Informal negation: omitting ne

Look at these examples:

Il joue pas?Is he not playing?

Je sais pasI 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 

Want to make sure your French sounds confident? We’ll map your knowledge and give you free lessons to focus on your gaps and mistakes. Start your Braimap today »

Learn more about these related French grammar topics

Examples and resources

Il joue pas?Is he not playing?
Je sais pasI don't know.
Vous y allez pas?Aren't you going?
Bouge pas!Don't move!
How has your day been?