Can the infinitive be implied?

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William

Kwiziq community member

15 October 2018

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Can the infinitive be implied?

Can the infiniive be implied in this construction? For example: J’aurais pu traduire le titre, mais j'ai décidé de ne pas. (I could have translated the title but I decided not to.)

This relates to:
Negating infinitives in indirect speech -

Chris

Kwiziq community member

15 October 2018

15/10/18

No, I don't think that would work in French. You would need to say:

J'aurais pu traduire le titre, mais j'ai décidé de ne pas le traduire. -- I could have translated the title, but I decided not to translate it.

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

16 October 2018

16/10/18

Hi William,

You have to finish the sentence with 'to do it' or it seems unfinished in French.

I would prefer, however, 

"...mais j'ai décidé de ne pas le faire" not to repeat 'traduire' which I was taught to avoid at school...

Hope this helps!

William

Kwiziq community member

16 October 2018

16/10/18

I understand!

Thanks Chris and Cécile

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