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Top 10 Negative Spanish Words with Expressions

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In Spanish, a negative statement can be made by simply placing a "No" before the verb in a statement. A good example to understand the usage of No can be "I don't speak mandarin", which in Spanish would be "No hablo mandarin". 

Generally like all mature languages like English, Spanish has many ways to express a negative statement. Please review the negative and positive word examples given below.


Spanish Positive and Negative Vocabulary

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  • Positive: sí (yes)  =Negative: No (no)

  • siempre / nunca =Always / Never

  • también / tampoco  =Too / Neither

  • todavía / ya no =Still / no longer

  • todo / nada =All / Nothing

  • ya / aún no =Already / not yet

  • algo / nada =Something / nothing

  • a veces / jamás =Sometimes / never

  • alguna vez, otra vez / ninguna vez, nunca  =Sometimes, another time / never

  • alguno / ninguno =Some / none

  • o / ni, ni siquiera  =Or / nor, not even

What are Double Negative Statements in Spanish?

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Double Negative Statements : Generally many langues have double negatives Example 'I don't go there never' . Observe the double negative word in single expression to emphasize the negation.

  • Yo no voy allí nunca. =I don’t go there never

  • Yo no voy a ningún sitio. =I don’t go to no place

Complaining in Spanish

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To Complain in Spanish, you should use "falta", meaning "There isn't enough" or faltan meaning There aren't enough!

  • Falta… =There isn't enough

  • Falta información.  =There isn’t enough information.

  • Faltan sillas.  =There aren’t enough chairs.

Use Hay to say What there isn't.

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Use hay or no hay to talk about what there is and what there isn’t.

  • No hay agua caliente.  =There isn’t any hot water.

  • Hay cucurachas en el piso.  =There are cockroaches in the flat.

Use No queda… for Singular or Plural Noun, When something has finished!

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  • No queda papel higiénico en el servicio de señoras =There isn’t any toilet paper left in the ladies.

  • No quedan folletos informativos.  =There aren’t any leaflets left.

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