Decoded Slug: Absolute negative construction 'không … gì…'

Vietnamese Grammar Point
Absolute negative construction 'không … gì…'

Absolute negative construction 'không … gì…'

Short explanation:

Used to assert that something does not exist or is not the case.


'Không' + noun/verb + 'gì'


Tôi không có gì ngoài bút và sách.
I have nothing but a pen and a book.
Anh ấy không biết gì về vấn đề này.
He knows nothing about this issue.
Chúng tôi không thảo luận gì hết.
We didn't discuss anything at all.
Cô ấy không hề hài lòng về bất cứ thứ gì với công việc mới của mình.
She's not happy about anything at all in her new job.

Long explanation:

The Vietnamese absolute negative construction 'không … gì…' is used to express the absolute absence of something or to deny the existence or occurrence of something to any degree, equivalent to 'no ... at all' in English. It reinforces the negative meaning of the sentence.

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