After ne...pas, is des ever used ?

Robert

Kwiziq community member

1 July 2018

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After ne...pas, is des ever used ?

This relates to:
Un, une become de or d' in negative sentences (indefinite articles) -

Alan

Kwiziq community member

1 July 2018

1/07/18

Yes, after être or other verbes d'état (there's a link to the full list in the lesson).

For example:

"Ce ne sont pas des choses aisées à dire" - "these are not easy things to say"

 

Robert

Kwiziq community member

2 July 2018

2/07/18

Except for être and other verbs of state, is des used after ne ... pas ?  

Alan

Kwiziq community member

2 July 2018

2/07/18

It's also used in some figurative expressions:

"ça ne casse pas des briques"

"les chiens ne font pas des chats"


I'm not sure why "de" is not used in these examples.

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