Unit 7.2

Negative Determiners


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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.

Example

  • There is no way he is a Capricon.
  • None of the past nights had a full moon.
  • Nobody in the class knew about the Big Dipper.
  • Nothing shines brighter than the sun.
  • There was no one that wanted to join him climb the mountain.
  • There is nowhere a more beautiful natural scenery than this.

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.

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

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

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. Take a look at the {Example} section that shows its use within a context sentence.

Exercises

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