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I am confused in this lesson.We are given the following guideline..."Note that to make a command negative, put ne or n' before the verb in L'Impératif and pas after it."I am confused because I do not see verbs in the examples that are conjugated in L'Impérfait.To me, the examples seem to show verbs conjugated in Le Présent.

Please clear this up for me.Merci.

Asked 6 months ago
TomC1

Hi Michael,

I think you may be confusing l'imparfait which is a (past) tense of a verbe and l'impératif which is a mood (or mode) of a verb indicating an order or interdiction. The other moods are l'infinitif, le subjonctif and le conditionnel.

L'impératif is only conjugated in three persons:

2nd person singular, 1st person plural, 2nd person plural. eg for chanter - to sing:

chante - sing (tu form minus terminal s), chantons - let us sing (nous form), chantez -(vous form)

The other verb group act similarly except that tu form remains unalterd.

Hope this helps

Tom

Thank you Tom.

With your help...It's so obvious this morning!

Help

I am confused in this lesson.We are given the following guideline..."Note that to make a command negative, put ne or n' before the verb in L'Impératif and pas after it."I am confused because I do not see verbs in the examples that are conjugated in L'Impérfait.To me, the examples seem to show verbs conjugated in Le Présent.

Please clear this up for me.Merci.

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