Mind Lab Pro®  - Your brain is your universe

Negative sentences – Italian grammar lesson 11

To practice this grammar topic, take Lesson 11 of Ripeti Con Me!
Mind Lab Pro®  - Not all supplements are the same


Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on pinterest
Share on reddit

How to use negative sentences in Italian?

Discover this grammar lesson with simple rules and examples.

negative sentences Italian

Negative sentences

Making a sentence negative is very simple in Italian. While in English negative sentences are created by adding negative words like “isn’t”, “aren’t”, “doesn’t”, “don’t”, or “didn’t”, in Italian, we just need the negative word “non”.

You’ll probably also hear the word “no”, but you’ll only need it to answer a yes and no question since it literally means “no”.

Non – negative word

We use the negative word non right before the verb. Let’s have a look at some examples.

Make sure you focus on the negative word non and how we use it:

Lei non viene.

She isn’t coming.

Tu non vai a casa?

Aren’t you going home?

Non parlo francese.

I don’t speak French.

Oggi non lavoro.

I’m not working today.

Elisabetta e Marta non sanno niente.

Elisabetta and Marta don’t know anything.

Negative sentences in Italian

Other negative words

There are other negative words that you’ll find very useful. These words usually go after the main verb or at the end of the sentence.

Interestingly, unlike English, they are preceded by another negative word (non).

So, basically in Italian, we have to use double negatives since otherwise, the sentence would be incorrect.

Let’s have a look at these negative words:

  • Nessuno (nobody/no one)
  • Niente (nothing)
  • Nulla (nothing)
  • Mai (never)
Free ebook
How to Learn Languages Fast

The structure is the following:+ non + verb + nessuno/niente/nulla/mai...

Here are some examples:

Stasera non viene nessuno.

No one is coming tonight.

Non vedo niente.

I can’t see anything.

Lei non vuole nulla.

She doesn’t want anything.

Loro non vengono mai da noi.

They never come to ours.

Making a sentence negative in Italian

Are you serious about learning Italian? Check out our premium resources to become fluent fast!

Leave a Reply

Mind Lab Pro® - The Universal Nootropic™
dolce vita logo

We're already friends!

Coming from Luca and Marina?
Here's a special deal for you!
Just tell me where I should send the coupon.

50% off your first month

all language resources

We're already friends!

Coming from All Language Resources?
Here's a special deal for you!
Just tell me where I should send the coupon.

50% off your first month


50% off your first month

Before you leave, grab a coupon while it’s available.
You may redeem it at any time.

Would you also like a couple of free resources?
No need to look around, just tick the boxes below.