Using ne ... pas with reflexive verbs in simple tenses (negation)

Look at these sentences:

Il ne s'amuse pas beaucoup.
He's not having a lot of fun.

Je ne me souviens pas de toi
I don't remember you

Vous ne vous lavez pas tous les matins.
You don't wash every morning.

Nous ne nous levons pas à 7h le lundi.
We don't get up at 7 on Mondays.

When using a negative structure like "ne/n'...pas" with reflexive verbs in simple tenses, ne/n' is placed before the reflexive pronoun "me/te/se/nous/vous/se", and pas is after the verb.

Il s'amuse beaucoup -> Il ne s'amuse pas beaucoup
He's having a lot of fun -> He's not having a lot of fun

 

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Examples and resources

Je ne me souviens pas de toi
I don't remember you


Nous ne nous levons pas à 7h le lundi.
We don't get up at 7 on Mondays.


Vous ne vous lavez pas tous les matins.
You don't wash every morning.


Il ne s'amuse pas beaucoup.
He's not having a lot of fun.


Q&A

Charlene

Kwiziq community member

9 October 2017

2 replies

ne..plus/ne..jamais

Do ne..plus and ne..jamais follow the same rule as ne..pas do with reflexive verb?

Ron

Kwiziq community member

9 October 2017

9/10/17

Bonsoir Claire,
That is correct for the negation of reflexive verbs when using ne . . .plus and ne . . . jamais and any other negation structural pair, i.e. ne . . .rien, ne . . . aucun(e). For example:
I do not shave anymore. --> Je ne me rase plus.
I have never shaved. --> Je ne m'ai jamais rasé
From the lesson:
«When using a negative structure like "ne/n'...pas" with reflexive verbs in simple tenses, ne/n' is placed before the reflexive pronoun "me/te/se/nous/vous/se", and pas is after the verb.
Il s'amuse beaucoup -> Il ne s'amuse pas beaucoup
He's having a lot of fun -> He's not having a lot of fun»
I hope that you find this beneficial.
Bonne chance et bonne continuation.
à bientôt

Charlene

Kwiziq community member

9 October 2017

9/10/17

Merci beaucoup
I'll be right with you...