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"ni" Spanish translation


The Spanish conjunction 'ni' is used to express negation and exclusion. It is similar to the English word 'nor' or 'neither'.

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Meaning: Neither

No tengo ni tiempo ni dinero.

I have neither time nor money.

Meaning: Nor

No me gusta el café ni el té.

I don't like coffee nor tea.

Meaning: Not even

No puedo ni caminar.

I can't even walk.

Meaning: And not

No quiero ir ni tampoco quedarme.

I don't want to go and not stay either.


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A1: No tengo ni hermanos ni hermanas.

A1: I don't have any brothers or sisters.

A1: No quiero ni café ni té, gracias.

A1: I don't want either coffee or tea, thank you.

A1: No sé ni bailar ni cantar.

A1: I don't know how to dance or sing.

B1: No he visto ni la película ni el libro.

B1: I haven't seen neither the movie nor the book.

B1: No había comido ni desayunado cuando llegué a casa.

B1: I hadn't eaten neither breakfast nor lunch when I arrived home.

B1: No sabía si iba a llover o hacer sol, así que llevé tanto el paraguas como las gafas de sol.

B1: I didn't know if it was going to rain or be sunny, so I brought both the umbrella and the sunglasses.

C1: Ni él ni yo hemos estado en ese país antes.

C1: Neither he nor I have been in that country before.

C1: No me gusta ni el fútbol ni el baloncesto, prefiero otros deportes.

C1: I don't like neither soccer nor basketball, I prefer other sports.

C1: No había visto ni una película tan emocionante como esta.

C1: I hadn't seen such an exciting movie like this one.

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The conjunction 'ni' is commonly used in negative sentences to join two or more elements that are being excluded or denied. It is often used after the negative words 'no' or 'ninguno/a' (none) to emphasize the absence of something or someone. For example, 'No tengo ni tiempo ni dinero' means 'I have neither time nor money'.

'Ni' can also be used to express a series of negative options. In this case, it is equivalent to the English word 'nor'. For example, 'No me gusta ni el fútbol ni el baloncesto' means 'I don't like either soccer or basketball'.

It's important to note that when using 'ni', each element connected by the conjunction should be preceded by the negative word or expression. Additionally, 'ni' can also be used as an adverb meaning 'not even', indicating a stronger denial or exclusion. For example, 'No quiero ni verlo' means 'I don't even want to see it'.

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