Forming negative sentences using no (negation)

In Spanish, to make a sentence negative simply put no before the verb:

No hago deporte.I don't exercise.

Fernanda no compra pan.Fernanda does not buy bread.

No duermes mucho.You don't sleep much.

If the sentence has reflexive pronouns: me, te, se, le, nos, os, les, then no goes in front of these:

No me levanto antes de las ocho.I don't get up before eight.

Tú no te lavas los dientes todos los días.You don't brush your teeth every day.

No se visten antes de las siete.They don't get dressed before seven.

Nosotros no nos duchamos por la mañana.We don't have a shower in the morning.


In Spanish, the adverb no is often repeated to emphasise the negation.

¿Vas al médico? – No, no voy al médico.Are you going to the doctor? - No, I am not going to the doctor.

See also Oración negativa and Forming negative sentences using no (negation) with complex verbal structures.

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No me levanto antes de las ocho.I don't get up before eight.
Tú no te lavas los dientes todos los días.You don't brush your teeth every day.
Nosotros no bebemos y conducimos.We don't drink and drive.
No duermes mucho.You don't sleep much.
Nosotros no nos duchamos por la mañana.We don't have a shower in the morning.
Yo no hablo alemán.I don't speak German.
Fernanda no compra pan.Fernanda does not buy bread.
Javier y Mario no juegan al fútbol.Javier and Mario don't play football.
no estudias mucho.You don't study a lot.
No hago deporte.I don't exercise.
Elena no quiere café.Elena doesn't want any coffee.
No se visten antes de las siete.They don't get dressed before seven.
Ella no  se despierta temprano.She doesn't wake up early.
¿Vas al médico? – No, no voy al médico.Are you going to the doctor? - No, I am not going to the doctor.
Vosotros no sois altos.You are not tall.
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