Spanish Positive and Negative Words

Beginner Spanish - Level A1

Overview

Mastering the use of positive (affirmative) and negative words in Spanish is an integral step to becoming a more coherent, fluent-like speaker. This unit reviews many of the common words you will need.

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Spanish Affirmative and Negative Words

We use affirmative words to talk about indefinite situations or items and negative words to talk about negative situations. For example:

Affirmative word: I need something to clean up this spill. (indefinite item needed)

Negative word: There is no one here to help me clean this spill. (negative situation)

Take a look at the Spanish affirmative and negative words below:

Affirmative Words

Negative Words

algo - something

nada - nothing

alguien - someone

nadie - nobody

alguno/a/as/os, algún - a, one, any, some

ningún, ninguno/a - none

siempre - always

nunca, jamás - never

alguna vez - ever

nunca, jamás - never

también - also

tampoco - neither

o … o, either … or

ni … ni - neither … nor

*Note: When we use the words alguno and ninguno they must agree in gender with the noun they modify.

 When choosing between a negative and affirmative word, a helpful hint is to remember that if the word “no” has been used before the verb, a negative word must follow. In Spanish, this use of a double negative is not only permitted but required.

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Use the vocabulary set from the lesson (listed below) to fill the following blanks. Remember! Some words must agree in gender and number with the nouns they modify. Be sure to click READ MORE to see the answer key once you’re finished!

Affirmative Words

Negative Words

algo - something

nada - nothing

alguien - someone

nadie - nobody

alguno/a/as, algún - a, one, any, some

ningún, ninguno/a - none

siempre - always

nunca, jamás - never

alguna vez - ever

nunca, jamás - never

también - also

tampoco - neither

o … o, either … or

Todo – all

Todos - everyone

ni … ni - neither … nor

 

1. There is not anything in my purse. - No hay ______ en mi bolsa.

2. I never drink milk. – Yo ______ bebo leche.

3. I always go to sleep early. – Yo ______ me acuesto temprano.

4. Everyone is working. - ______ están trabajando.

5. No one is in the restaurant. - ______ está en el restaurante.

6. I like dogs and I also like cats. Me gustan los perros y ______ me gustan los gatos.

7. We have some clients in the office. – Tenemos ______ clientes en la oficina.

8. My dad doesn’t have a son. – Mi padre ______ tiene un hijo.

9. - Me neither. – Yo ______.

 

Answer key: 1. Nada, 2. Nunca, 3. Siempre, 4. Todos, 5. Nadie, 6. También, 7. Algunos, 8. No, 9. Tampoco

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