When does "de" precede the negated infinitive? In the examples,

Susan

Kwiziq community member

9 November 2016

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When does "de" precede the negated infinitive? In the examples,

it does, except for one, where it doesn't (the example with "à" would explain itself, of course).

This question relates to:
French lesson "Negating infinitives in indirect speech"

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

9 November 2016

9/11/16

Bonjour Susan ! The negation "ne pas" will come after the preposition "de", but in this case: "J'espère ne pas faire D'erreurs." the "d' " is not the preposition, but the partitive "des" which became d' because this is a negative sentence. Think that you say "espérer quelque chose" and not "espérer DE quelque chose". I hope that's helpful! À bientôt !

Susan

Kwiziq community member

9 November 2016

9/11/16

Preposition and partitive - vive la différence! Thanks for explaining.

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