Le Robert versus itself.............

Max

Kwiziq community member

11 September 2018

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Le Robert versus itself.............

Le Robert on line gives two examples of "de peur que" - one with and one w/o ne expletif. I'll think that in another lesson on your site, you do not recommend using ne with de peur que

4  par peur de ;de peur de ;(VX) Peur de.« Je me presse de rire de tout, de peur d'être obligé d'en pleurer » (Beaumarchais).▫ De, par peur que (et subj.).« Elle me renvoyait par peur que je la fatigue » (Proust). Il la retenait de peurqu'elle ne s'enaille.

© 2018 Dictionnaires Le Robert - Le Petit Robert de la langue française

This question relates to:
French lesson "De peur que + Le Subjonctif = For fear that"

Chris

Kwiziq community member

12 September 2018

12/09/18

The difference is that without que what follows is a verb. With que it is the subject. 

Max

Kwiziq community member

12 September 2018

12/09/18

I pasted in too much and did not make clear apparently what concerns me. It intrigues me that "Elle me renvoyait par peur que je la fatigue" doesn't take the ne expletif, while "Il la retenait de peur qu'elle ne s'enaille." does. I now difference between "par peur que" and "de peur que". Perhaps it's just customary that the one does and the other does not take the ne expletif. I am interested to hear what anyone thinks. It seem perverse (or just French) that one takes the ne and other doesn't. I feel no difference between par peur que and de peur que.........

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