faire mal à and faire du mal à in negative

DeletedB1Kwiziq community member

faire mal à and faire du mal à in negative

Could someone please help give me an example in negative form? I would like to understand if the du has to change to de.

Ex Paul will never hurt me (both physically and emotionally)? 

Asked 3 years ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Pui,

Il ne fait mal à personne he doesn’t hurt anyone

Il n’a fait mal à personne he didn’t hurt anyone

Je ne fais de mal à personne I don’t hurt anyone

Je n’ai fait de mal à personne = I didn’t hurt anyone

Je n'ai pas fait de mal à Patrice = I didn't hurt Patrice

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée !

AnneC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Just looking at Céline’s answer to Deleted above, I can’t see why the first has both pas and personne and the second just the one negation, personne. Can you possibly clarify?:                                                                                                                    Je ne fais pas de mal à personne = I don’t hurt anyone

Je n’ai fait de mal à personne = I didn’t hurt anyone

AnneC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Just looking at Céline’s answer to Deleted above, I can’t see why the first has both pas and personne and the second just the one negation, personne. Can you possibly clarify?:                                                                                                                    Je ne fais pas de mal à personne = I don’t hurt anyone

Je n’ai fait de mal à personne = I didn’t hurt anyone

CélineKwiziq team member

Bonjour Anne,

Thank you for pointing this out! You are correct that the first sentence doesn't make much sense: you do not need "pas" there. I have amended my sentence. Obviously, I didn't pay enough attention to what I was writing. 

Merci et bonne journée !

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faire mal à and faire du mal à in negative

Could someone please help give me an example in negative form? I would like to understand if the du has to change to de.

Ex Paul will never hurt me (both physically and emotionally)? 

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