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Use of the "ne" explétif

Thiago M.C1Kwiziq community member

Use of the "ne" explétif

Bonsoir,

I'd like to know if the lack of the "ne explétif" is considered a grammar mistake or if it is optional in writing in the cases where it's supposed to be used when the verb is in the negative form.

Thanks in advance.

Asked 2 years ago
Chris W.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

This is an area which seems to be evolving. I would say that the ne-explétif is a sign of good, grammatically correct French. Nobody would fault you for using it. However, in spoken French, it is often left out. This, however, is considered colloquial and should not be used in written French.

Use of the "ne" explétif

Bonsoir,

I'd like to know if the lack of the "ne explétif" is considered a grammar mistake or if it is optional in writing in the cases where it's supposed to be used when the verb is in the negative form.

Thanks in advance.

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