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ni(
nee
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A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
conjunction
1. (copulative)
a. nor
No quiero ir al cine ni al museo esta noche.I don't want to go to the movies nor the museum tonight.
2. (intensifier)
a. not even
Nadie hablaba, ni los niños.Nobody was talking, not even the children.
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ni
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
conjunction
1. (general)
a.
ni… ni…neither… nor…
ni mañana ni pasadoneither tomorrow nor the day after
no… ni…neither… nor…, not… or… (either)
no es alto ni bajohe's neither tall nor short, he's not tall or short (either)
no es rojo ni verde ni azulit's neither red nor green nor blue
ni un/una…not a single…
no me quedaré ni un minuto másI'm not staying a minute longer
ni uno/unanot a single one
no he aprobado ni unaI haven't passed a single one
ni queas if
¡ni que yo fuera tonto!as if I were that stupid!
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
adverb
2. (general)
a. not even
ni siquieranot even
anda tan atareado que ni tiene tiempo para comerhe's so busy he doesn't even have time to eat
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ni
conjunction
1 (y no) (con verbo negativo en inglés) or; (con verbo afirmativo en inglés) nor
no le gustan las plantas ni los animales he doesn't like plants or animals; no bebe ni fuma he doesn't smoke or drink; un edificio sin puertas ni ventanas a building without doors or windows; —a mí no me gusta —ni a mí "I don't like it" — "nor do I" o "neither do I"; ni... ni ...: no tenía ni amigos ni familiares he had no friends and no family (either); he had no friends or family; he had neither friends nor family; no es ni blanco ni negro it's not black and it's not white (either); it's neither black nor white; no vinieron ni Juan ni Pedro Juan didn't come and neither did Pedro; neither Juan nor Pedro came; ni vino ni llamó por teléfono he didn't come and he didn't phone (either); he neither came nor phoned
-¿quién ganó? -ni el uno ni el otro: uno de fuera ni el uno ni el otro no está ni aquí ni allí no quiere ni sal ni mostaza sin padre ni madre vive en un apartamento pequeño y austero, sin teléfono ni frigorífico dormían en el suelo del calabozo, sin colchones ni mantas un mundo sin principio ni fin estuvieron varios días en la montaña sin agua ni comida la publicación se ha realizado sin conocimiento ni permiso de los herederos
ni lo sé ni me importa I don't know and I don't care; ni que lo hagas bien ni que lo hagas mal te dirán nada whether you do it well or badly, they won't say anything
2 (para dar más énfasis) even
no sabe ni dónde está Moscú he doesn't even know where Moscow is; ni a ti te lo dirá he won't tell even YOU; no lo compraría ni aunque tuviera dinero I wouldn't buy it even if I had the money; no tengo ni idea I have no idea; no ha llamado ni nada he hasn't phoned or anything; ni se sabe God knows; who knows?
ni siquiera not even
ni siquiera nos ha visto he didn't even see us; ni siquiera me llamó he didn't even phone me
ni uno
—¿cuántos tienes? —ni uno "how many have you got?" — "not a single one" o "none"; no hemos comprado ni un regalo we haven't bought a single present; no me ha dicho ni una palabra desde que llegó she hasn't said a single word to me since she got here; ni uno de sus parientes lo ha felicitado not (a single) one of his relatives has congratulated him; no tengo ni un duro I haven't got a penny
3 (exclamaciones)
¡ni hablar! no way!; not on your life!
¿yo? ¿votar a esos? ¡ni hablar! me vote for them? no way! o not on your life!
No pienso decirlo. Ni hablar -me lo llevo de recuerdo -Ni hablar. Se queda aqui! -mamá,¿puedo salir esta noche? -¡ni hablar!: tienes que estudiar
¡ni por esas!
he intentado convencerla prometiéndole un regalo, pero ni por esas I tried to persuade her with a present but even that didn't work
la serie no funcionaba; se cambió a una hora más apropiada, pero ni por esas No sé qué me ocurría a mí aquella tarde que ni por esas me entraron ganas de volver a casa
ni que
siempre cuidando de él, ¡ni que fueras su madre! you're always taking care of him, anyone would think you were his mother!; vaya unos humos que tiene, ¡ni que fuese un dios! he's so arrogant, he must think he's God!; ¡pero tú qué te has creído!, ¡ni que yo fuese tonto! you must think I'm stupid or something!; ¡qué curso ni qué curso! ¡yo he aprendido por mi cuenta! what are you talking about, taking a course? I've studied by myself!
4
ni bien (Arg) (Uru) as soon as
ni bien me fui, sonó el teléfono as soon as I left, the phone rang
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