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328. The negative is frequently joined with a conjunction or with an indefinite pronoun or adverb. Hence the forms of negation in Latin differ from those in English in many expressions:—
  1. nūllī ( neutrī ) crēdō (not nōn crēdō ūllī ), I do not believe either (I believe neither).
  2. sine ūllō perīculō; (less commonly cum nūllō ), with no danger (without any danger).
  3. nihil umquam audīvī iūcundius, I never heard anything more amusing.
  4. Cf. negō haec esse vēra (not dīcō nōn esse ), I say this is not true (I deny, etc.)

a. In the second of two connected ideas, and not is regularly expressed by neque ( nec ), not by et nōn :—

  1. hostēs terga vertērunt, neque prius fugere dēstitērunt (B. G. 1.53) , the enemy turned and fled, and did not stop fleeing until, etc.

Note.--Similarly nec quisquam is regularly used for et nēmō; neque ūllus for et nūllus; nec umquam for et numquam; nēve ( neu ), for et .

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    • J. B. Greenough, Benjamin L. D'Ooge, M. Grant Daniell, Commentary on Caesar's Gallic War, AG BG 2.3
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