True negatives with the 'ne' explétif

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Catriona

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2 February 2018

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True negatives with the 'ne' explétif

Just curious: how would you say "They are afraid that he won't come back"? Two ne's?

This question relates to:
French lesson "Understanding the 'ne' explétif"

Chris

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2 February 2018

2/02/18

In this case, I guess, you just use ordinary negation. As far as I know, there is no "ne explétif" in a negation. So you'd say:

Ils craignent qu'il ne revienne pas. -- They are afraid that he won't come back.
Ils craignent qu'il ne revienne. -- They are afraid that he will come back.

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

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