Du tout

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Expression: Du tout

Pronunciation: [du too]

Meaning: (not) at all

Register: normal

Notes: The French expression du tout emphasizes a negative word, most commonly the negative adverbpas. When used with pas, du tout can be placed either right after it or else at the end of the sentence; the latter is a bit more forceful.

   Je n'aime pas du tout courir. / Je n'aime pas courir du tout.
   I don't like running at all.


   Il n'a pas du tout changé. / Il n'a pas changé du tout.
   He hasn't changed at all.

   Elle n'a pas du tout d'idées. / Elle n'a pas d'idées du tout.
   She doesn't have any ideas at all.

In response to a question, du tout can be used on its own or with pas to mean "not/none at all."

   -Veux-tu aller au ciné ? -Du tout. / Pas du tout.
   -Do you want to go to the movies? -Not at all.

   -Tu n'as pas d'argent ? -Du tout. / Pas du tout.
   -You don't have any money? -None at all.

Du tout can also be used with other negative words:

   Il n'a rien fait du tout ce matin.
   He did nothing at all / He did absolutely nothing this morning.

   Personne du tout n'était à la plage.
   There was no one at all / There was absolutely no one at the beach.

   Il n'y a plus du tout de café.
   There's no coffee left at all.

   Elle est partie sans pleurer du tout.
   She left without crying at all.

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