translation.

March 2, 2017


"Us" is not in the sentence, so it would have to be "You are offering nothing".

March 2, 2017


You have nothing to offer. This is not accepted.

April 25, 2017


I think you might have something to offer - but you are offering nothing, which I think should be accepted.

December 22, 2017


Something wrong with this one

June 7, 2016

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What might that be?

August 29, 2016


I wrote you did not offer anything but they said it was wrong and that it was " did not" what is the diffrence

June 22, 2016

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"You did not offer anything" is past tense whereas "Vous n'offrez rien" is present tense. You did not offer anything = vous n'avez rien offert.

August 29, 2016


what is the difference between proposer and offrir? can they be used interchangeably?

June 29, 2016


French and English hitting each other with the use of grammar. Hard but enjoyable.

December 6, 2016


Please, please, please, Duo! Offer us a choice between male and female voices!

January 17, 2017


What would be wrong with "You have nothing to offer"?

March 8, 2017


I think it's acceptable. Maybe I'm wrong, duolingo thinks so. I shall ask my French boyfriend.

April 25, 2017


If you want money and I'm broke, you can say "you have nothing to offer."

But if I have 100 dollars but I don't give you a dime, you can say "you offer nothing."

The difference is crystal clear.

March 12, 2019


In the type what you hear exercise, there is no "f" sound at all in the male speaker's voice; the consonant is distinctly a "c".

January 24, 2019
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