Can this negation be used as an imperative command

William C1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Can this negation be used as an imperative command

Le professeur dit de ne pas courir.

Can "ne pas courir" be used as the negative imperative "Don't run !"

Asked 4 months ago
TomC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Hi William,

Yes, this construction can be used for generalised commands such as may be found in a school playground or corridor.

On French trains there used to be, maybe there still is, where windows can be opened, a warning is posted:

"Ne pas se pencher au dehors"

Hope this helps,

Tom

Can this negation be used as an imperative command

Le professeur dit de ne pas courir.

Can "ne pas courir" be used as the negative imperative "Don't run !"

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