Friday, January 20, 2012

No Person

Here are two sentences …

Il y a trois personne ici. (hear Il y a, trois, personne, ici)
Il n'y a personne ici.(hear Il n'y a)

Personne sounds like 'person' with a French accent, and means 'person'. Well, most of the time. Except, when it doesn’t.

Here’s what these sentence translate into …

There are three people here.
There is no one here.

Personne on its own means, no body.

You will find this in Tintin comics a lot. Something will happen, Tintin will go to investigate, and “Personne” – no body.

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