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German - English (British) translations for "nicht"

"nicht" German translation




Nicht is a German adverb that translates to 'not' in English. It is used to negate a verb or adjective, indicating the absence of something.

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Meaning: negation

Ich esse nicht gerne Fleisch.

I don't like to eat meat.

Meaning: emphasis

Das war nicht gut, das war fantastisch!

That wasn't good, that was fantastic!

Meaning: questioning

Hast du das Buch nicht gelesen?

Didn't you read the book?

Meaning: conditional

Wenn ich nicht arbeiten müsste, würde ich verreisen.

If I didn't have to work, I would travel.

Meaning: limitation

Ich kann nicht länger bleiben.

I can't stay any longer.


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A1: Ich spreche nicht Deutsch.

I don't speak German.

A1: Er isst nicht gerne Gemüse.

He doesn't like to eat vegetables.

A1: Sie geht heute nicht ins Kino.

She's not going to the cinema today.

B1: Ich habe gestern nicht viel Zeit gehabt.

I didn't have much time yesterday.

B1: Wir werden heute Abend nicht zu Hause sein.

We won't be at home tonight.

B1: Du hättest das Buch nicht kaufen sollen.

You shouldn't have bought the book.

C1: Wenn ich gewusst hätte, dass du kommst, hätte ich nicht schon gegessen.

If I had known you were coming, I wouldn't have already eaten.

C1: Der Zug ist leider nicht pünktlich angekommen.

Unfortunately, the train didn't arrive on time.

C1: Es ist wichtig, dass wir uns nicht nur auf die negativen Aspekte konzentrieren.

It's important that we don't just focus on the negative aspects.

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In German, nicht is an extremely common word and is used in a variety of contexts. It can be used to negate verbs, adjectives, and even entire clauses. For example, 'Ich bin nicht müde' means 'I am not tired', while 'Das ist nicht mein Buch' means 'That is not my book'.

It's important to note that nicht comes after the verb or adjective it negates. For example, 'Ich mag ihn nicht' means 'I don't like him', with nicht coming after the verb mag. This is different from English, where the word 'not' typically comes before the verb.

Another thing to keep in mind is that there are other words in German that can also be used to negate a sentence, such as kein and niemals. However, nicht is by far the most common and versatile of these words.

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