Confusion with ne...pas.

Renate

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9 June 2017

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Confusion with ne...pas.

Confusion with ne....pas. First I thought always de after ne... pas. Then I read there is an exception when être is used. Use un/une. What is happening then in this example?Les filles jouent au foot? Non, elles ne jouent pas au foot. Is there a lesson that explains all the options?

Ron

Kwiziq community member

9 June 2017

9/06/17

Bonjour Renate, I am unsure of what you have read about the use of «de» following the negative; however, I found this on another resource site that supports your statement. (I find that researching other sites at times can give me another viewpoint concerning a question that I might have. I did find this article on a site that supports the non-use of «de» following the negative In a negative sentence, the indefinite articles un, une, des are replaced by «de or d'»: Tex: Joe-Bob, tu as un chien? Joe-Bob: Mais non! Je n'ai pas de chien. Je suis un écureuil. Tex: Corey, tu as des amis? Corey: Mais non! Je n'ai pas d'amis. Je suis un cafard. *****However, following the verb «être», the indefinite articles «un, une, des» remain unchanged in the negative: Edouard: Joe-Bob, c'est un écureuil. Ce n'est pas un tatou! Tex et Tammy, ce sont des tatous. Ce ne sont pas des escargots. J'espère que ma réponse vous aidera.

Renate

Kwiziq community member

10 June 2017

10/06/17

Oui. Un Peu. Merci.

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