How to Say No in Latin

Two Methods:Negating the VerbProviding a Negative Answer

If you're learning a new language, yes and no will probably be among the first words you learn. In Latin, we encounter a small problem with this, because the Latin language doesn't have a specific word for no. Luckily, the Romans were quite creative, which resulted in a variety of ways to answer in a negative manner.

Method 1
Negating the Verb

  1. 1
    Listen carefully to the sentence. Determine the main verb.
  2. 2
    Repeat the main verb and add non. Some examples:
    • "Estne puella pulchra?" "Non est." ("Is the girl beautiful?" "She is not.")
    • "Villam emit?" "Non emit." ("Does he buy a villa?" "He buys not." [=He doesn't])
  3. 3
    Don't use this with long questions. If you're dealing with a long sentence and multiple parts, this method isn't the best one.

Method 2
Providing a Negative Answer

  1. 1
    Say Minime. This means In the least way.
    • It is pronounced as mee-nee-me.
  2. 2
    Say Nullo modo. This means In no way, or simply No way.
    • It is pronounced as Nooh-loh Moh-doh.
  3. 3
    Say Haud. This means Not at all.
    • It is pronounced as Haowt.
  4. 4
    Say Non quidem. This means Certainly not.
    • It is pronounced as Nohn kwee-dehm.

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