How can I translate the following sentence into german?
"There is nothing to delete".

What is correct?

Es ist nichts zu löschen.


Es gibt nichts zu löschen

  • Any research done on your own?
    – Annatar
    Sep 13, 2017 at 12:50
  • Nothing is nichts in German. To the extend there's a noun das Nichts which means the nothing.
    – Janka
    Sep 13, 2017 at 13:14

1 Answer 1


Both examples are (almost) correct:

Es ist nichts zu löschen.

This is perfectly fine, although it sound more like you're trying to say that nothing requires deletion, even though there is something that you could delete.

If you, however, want to say that there simply is nothing to delete, the following is better:

Es gibt nichts zu löschen.

Note the "s" of "nichts" - the example from your question missed that (whether by accident or lack of knowledge, I don't know). I edited the question though, so once it's accepted, just ignore this paragraph :)
(Unless you didn't lack the "s" by accident only, of course!)

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