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Allen and Greenough/ New Latin Grammar

Negative Particles

328. The negative is frequently joined with a conjunction or with an indefinite pronoun or adverb. Hence the forms of negation in Latin differ from those in English in many expressions:—

nūllī (neutrī ) crēdō (not nōn crēdō ūllī ), I do not believe either (I believe neither).

sine ūllō perīculō; (less commonly cum nūllō), with no danger (without any danger).

nihil umquam audīvī iūcundius, I never heard anything more amusing.

Cf. negō haec esse vēra (not dīcō nōn esse), I say this is not true (I deny, etc.)

a. In the second of two connected ideas, and not is regularly expressed by neque (nec), not by et nōn:—

hostēs terga vertērunt, neque prius fugere dēstitērunt(B. G. 1.53), the enemy turned and fled, and did not stop fleeing until, etc.

Note— Similarly nec quisquam is regularly used for et nēmō; neque ūllus for et nūllus; nec umquam for et numquam; nēve (neu), for et nē.

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