Saying no in French is pretty simple, but there are quite a few synonyms and precisions to be aware of. Check out this lesson to learn how to say no, not a chance, I don't think so, and more.
non - no
Non is the basic, standard French word for "no":
Non, je n'aime pas skier
No, I don't like to ski
ah non, oh non - oh no
Ah non and oh non express disappointment, like "oh no!" or "darn it!"
Ah non ! Ça ne marche pas !
Oh no! It doesn't work!
non à… - no to...
Non à is followed by a noun to mean "(say) no to" or "down with," especially in protests and demonstrations:
Non au CPE !
No to the First Job Contract!
Here are some other synonyms for and expressions with non:
absolument pas - absolutely not
au contraire - on the contrary
aucun (problème, argent, etc) - no (problem, money, etc)
bien sûr que non - of course not
certainement pas - certainly not
des clous ! (familiar) - no way!
du tout - not at all
je crois que non - I don't think so
je ne dis pas non - I wouldn't say no
mais non - of course not
moi non - not me, I don't
n'est-ce pas ? - no? right? isn't it?
niet ! (familiar) - no way!
non merci - no thank you
non et non ! - absolutely not!
non plus - not (that) either
non que + subjunctive - not that …
... ou non ? - … (are/will/do you + verb) or not?
pas de (problème, temps, pain, etc) - no (problem, time, bread, etc)
pas du tout - not at all
pas question ! (familiar) - no way! not a chance!
pas tout à fait - not exactly, not quite
que non ! - absolutely not!
Negating prefixes: a- | in- / im-