Savoir, the subjunctive and the ne explétif

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K

Kwiziq community member

24 March 2018

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Savoir, the subjunctive and the ne explétif

Bonjour, : "Why is my answer with … "peur qu’ils ne sachent" wrong? Neither the lesson nor the discussion include an example with peur and the "ne explétif".

This question relates to:
French lesson "Conjugate savoir in Le Subjonctif Présent (subjunctive mood)"

Chris

Kwiziq community member

24 March 2018

24/03/18

You need to post the entire sentence because what you quoted seems to be correct. "Avoir peur que..." does require both ne-explétif and subjunctif. And "sachent" is undeed the subjonctif présent for the 3rd person plural. 

-- Chris (not a native speaker). 

K

Kwiziq community member

24 March 2018

24/03/18

Hi Chris,

« J’ai peur qu’ils ____ la vérité. »

I wrote «ne sachent»  and the correct answer was « sachent.»

Thank you. K

Chris

Kwiziq community member

24 March 2018

24/03/18

Yes, now I see! The "peur" and "que" don't go together as in "de peur que". Hence no ne explétif. 

J'ai peur   qu'ils sachent la vérité. -- Peur belongs to the first part and que to the second. 

Je ne suis pas venu      de peur qu'ils ne me reconnaissent. -- In this example the "peur que" belong together and hence require the ne explétif. 

-- Chris (not a native speaker). 

K

Kwiziq community member

24 March 2018

24/03/18

Thank you. I never noticed the phrase with the de before (de peur que ne, de crainte que ne.  I’m sure it’s in the lesson but I missed it. 

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