Negative and Positive Statements (called Not internally) is the eleventh skill of the German language tree. In this lesson, you learn how to say something is not something else, using the German word nicht.

Grammar NotesEdit


Nicht is the German word for "not," and has a few special uses. It can:

  • Negate a definite article (der, die, das, etc.);
  • Negate a possessive pronoun (more on those later);
  • Negate a verb (I am not drinking this);
  • Negate an adverb (such as immer); and most importantly in this skill
  • Negate an adjective following the verb sein.

Where does nicht go?Edit

Nicht is placed before adjectives and adverbs, except when in a sentence with secondary verb or in a yes/no question. In the case of a secondary verb, it comes after all the adjectives and adverbs, and just in front of the secondary verb. In a question, it will come at the very end.


  • nicht = not
  • stark = strong
  • traurig = sad
  • gesund = healthy
  • einfach = easy
  • lustig = funny
  • fertig = ready, done


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