Unit 1.1

Negative Determiners


Introduction

Negative determiners convey a negative meaning for clauses, words and expressions.

Form

We use negative determiners in positive sentence to emphasise a negative idea.

The most commonly used are no, none of, nobody, nothing, no one and nowhere.

NOTE: None of comes before a determiner or a pronouns

Use

We use these determiners to emphasise a negative idea about the quantity of something, someone and places.

We find:

  • For something: no, none of, nothing;
  • For someone: nobody, no one;
  • For places: nowhere.

Summary

We use negative determiners in positive sentences to convey a negative idea about the quantity of something, someone and places.

We find:

  • For something: no, none of, nothing;
  • For someone: nobody, no one;
  • For places: nowhere.

NOTE: None of comes before a determiner or a pronoun.

For example:
“I saw nobody.” = The sentence is more emphatic.
♦ “I didn’t see anybody.” = The sentence is less emphatic.

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