Negative Adjective

Spanish negative adjective
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Adjetivo negativo

The Spanish negative adjective is used to negate or refuse nouns. Like some other negative structures, the negative adjective – also called the indefinite negative adjective – has two parts.

Por ejemplo …

No tengo ninguna idea.   I have no idea.
No veo ningunos anteojos.   I don’t see any eyeglasses.

Characteristics of negative adjectives

  1. Used in place of an article, not with one
  2. Has two parts: no, which precedes the verb, and ninguno, which goes between the verb and noun.
  3. Must agree with the negated noun in gender and number

Spanish negative adjectives

Like other adjectives, ninguno has different forms to agree with the noun that it modifies:

singular plural
masculine ninguno ningunos
feminine ninguna ningunas

 In addition, when ninguno precedes a masculine singular noun, it changes to ningún.

Por ejemplo …

No tengo ningún dinero.   I don’t have any money.
No hay ningún peligro.   There is no danger.
Ayer no he visto ningún estudiante.   Yesterday I didn’t see any students.

To stress the negation, the negative adjective can be placed after the noun.

Por ejemplo …

No tengo dinero ninguno.   I have absolutely no money.
No es problema ninguno.   It’s no problem at all.

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