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In negation why is 'pas' omitted?

AndreaB2Kwiziq community member

In negation why is 'pas' omitted?

'Personne n'a pas son billet.' is incorrect because of the 'pas'. Can you explain why this is so?

Asked 1 month ago
JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Hi Andrea,

"Personne n'a son billet"   --> Nobody (no-one) has their ticket/pass

The verb avoir is not being negated here, which I understand; is your concern.

What is being negated is the pronoun "personne" (Nobody or no-one) and as the subject of this sentence is written, "Personne ne" (no-one).

Hope this helps

Bonne continuation

Jim

 

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

As Jim says, he negation here is ne..personne, which means"nobody". Personne can appear also before the corresponding ne whenever it doubles as the subject of the sentence but that doesn't change its meaning in the negation. Here are some examples:

Alice a mon billet. -- Alice has my ticket.
Alice n'a pas mon billet. -- Alice doesn't have my ticket.
Personne n'a mon billet. -- Nobody has my ticket.

In negation why is 'pas' omitted?

'Personne n'a pas son billet.' is incorrect because of the 'pas'. Can you explain why this is so?

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