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Forming negative commands with reflexive verbs (L'Impératif)

Look at these negative commands (negative imperatives) that use reflexive verbs:

Ne t'assieds pas !  
Don't sit down!

Ne nous asseyons pas ! 
Let's not sit down!

Ne vous asseyez pas ! 
Don't sit down!

Notice that when forbidding (negative orders) using reflexive verbs, you keep the regular order of the words in a negative statement and simply drop the subject pronoun tu/vous/nous.

e.g. Tu ne t'assieds pas -> (X) Ne t'assieds pas!

Look at these other examples:

Ne t'habille pas!
Don't get dressed!

Ne te couche pas !
Don't go to bed!

Ne te lève pas !
Don't get up!

Note that for -er verbs, you lose the -s in the 'tu' form.

 

See also Forming affirmative commands with reflexive verbs (L'Impératif)

See also  Conjugate regular verbs in L'Impératif (imperative) 

Learn more about these related French grammar topics

Examples and resources

Ne vous habillez pas
Don't get dressed!


Ne te lève pas !
Don't get up!


Ne vous asseyez pas ! 
Don't sit down!


Ne te couche pas !
Don't go to bed!


Ne t'assieds pas !  
Don't sit down!


Ne vous levez pas!   
Don't get up!


Ne nous asseyons pas ! 
Let's not sit down!


Ne t'habille pas!
Don't get dressed!



Q&A

Chris

Kwiziq community member

24 October 2016

2 replies

I think the answer is wrong...

Should the translaten of "Don't go to bed yet" not be "Ne vous couchez pas encore" instead of only "Ne vous couchez pas" ? Methinks the "yet" isn't captured by the second translation. -- Chris.

Chris

Kwiziq community member

24 October 2016

24/10/16

Sorry, my mistake. I just saw that "encore" is a given and mustn't be entered as part of the solution.

-- Chris.

Jacqueline

Kwiziq community member

27 February 2018

27/02/18

I thought that the i with a circumflex had been optional since about 1990 in verbs


I wrote ne t'entraine pas without the circumflex

Thinking...