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why isn't it "Premiere erreur de ne pas faire" but is "Premieur erreur a ne pas faire"?

Leah

Kwiziq community member

11 February 2017

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why isn't it "Premiere erreur de ne pas faire" but is "Premieur erreur a ne pas faire"?

This relates to:
Negating infinitives in indirect speech -

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

13 March 2017

13/03/17

Bonjour Leah !

This is an excellent question.
The difference here relates to impersonal expressions.

Here's the rule:
- When you have a real subject, like "première erreur" - i.e. to do. / to do. - and that the infinitive is used intransitively (without a object), then the structure is:
" "à" "

"La *première chose* à faire..."
The first thing to do...
"C'est *bon* à savoir."
That's good to know.

- When you have a *dummy* subject - i.e. it is to do - the structure is:
"il est/c'est "de" ":

Il est difficile de parler. / C'est difficile de parler.
It's hard to talk.
Il est important de faire confiance à ses amis.
It's important to trust one's friends.

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

Leah

Kwiziq community member

13 March 2017

13/03/17

Merci beaucoup! Cela m'aide.

Hope I can remember it.

Best,

Leah

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