I read somewhere that ne ... pas and ne ...point were the first negative constructions in the evolution of the French language. I can just imagine someone trekking through the woods in Old French times and saying, "Not another step." Or a tired monk in some scriptorium copying over an illegible text and saying, "Not another period."
That's interesting William, I had not heard this before but after a bit of research it does look that
'ne...pas' was associated with 'marcher' (to walk) meaning that you can't walk another step.
'ne...point' with coudre ( to sew) so, you can't sew another stitch
'ne...goutte' with boire,( to drink) so, you can't drink another drop
'ne...miette/mie' with manger ( to eat) so, you can't eat another crumb
Very interesting, thank you for enriching my knowledge!
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