ne pas

BrianC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

ne pas

Why, in “Nous courons pour ne pas manquer notre train.”, do we have “ne pas manquer” and not “ne manquer pas”? I didn’t know that “ne pas” is valid. 

Asked 4 years ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Brian, 

It is because the verb manquer which is  in the infinitive so  'ne pas' comes before the verb and is not separated in this case.

Je vous prie de ne pas parler en mangeant Please do not speak while eating 

Ne pas se pencher par la fenêtre = Please don't lean out of the window

take a look at the following Kwiziq lesson for more examples -

https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/grammar/negation-of-infinitives-indirect-speech

Hope this helps!

 

ne pas

Why, in “Nous courons pour ne pas manquer notre train.”, do we have “ne pas manquer” and not “ne manquer pas”? I didn’t know that “ne pas” is valid. 

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