Regarding (again) negation with direct object pronouns in passé composé...

NicoleB1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Regarding (again) negation with direct object pronouns in passé composé...

I'm still a bit confused. To change the sentence "Il ne veut pas me parler" to passé composé, it would be "Il n'a pas voulu me parler." Right? But we had an example in class that was: "En classe, la prof vous parle (à toi et aux autres élèves)?" In our response, we were supposed to change it to negative passé composé. The answer our instructor gave was "Non, en class, la prof ne nous a pas parlée." I'm not understanding why it wouldn't follow the structure of the first example and be "Non, en class, la prof n'a pas nous parlée." Could you please shed some light on the differences in sentence structure between this response and the first example, and what the rules are? Thanks in advance.

Asked 10 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Nicole,

It is because in the first example you have two verbs -

Vouloir parler which changes the order. As opposed to just parler in the second one ...

Otherwise it would be 

“ non, la prof n’a pas voulu nous parler”

 

Hope this helps!

NicoleB1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Thanks once again, Cécile!

Regarding (again) negation with direct object pronouns in passé composé...

I'm still a bit confused. To change the sentence "Il ne veut pas me parler" to passé composé, it would be "Il n'a pas voulu me parler." Right? But we had an example in class that was: "En classe, la prof vous parle (à toi et aux autres élèves)?" In our response, we were supposed to change it to negative passé composé. The answer our instructor gave was "Non, en class, la prof ne nous a pas parlée." I'm not understanding why it wouldn't follow the structure of the first example and be "Non, en class, la prof n'a pas nous parlée." Could you please shed some light on the differences in sentence structure between this response and the first example, and what the rules are? Thanks in advance.

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