‘ne pas + infinitif’

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‘ne pas + infinitif’

Could someone kindly elaborate on the grammatical structure behind instances when ‘ne’ and ‘pas’ occur side-by-side, like ‘Tu peux ne pas venir’ and ‘Prière de ne pas déranger’ please?

Asked 5 months ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

If ne..pas are used to negate a conjugated verb, they bracket the verb. If they negate an infinitive, the are both in front of the infinitive: ne pas + infinitive.

‘ne pas + infinitif’

Could someone kindly elaborate on the grammatical structure behind instances when ‘ne’ and ‘pas’ occur side-by-side, like ‘Tu peux ne pas venir’ and ‘Prière de ne pas déranger’ please?

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