nie

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See also: NIE, niē, nié, niě, niè, -nie, nie-, and -nie-

Aba[edit]

Noun[edit]

nie

  1. water

References[edit]

  • D. T. Tryon, Towards a Classification of Solomon Islands Languages

Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch nie/niet.

Adverb[edit]

nie

  1. never; not
    Hy kan nie Afrikaans praat nie.
    He can't speak Afrikaans

Related terms[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

This word has to be repeated at the end of a sentence (see the Wikipedia article about double negatives in Germanic languages). However, if the verb being negated is the last word of a phrase, nie does not have to be repeated (it should never occur twice back-to-back). Also, when a verb is being used like a present participle, generally nie will only occur once, after that verb.


Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

nie

  1. (dialectal) Alternative form of niet

Usage notes[edit]

  • While the spelling nie and the invariable use of the corresponding pronunciation are dialectal, the standard word niet is not rarely given the same pronunciation, particularly in fast speech.

French[edit]

Verb[edit]

nie

  1. first-person singular present indicative of nier
  2. third-person singular present indicative of nier
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of nier
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of nier
  5. second-person singular imperative of nier

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German nio.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

nie

  1. never, never at all (referring to an indefinite period of time)
    Das ist nie passiert! – That has never happened!
    Wir werden die Wahrheit wohl nie erfahren. – We'll probably never know the truth.
  2. never, not once (referring to a defined period of time; see usage notes below)
    Er hat sich in zwei Wochen nie die Haare gewaschen.
    He never washed his hair in two weeks' time.

Usage notes[edit]

  • (not once): In English it is quite common to use the word “never” referring to a defined period of time: “I was waiting all night, but he never called.” German generally prefers, and often requires, to use nicht (not) in such contexts, possibly emphasized by another adverb such as gar oder überhaupt: Ich habe den ganzen Abend gewartet, aber er hat (gar) nicht angerufen. Using nie is only possible if such a period of time is (unusually) long, as in the example sentence above.

Synonyms[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

External links[edit]

  • nie in Duden online

Anagrams[edit]


Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

nie

  1. rōmaji reading of にえ

Mandarin[edit]

Romanization[edit]

nie

  1. Nonstandard spelling of niē.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of nié.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of niě.
  4. Nonstandard spelling of niè.

Usage notes[edit]

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Polish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Particle[edit]

nie

  1. Negation particle for nouns; no
  2. Negation particle for verbs and participles; not, don't, didn't

Related terms[edit]

External links[edit]

  • nie in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Verb[edit]

nie

  1. obsolete spelling of nije