Please explain: Il a fait exprès de ne pas rendre la monnaie.

Matt

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10 June 2017

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Please explain: Il a fait exprès de ne pas rendre la monnaie.

Why "ne pas", by itself, not around a verb?

This question relates to:
French lesson "Faire exprès = To do something on purpose"

Nicholas

Kwiziq community member

11 June 2017

11/06/17

Because the verb is an infinitive.

Ron

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13 June 2017

13/06/17

Bonsoir Matt, The link below is for the lesson that covers negation of the infinitif. https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/my-languages/french/view/611?rts=%252Fsearch%253Fs%253Dne%252Bpas%252B%25252B%252Binfinitive A simple explanation is: in a phrase where there is an infinitif, ne. . pas goes before the infinitif and does not «surround» it if you will. For example: J'ai pris la décision de ne pas faire un désordre. --> I made the decision to not make a mess. As can be seen, ne pas goes before the infinitif «faire». However, Je n'ai pas pris la décision de faire un déorder. --> I did not make the decision to make a mess. This is the usual negation form. As can be seen in comparing the two phrases, the first is to not make a mess while the other indicated that the speaker did not make the decision. J'espère que cela vous aidera bien. à bientôt Ron

Matt

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13 June 2017

13/06/17

Good to know, thanks. Just to let you know, I ran into this question in Section A2 and the page that explains it is tagged B2. So maybe that's why I never saw it? I usually read all the lessons.

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