"shouldn't it be "J'ai eu peur que nous ne soyons arrivés trop tard?" The correct answer did not include ne."

Ann

Kwiziq community member

17 October 2018

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"shouldn't it be "J'ai eu peur que nous ne soyons arrivés trop tard?" The correct answer did not include ne."

This relates to:
Conjugate verbs in Le Subjonctif Passé (past subjunctive) -

Chris

Kwiziq community member

17 October 2018

17/10/18

Hi Ann,

this is a question of register. In formal French you would use the ne, whereas in spoken French, often you don't use it. With or without ne, the meaning remains unchanged.

Ann

Kwiziq community member

17 October 2018

17/10/18

But shouldn't it be marked correct as we don't know whether the tester wants the formal or the dialogue? This way one does not have to go through several exercises to prove one understood

Chris

Kwiziq community member

17 October 2018

17/10/18

I think in the context of the lesson, which is trying to get students to learn the ne-explétif, it is understood to use the "ne" whenever appropriate.

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