Using ne pas/plus/jamais between verbs

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Using ne pas/plus/jamais between verbs

Bonjour! For this part: "You cannot say: Tu ne veux venir pas ce soir. 

BUT You can say: Tu peux ne pas venir."

Is this only true for this sentence? Can someone elaborate on this further and  give another example using ne pas/plus/jamais between verbs (like tu peux ne pas venir). Thank you :)


Asked 1 month ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Here is how to parse these sentences (notice to which part the negation applies):

Tu peux ne pas venir. -- Tu peux [ne pas venir] -- You may not come.
Tu ne peux pas venir. -- Tu [ne peux pas] venir. -- You cannot come.

This pattern can be used in other sentences as well:

Tu dois ne pas venir. -- You must not come.
Tu ne dois pas venir. -- You don't have to come.

Tu sais ne pas mentir. -- You know not to lie.
Tu ne sais pas mentir. -- You don't know how to lie.

AlanC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

I'm not sure this is correct for devoir. "Tu ne dois pas venir" would normally mean "you must not come".

Using ne pas/plus/jamais between verbs

Bonjour! For this part: "You cannot say: Tu ne veux venir pas ce soir. 

BUT You can say: Tu peux ne pas venir."

Is this only true for this sentence? Can someone elaborate on this further and  give another example using ne pas/plus/jamais between verbs (like tu peux ne pas venir). Thank you :)


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