French translation of 'not'
1. (with verb) ne ... pas
I’m not sure. Je ne suis pas sûr.
You must not do this. Tu ne dois pas faire ça.
He isn’t at home.,He’s not at home. Il n’est pas chez lui.
It’s not raining.,It isn’t raining. Il ne pleut pas.
You shouldn’t do that. Tu ne devrais pas faire ça.
They haven’t arrived yet. Ils ne sont pas encore arrivés.
2. (as clause substitute)
or not ou pas
Are you coming or not? Est-ce que tu viens ou pas ?
I hope not j’espère que non
“Can you lend me £10?” — “I’m afraid not.” « Est-ce que tu peux me prêter dix livres ? » — « Non, désolé. »
not at all pas du tout; (in answer to thanks) de rien
Thank you. - Not at all. Merci. - De rien.(denying or contradicting) pas du tout
No, not at all. Non, pas du tout.
3. (with following adverb, pronoun, noun, determiner) pas
not really pas vraiment
“Did you like the film?” — “Not really.” « Tu as aimé le film ? » — « Pas vraiment. »
not yet pas encore
“Have you finished?” — “Not yet.” « As-tu fini ? » — « Pas encore. »
not me pas moi
Who’s going to do the washing-up? Not me. Qui va faire la vaisselle ? Pas moi.
not even même pas
There’s not even a pub. Il n’y a même pas de bar.
not just pas seulement
There is always a black market, not just in Britain. Il y a du marché noir partout, pas seulement en Grande-Bretagne.
not only non seulement
These movies are not only making money; they were also perceived to be original. Non seulement ces films font de l’argent ; ils étaient également considérés comme originaux.
Not all the money had been used wisely. Tout l’argent n’avait pas été utilisé à bon escient.
Not every applicant had a degree. Les candidats n’avaient pas tous de diplôme universitaire.
Not one word was published. Pas un seul mot n’a été publié.
4. (= less than) moins de
not five yards away à moins de cinq mètres
not five minutes ago il y a moins de cinq minutes
5. (making contrasts, contradictions) et non pas
Training is an investment, not a cost. La formation est un investissement et non pas un coût.
not because non pas parce que
not that non pas que
His death took me a year to get over; not that you’re ever really over it. J’ai mis un an à me remettre de son décès ; non pas qu’on s’en remette jamais vraiment.
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Example Sentences Including 'not'
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Or it may not mean very much at all.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Some local residents did not want to comment.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
Some were not afraid to complain if investments did not live up to their expectations.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
Pictures are not always better on the radio.Times, Sunday Times (2015)
You may not need to use all the stock.The Sun (2016)
Maybe he is not finished just yet?The Sun (2016)
These young props have emerged not so much from the shadows as the back of beyond.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
They had better not dare fold like they did in the last two games.The Sun (2015)
They really did not want to let him go but felt they were forced to.The Sun (2016)
Things have not gone her way this season but there have been excuses.The Sun (2016)
Turns out they did not really need him.The Sun (2016)
We are not afraid of any team.The Sun (2016)
Yesterday he was not quite so boisterous.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
It is not known whether she is still on the list.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
It may not go away that easily.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Not a single one plans a cut.The Sun (2016)
Not one of the four healthy sons did a stroke.The Sun (2010)
She wanted not their love but their attention and forgiveness.Times, Sunday Times (2017)
The success of their efforts may not be known for some time.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
They need looking after not just now but consistently.The Sun (2010)
This is not just a matter of taxes.Times, Sunday Times (2006)
Times when the range is not used are increasingly infrequent and rarely coincide with ideal surfing conditions.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
We can not have something like this in my view happen again.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
We hope that will not happen but this is uncharted territory.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
What she was trying to say is this is not something she recommends.The Sun (2016)
You do not get big wins in world football any more.The Sun (2008)
But this is not the way to do it.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
Yet it is not going to be plain sailing in the coming months.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
The options presented here are certainly not exhaustive.Christianity Today (2000)
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'not' in Other Languages
British English: not /nɒt/ ADVERB
You use not or n't to show that something is the opposite of true.
Their plan was not working.
I don't trust him anymore.
- American English: not
- Arabic: لَا
- Brazilian Portuguese: não
- Chinese: 不
- Croatian: ne
- Czech: ne
- Danish: ikke
- Dutch: niet
- European Spanish: no
- Finnish: ei
- French: pas négatif
- German: nicht
- Greek: δεν
- Italian: non
- Japanese: ･･･でない
- Korean: ... 아니다
- Norwegian: ikke
- Polish: nie
- European Portuguese: não
- Romanian: nu
- Russian: нет
- Spanish: no
- Swedish: inte
- Thai: ไม่
- Turkish: yok
- Ukrainian: не
- Vietnamese: không
Translation of not from the Collins English to French Dictionary