Negative Adjectives

Negative adjectives in Italian
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Aggettivi negativi

Italian negative adjectives are used to negate or refuse nouns. Like other negative structures, negative adjectives – also called indefinite negative adjectives – have two parts.

Per esempio…

Non ho nessuna idea.   I have no idea, I don’t have any idea(s).
Non fa alcuna differenza.   It makes no difference.

Characteristics of negative adjectives

  1. Used in place of an article, not with one
  2. Have two parts: the word non, which precedes the verb, and a second word which precedes the noun
  3. Are always singular
  4. Must agree with the negated noun in gender
  5. Have a different masculine form in front of complex sounds

Italian negative adjectives

Masculine   Feminine
alcun   alcuno   alcuna
nessun   nessuno   nessuna

Per esempio…

Non c’è alcun dubbio.   There is no doubt.
Non c’è nessun dubbio.  
Non voglio alcuna birra.   I don’t want any beer.
Non voglio nessuna birra.  

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Italian negative adjectives

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