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Forming simple negative commands (L'Impératif)

You've already seen how to make affirmative commands using L'Impératif in French (See Conjugate regular verbs in L'Impératif (imperative))

Now look at these negative commands:

Ne mange pas ça!
Don't eat that!

N'écoutez pas
Don't listen!

Ne faisons pas ça!
Let's not do that!


Note that to make a command negative, put ne or n' before the verb in L'Impératif and pas after it.

See also:
Conjugate reflexive verbs in L'Imparfait (imperfect tense)
Conjugate être, avoir, savoir in L'Impératif (imperative)
Me becomes moi in affirmative commands (L'Impératif)

Learn more about these related French grammar topics

Examples and resources

Ne faisons pas ça!
Let's not do that!

N'écoutez pas
Don't listen!

Ne romps pas avec moi !
Don't break up with me!

Ne mange pas ça!
Don't eat that!

N'arrive pas en retard au rendez-vous!
Don't be late to the rendez-vous!

N'oublie pas la Saint-Valentin!
Don't forget Valentine's Day!



Kwiziq community member

5 March 2017

1 reply

i don't get the affirmative imperative


Kwiziq language super star

10 March 2017


Bonjour Sukanya !

Thanks for letting us know, I've now added links to related lessons to this lesson.
Here is the link to affirmative commands:

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

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