Negative Adverbs

Adverbios negativos

To make a Spanish statement or question negative, place «no» in front of the verb.

No tengo un lápiz.   I don’t have a pencil.
Elena no está aquí.   Elena is not here.
¿No tienes hambre?   Aren’t you hungry?

There are a number of negative expressions that work with no.

no … nunca
no … jamás
  never
no … nunca más   never again
no … tampoco   neither, not either
no … en/por ninguna parte   nowhere
ya no*   no more
todaviá no*   not yet

These negative adverbs may be used in two different ways.

1. One part usage: Place the negative word in front of the verb and drop the no (the negative expressions with * cannot be used this way).

Juan nunca trabaja los sábados.   Juan never works on Saturday.
Tampoco tengo un gato.   I don’t have a cat either.

2. Two part usage: Place no in front of the verb and the negative adverb after it.

Juan no trabaja nunca los sábados.   Juan never works on Saturday.
No tengo tampoco un gato.   I don’t have a cat either.

Test: Negative adverbs

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