A.R.M. (kinkyturtle) wrote,
A.R.M.
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Nein & kein

Oh man, so many English-speaking people don't realize that in German, there are *two* words for "no". There's the one everybody knows, "nein", which is simply the opposite of "yes", as in:

Hast du dein Lieblingskrokodil Günter gefüttert, bevor du ausging, um deine Freunde beim Klub zu treffen?
Nein.


But then there's another word: KEIN. "Kein" means "no" when used before a noun, in the sense of "not a" or "not any". Examples:

"kein Wasser" = "no water"
"Er ist kein Doktor." = "He is not a doctor."
"keine Ahnung!" = "no idea!"
"Es gibt keine Kartoffeln." = "There are no potatoes."

(Grammar note: "kein" is used before masculine and neuter nouns, and "keine" is used before feminine and plural nouns. And that's just in the nominative case!)
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