Is there a rule governing compound verb tenses and placement of negatives?

YulyvrdcapbilvsyyC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Is there a rule governing compound verb tenses and placement of negatives?

"Je n'ai jamais rien dit!" is an example sentence, and there is a quiz question that tests this.


Just wondering if there is a rule explaining why it is incorrect to say "Je n'ai jamais dit rien!" ?

Asked 2 years ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Hahahaha, thanks for the kind words, but I honestly don't know of a specific reason. With language learning, the ultimate goal is to assimilate stuff. Trying to find a reason can sometimes be helpful but many times there just is no reason.

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Would you accept a "just because" as answer? If not, I don't really know what to say except refer you back to the lesson.

YulyvrdcapbilvsyyC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Hahaha, yes Chris, given how many answers you've provided over the last months, "just because" will do just fine. Thanks

YulyvrdcapbilvsyyC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Hahaha, yes Chris, given how many answers you've provided over the last months, "just because" will do just fine. Thanks

AlexanderB2Kwiziq community member

it's because of french syntax, adverbs in this context will always preceed the main verb

Is there a rule governing compound verb tenses and placement of negatives?

"Je n'ai jamais rien dit!" is an example sentence, and there is a quiz question that tests this.


Just wondering if there is a rule explaining why it is incorrect to say "Je n'ai jamais dit rien!" ?

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