Using object and adverbial pronouns in negative commands (L'Impératif)

Look at these negative imperatives:

Tu ne me le donnes pas -  Ne me le donne pas!
You don't give it to me - Don't give it to me!

-> See Conjugate regular verbs in L'Impératif (imperative)

Nous n'en faisons pas. - N'en faisons pas!
We're not making any (of it). - Let's not make any (of it)!

Tu ne la lui écris pas. - Ne la lui écris pas!
You don't write it to her. - Don't write it to her!

Vous n'y allez pas. - N'y allez pas!
You don't go there. - Don't go there!

When you use the negative imperative with object pronouns or adverbial pronouns (y, en), you keep the same order as in the normal negative sentence.
Note that you drop the subject pronoun tu/nous/vous

 

Examples and resources

Nous n'en faisons pas. - N'en faisons pas!
We're not making any (of it). - Let's not make any (of it)!


Tu ne la lui écris pas. - Ne la lui écris pas!
You don't write it to her. - Don't write it to her!


Vous n'y allez pas. - N'y allez pas!
You don't go there. - Don't go there!


Tu ne me le donnes pas -  Ne me le donne pas!
You don't give it to me - Don't give it to me!


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Order of indirect and direct object

You have these two examples:

 Ne la lui écris pas!  (Don't write it to her!)

Ne me le donne pas! (Don't give it to me!)

I see the underline under me le but I don't know how to interpret it.  In the first example you have direct object (la) then indirect object (lui).  In the second example the reverse: indirect object (me) then direct object (le).  Is there a rule here that I'm missing?

Thank you

Asked 5 months ago
CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Hi Stuart, 

There is an order for placing multiple pronouns after the subject pronouns in a sentence, and it is as follows -

me , te , se , nous, vous

then,

le, la ,les

then,

lui, leur

then, 

y

then, 

en

This is not true of the imperative affirmative commands when the pronouns come after the verb, separated by a hyphen, lots of lessons on this on Kwiziq...

Hope this helps!

Yes that helps a lot.  I had missed that tip.

Order of indirect and direct object

You have these two examples:

 Ne la lui écris pas!  (Don't write it to her!)

Ne me le donne pas! (Don't give it to me!)

I see the underline under me le but I don't know how to interpret it.  In the first example you have direct object (la) then indirect object (lui).  In the second example the reverse: indirect object (me) then direct object (le).  Is there a rule here that I'm missing?

Thank you

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Isn't the imperative of aller 'va' instead of 'vas'?

One of the questions on the quiz was: "N'y vas pas !" means: ...

Shouldn't it be instead: "N'y va pas !" means: ... ?

regards, Scott

Asked 9 months ago
CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Hi Scott,

Can you use the "Report it " button in your correction board as it links directly to the specific quiz you're referring to and makes it easier to make any correction.

AurélieKwiziq language super star

Bonjour Scott !

Indeed, you're correct, this was quite a bad typo on our part :(

Thanks to you, it's now been rectified!

Merci beaucoup et bonne journée !

Isn't the imperative of aller 'va' instead of 'vas'?

One of the questions on the quiz was: "N'y vas pas !" means: ...

Shouldn't it be instead: "N'y va pas !" means: ... ?

regards, Scott

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Which one is the correct way to say 'do not forget': 'n'oublie pas' or 'ne pas oublier' ?

Somtimes I have seen imperative sentences with ne+pas+infinitive but I dont know the rule behind..
Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Hi Shabbir,

The difference is who it is adressed to -you use ne pas + infinitive when it is aimed at everyone, as a general request/caution. e.g.

Ne pas se pencher par la fenêtre (Don't lean out of the window)

Ne pas fumer (No smoking)

If you say "n'oublie pas d'emporter ton passport !" you are reminding the person you are talking to only. In contrast to the following general caution-

Ne pas oublier son passeport est important si on va l'étranger.

 

Hope this helps!

 

 

Great! its clear, thanks.

Which one is the correct way to say 'do not forget': 'n'oublie pas' or 'ne pas oublier' ?

Somtimes I have seen imperative sentences with ne+pas+infinitive but I dont know the rule behind..

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Pourquoi on change la fin du verbe pour l'impératif avec "tu"? Tu me la donnES - Ne me la donnE pas

Asked 2 years ago
AurélieKwiziq language super star
Bonjour Clare ! This has to do with how to conjugate -ER verbs in L'Impératif. Thanks to you, I've now added a link to the relevant lesson into that lesson: Conjugate regular verbs in L'Impératif (imperative) I hope that's helpful! Bonne Année !
Merci!

Pourquoi on change la fin du verbe pour l'impératif avec "tu"? Tu me la donnES - Ne me la donnE pas

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