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In the phrase: "Avant que je ne parte", why the inclusion of the "ne"?

Laoise M.A2Kwiziq community member

In the phrase: "Avant que je ne parte", why the inclusion of the "ne"?

Asked 4 years ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Laoise, 

Here is the Kwiziq lesson about the 'ne explétif' used with expressions like 'avant que' -

https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/grammar/how-to-use-avant-que-ne-expletif-subjonctif-before-i-do

and another one explaining the 'ne explétif itself -

https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/grammar/how-to-understand-the-ne-expletif

Hope this helps!

Mary P.C1Kwiziq community member

It’s called “le ne pléonastique” (the pleonastic ne).  It’s basically just there to be pretty!  It has no negative meaning. Before, fear, and unless + que need it, so these need it: (before) avant que, (fear) de peur que, de crainte que, avoir peur que, avoir crainte que, craindre que, and (unless) à moins que.

In the phrase: "Avant que je ne parte", why the inclusion of the "ne"?

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