Spanish Grammar: Negación
Negation

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Spanish Grammar: Negación
Negation

I don't know if you already noticed but Spanish isn't always a very... precise language.
What? How can it not be precise? What exactly makes it imprecise?
There are some words in Spanish that express an inaccurate amount of things or people.
What do you need that kind of thing for?
Well, you need it, for example, when you're not sure about something. Look at these examples:
THINGSPEOPLE
+ Algo ¿Quieres algo para comer? Do you want something to eat?+ Alguien ¿Alguien quiere ir al cine? Does someone want to go to the cinema?
- Nada No hay nada para comer. There isn't anything to eat.- Nadie Nadie quiere ir al cine. Nobody wants to go to the cinema.
Now let's think of a group of things or people. Sometimes we want to talk about some or none of them.
Hmm... that sounds like you're talking but not saying anything. Examples, please!
Algún Alguno/-a/-os/-asa, some, any
Ningún Ninguno/-a/-os/-asno, none, any
We use algún and ningún before a noun.
We use alguno and ninguno after a noun.
¿Tienes algún pantalón negro para mí?
Do you have any black trousers for me?
Ninguna camiseta me queda bien.
No T-shirt fits me.
¿Tienes alguna pregunta?
Do you have any questions?
No queda ningún bombón.
There's no chocolate left.
Watch out with agreement!
Alguno and ninguno are adjectives and will change depending on the noun that they accompany.