How would I say, for example, "I couldn't find any food"?

Thank you.

  • Possible duplicate of If I wish to say "any," do I just use "de"? Jan 11, 2018 at 13:58
  • Frankly, I doubt a French person would say that like that. What do you mean by food, you mean like food in the kitchen? Do you mean: something to eat? Please provide context.
    – Lambie
    Jan 11, 2018 at 21:50
  • @Lambie I was referring to food in a refrigerator, for example.
    – CMK
    Jan 13, 2018 at 16:31
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    @Feelew It seems to be a duplicate.
    – CMK
    Jan 13, 2018 at 16:31

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If you want to sound formal, I'm thinking of

Le/la moindre

Je n'ai pas trouvé la moindre nourriture

Je n'en ai pas le moindre doute

If you want to sound casual, like anyone in France (because the above answer if very fancy), you should go for :

Je n'ai pas trouvé de nourriture.

Just put nothing. I don't feel like this is any different from the affirmative form.

  • Je n'ai trouvé aucune nourriture dans le frigo. C'était vide.
    – Lambie
    Jan 11, 2018 at 21:52
  • @Lambie C'est très bien aussi ! Et c'est entre mes deux solutions, point de vue formel/informel :) ! Jan 12, 2018 at 8:33
  • Thank you. If I were to translate the first sentence of the formal form, it would be, "I did not find the least (or lowest) food", right? If that is the case, then it sounds more emphatic than the informal form, which just uses the partitive article. Thank you again.
    – CMK
    Jan 13, 2018 at 16:29
  • That's correct ! Glad I could help ! Jan 15, 2018 at 9:55

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