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Informal negation: omitting ne

Look at these examples:

Il joue pas?
Is he not playing?

Je (ne) sais pas
I don't know.

Bouge pas!
Don't move!

Vous y allez pas?
Aren't you going?

 

Notice that although ne is always required in written French, you'll often hear it dropped in informal speech.

 However, you can never omit pas 

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Je (ne) sais pas
I don't know.


Vous y allez pas?
Aren't you going?


Bouge pas!
Don't move!


Il joue pas?
Is he not playing?


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Q&A

Michael

Kwiziq community member

27 October 2017

1 reply

Can we omit 'ne' when we use 'plus' ? For example, 'je sais plus' means 'I don't know anymore'?

Ron

Kwiziq community member

27 October 2017

27/10/17

Bonjour Michael,
As Aurélie points out in the lesson, the «ne» is typically dropped during verbal discourse but not in written language. To my knowledge, this holds true with all of the negation structures. This is in the informal or familiar register of French. Written French is considered more formal register, the only exception being with textos, emails and tweets. However, if one does these, it is certainly not considered improper to include «le ne».
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