what is the rule for placing a negative before arrivions in avant que nous n'arrivions

RichardC1Kwiziq community member

what is the rule for placing a negative before arrivions in avant que nous n'arrivions

Asked 2 years ago
RonC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer
Bonjour Richard,

La leçon qui répond à votre question est au niveau C1.
La forme est «le ne explétif»
Voici le lien qui associe cette leçon avec «avant que. . .»:

Understanding the 'ne' explétif">Understanding the 'ne' explétif">Understanding the 'ne' explétif">Understanding the 'ne' explétif
Understanding the 'ne' explétif">Avant que + ne explétif + Le Subjonctif = Before I do

J'espère que ma réponse vous aidera.
Bonne chance et bonne continuation dans vos études en français, la langue de Molière et qui a été utilisée par le monde depuis l’époque d’Hugues Capet
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
Un the hunt for an example in English, I chanced across a similar construct: "I am not leaving before he has not greeted me." What you want to say is that you won't leave unless he has greeted you first. Of course you can also say "I am not leaving before he has greeted me." but that doesn't sound quite right. The "not" in the example above is also a "ne expletif" just as in French. Just that in French they are more common than in English. -- Chris (not a native speaker).

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