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Oración negativa

Spanish Negative Form

Negative describes a statement that uses a grammatically negative construction (as opposed to affirmative).

In Spanish, the negative form requires usually just one word: no, but sometimes two: no ... nunca, no ... nada.

La casa no es grande.
The house isn't big.

Yo no como nunca espinacas.
I never eat spinach.

Nosotros nunca bebemos alcohol.
We never drink alcohol.

Ellos no tienen más azúcar.
They don't have any sugar.

Ella no lee nada.
She doesn't read anything.

Note that in sentences with the word nunca, there are two ways to make a sentence negative:

Nunca + verb

No +verb + nunca

Note: The term "negative" refers to the grammatical construction, not the meaning of the sentence.

Questions (interrogative statements) and commands (imperative statements) can also be negative:

¿Por qué no está respondiendo?
Why isn't he answering?

¡No pises el cesped!
Don't walk on the grass!

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