how to use niente nulla nessuno


A statement is negative when it specifies an action or event that has not taken place

or will not take place.

Negative words or phrases turn a positive statement or question into a negative one.

Expressing negation using Niente, Nulla and Nessuno:

  • niente — nothing – Non desidero niente.
  • nulla — nothing – Non compra nulla.
  • nessuno — no one – Nessuno arriva.


mean nothing – (nessuna cosa)

Niente is invariable, refers only to things. It’s only singular and takes the default singular masculine form for the past participle in a compound verbal form.


⇒ When placed after a verb it requires a second negative NON before the verb.

Non c’è niente da fare – There is nothing to do


Non ho niente da dire – I have nothing to say


⇒ When NIENTE come first in the sentence, the NON is not needed.

Niente è più bello di una giornata di sole – Nothing is more beautiful than a sunny day

Niente lo fermerà – Noting will stop him

Niente di grave – Nothing serious


Expressions with NIENTE

Non fa niente – it doesn’t matter

nient‘altro – nothing else

per nientenot at all

niente in contrario – no objections

niente male – not bad

per niente al mondo – at any cost

di nientedon’t mention it



Niente nuove nuone nuove – no news is good news

tutto fumo, Niente arrosto – all talk no action



Nulla has the same meaning as NIENTE, there is no difference in meaning between niente and nulla

Nulla is less common then niente and is mainly used in writing and in formal speech

Nulla lo preoccupa – Nothing worries him

Expressions with NULLA

Chi troppo vuole nulla stringe – Grasp all, lose all.

Non se ne fa nulla – it’s not going to happen

Nulla di fatto – nothing came of it

Nulla di male… – nothing wrong


is a negative pronoun

nessuno/a – (nobody) is only singular

Like niente and nulla when it comes after the verb it has to take a second negative NON before the verb.

IT has a masculine form “NESSUNO” (sometimes abbreviated to “nessun”) and feminine form “NESSUNA“.

Nessuno is usually used with NON but if it comes first in the sentence, non is not needed.


As a pronoun, you use it with verbs in the singular and you choose the default singular masculine form for the past participle in a compound verbal form.

Non è partito nessuno – No one left

Nessuno viene dopo le 16.00 – No one comes after 4.00 PM


A questo numero non risponde nessunoNobody answers on this number.

In casa non c’è nessunoThere isn’t anybody at home.


Nessuno conosce il futuro – Nobody knows the future.

Nessuna macchina passa a quest’ora – No cars come by at this time.


Expressions with NESSUNO

Non guardare in faccia a nessunoanswer to no one

Non essercene più per nessuno – be over for everyone

Nessuno ti si fila – be over for everyone


When nessuno e niente are followed by CHE as a secondary clause is normally followed by a subjunctive.


Non c’è nessuna guida che spieghi la storia in modo chiaro – There is no guide that explains the history clearly


Non cè nessuno che sappia fare la pizza come mia madre – There is no one that can make pizza like my mother.

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