Which one is the correct way to say 'do not forget': 'n'oublie pas' or 'ne pas oublier' ?

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Shabbir

Kwiziq community member

25 June 2018

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Which one is the correct way to say 'do not forget': 'n'oublie pas' or 'ne pas oublier' ?

Somtimes I have seen imperative sentences with ne+pas+infinitive but I dont know the rule behind..

This question relates to:
French lesson "Using object and adverbial pronouns in negative commands (L'Impératif)"

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

25 June 2018

25/06/18

Hi Shabbir,

The difference is who it is adressed to -you use ne pas + infinitive when it is aimed at everyone, as a general request/caution. e.g.

Ne pas se pencher par la fenêtre (Don't lean out of the window)

Ne pas fumer (No smoking)

If you say "n'oublie pas d'emporter ton passport !" you are reminding the person you are talking to only. In contrast to the following general caution-

Ne pas oublier son passeport est important si on va l'étranger.

 

Hope this helps!

 

 

Shabbir

Kwiziq community member

25 June 2018

25/06/18

Great! its clear, thanks.

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