Negatives in French in a Story

Negatives in French

How to form Negatives in French:

Put NE before and PAS after the verb to make it negative:
(Ne becomes  n’ in front of a vowel)
Je ne suis pas      I am not
Je n’ai pas              I do not have

Nothing and Never:
Je n’ai rien                        I have nothing
Je ne mange jamais    
I never eat

Watch the video, read and translate the story, do the online revision quiz + printable worksheet. for practice using negatives in French in context:

The main character has many reasons to be negative:
never have a steak
Je ne mange jamais un bifteck!

My meal is not interesting
Mon repas n’est pas intéressant!

I eat nothing good
Je ne mange rien de bon!

NOTE:  ‘Les courses’ is incorrectly referred to as ‘ils’ on the videos.  This is wrong because ‘courses’ is feminine plural.

Negatives in French Video

Video clip in French with French AND English subtitles:

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Free Downloadable PDF Worksheet:  Negatives in French

Negatives in French Revision Quiz


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Have another go after studying the grammar and working with the story video in this resource: Negatives in French

#1. I am not happy. ? Content has an 'e' on the end because 'I' refers to Maggie in the story, and she is female.

#2. My meal is not good.

#3. Steaks are never for me.

#4. It is not right!

#5. But ... It is not possible!

#6. It is not for you, Billy.

#7. My bone is not for you.

#8. I don't like Twitter, but I like my bone! ? Maggie has a bone because of a conversation on Twitter!

#9. We shouldn't always follow advice on Twitter!

#10. I am never happy when my meal is not interesting.


Transcript in French:
Mon repas n’est pas intéressant!
Je ne mange rien de bon!
Quand est-ce que je mange un bifteck?
Je ne mange jamais un bifteck!
Cependant …
Je m’intéresse toujours aux courses.
Oui, je sais.  Elles ne sont jamais pour moi!

Mais, qu’est-ce qu’il y a dans ce sac en plastique?
Ce n’est pas possible!  Il y a des os!
À cause d’une conversation sur Twitter!
Lisez!  Regardez bien!

Ma maîtresse me donne un os!
Quelle confusion!  Pour moi c’est un trésor!
Je veux cacher mon trésor!
Ce n’est pas pour toi!
Non, ça ne va pas!
Ici peut-être?
Non, ça ne va pas non plus!
Non Billy!  Ce n’est pas pour toi!
J’essaie encore …
Mais je ne suis pas contente!

Enfin je suis trop fatiguée …
Et j’ai mal au ventre!
Il ne faut pas toujours suivre les conseils sur Twitter!
Mais ça va.  Ne vous inquiétez pas!
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(Answer as Maggie in French)

1.  Is your regular meal interesting?

2.  Do you normally have good things to eat?

3.  How often do you eat steak?

4.  What do you say to Billy?

5.  Are you happy about where to hide your bone?

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