'pas' missing?

Joakim

Kwiziq community member

10 April 2017

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'pas' missing?

In A1 writing challenge week 51, we have: "I don't drink soda because it's not good for my health" -> "Je ne bois pas de soda parce que ce n'est (pas) bon pour ma santé". Shouldn't there be an extra 'pas' there?

Ron

Kwiziq community member

10 April 2017

10/04/17

Oui, je pense que vous avez raison. Je suis d'accord. Rodney Ball in his book "Coloquial French Grammar, A Practical Guide" states: At one time, by contrast, negation used to be expressed by means of an unaided ne. Literary French preserves a few relics of this in certain limited uses of the verbs savoir, pouvoir, cesser and oser: il n'a cessé de pleuvoir; ne sachant où aller . . . .and in occasional idioms like si je ne me trompe. Needless to say, such uses are impossible in colloquial French (and almost always optional even in formal discourse)."

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

10 April 2017

10/04/17

Bonjour Joakim ! Yes indeed, this was a typo on my part, which I have now fixed ! Merci beaucoup et à bientôt !

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