Pas ou non ?

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Kwiziq community member

11 August 2017

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Pas ou non ?

Quand est-ce qu'on utilise "pas" et quand "non" ? La phrase ci-dessus est-elle correcte?

This question relates to:
French lesson "Que + Le Subjonctif = Whether [one does something]"


Kwiziq community member

12 August 2017


Bonjour Shivani, In reviewing the lesson, I believe the excerpt below differentiates the use of «non» or «pas» Que tu fasses tes devoirs ou non, c'est ton choix après tout ! Whether you do your homework or not, it's your choice after all! To express hypotheses with whether [one does] in French, you will use que + Le Subjonctif. You won't use this in Indirect Speech where whether = if, i.e. after verbs like se demander (to wonder) or savoir (to know). In these cases, you'll simply use si (if) + L'Indicatif in French: Je me demande si tu vas venir ou pas. I wonder whether you'll come or not. J'espère que ma réponse vous aiderait. Bonne chance, à bientôt


Kwiziq language super star

23 August 2017


Bonjour Shivani !

You can use either non or pas in sentences expressing two alternative options = [whether] ... or not.

Je le ferai ou pas. 
Je le ferai ou non.
(I'll do it or not.)
In all other cases, you will use pas to express not in negative sentences.

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !


Kwiziq community member

2 March 2018


Like Shivani, I was also wondering this, but there are two conflicting answers. Ron, your theory ("ou non" after que ... and "ou pas" after si ...) works for most of the given examples in this lesson except for example number 1 - "peu importe qu'il vienne ou pas" , so is it the case that Aurélie's answer ("ou non" or "ou pas" are interchangeable when there are two alternative options) is instead the correct one???


Kwiziq language super star

5 March 2018


Bonjour Paul !

You can see a green tick next to correct answers ;)


Kwiziq community member

6 March 2018


Merci Aurélie. Je n’avais jamais remarqué cette fonctionnalité. Je le saurai maintenant.

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