Forming simple negative commands (L'Impératif)

You've already seen how to make affirmative commands using L'Impératif in French (See Conjugate regular verbs in L'Impératif (imperative))

Now look at these negative commands:

Ne mange pas ça!
Don't eat that!

N'écoutez pas
Don't listen!

Ne faisons pas ça!
Let's not do that!


 

Note that to make a command negative, put ne or n' before the verb in L'Impératif and pas after it.

 
See also:
Conjugate reflexive verbs in L'Imparfait (imperfect tense)
Conjugate être, avoir, savoir in L'Impératif (imperative)
Me becomes moi in affirmative commands (L'Impératif)

Learn more about these related French grammar topics

Examples and resources

N'oublie pas la Saint-Valentin!
Don't forget Valentine's Day!


Ne faisons pas ça!
Let's not do that!


N'écoutez pas
Don't listen!


Ne romps pas avec moi !
Don't break up with me!


Ne mange pas ça!
Don't eat that!


N'arrive pas en retard au rendez-vous!
Don't be late to the rendez-vous!


Q&A

Tom

Kwiziq community member

29 October 2018

2 replies

Toucher (à)

The quiz gives the answer : Ne touche pas le serpent!

I would be inclined to say : Ne touche pas au serpent!

Is this wrong?

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

27 November 2018

27/11/18

Hi Tom,

You can say both...

Tom

Kwiziq community member

27 November 2018

27/11/18

Hi Cécile,

Thanks for the clarification

Tom

Pauline

Kwiziq community member

13 October 2018

1 reply

Being the tu form of the imperative for manger ?

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

13 October 2018

13/10/18

Hi Pauline,

The 'tu' form of manger in the imperative is :

Mange!

or

Ne mange pas!  in the negative.

Hope this answers your question...

Pauline

Kwiziq community member

13 October 2018

1 reply

Shouldn't it be "Ne manges pas ça!"

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

13 October 2018

13/10/18

Hi Pauline, 

No 's' to mange as you drop it to make the 'tu' form of all verbs ending in ER in the imperative .

Take a look at the following lesson which will remind you...

https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/revision/grammar/conjugate-regular-verbs-in-l-imperatif-imperative

 

Ne mange pas ça!  is correct.

John

Kwiziq community member

10 July 2018

1 reply

plural you ?

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

11 July 2018

11/07/18

Already answered...

John

Kwiziq community member

10 July 2018

1 reply

Why is Ne mange pas first person singular and N'écoutez pas

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

11 July 2018

11/07/18

Hi John,

There are only three forms to the Imperative Mood.

It depends who you are adressing your command to :

If it is someone you say 'tu' to , it will be the singular.

e.g. N'écoute pas , Ne cours pas, Ne répond pas ...

If it is someone you say 'vous' to, or several people, it will be vous form.

e.g. N'écoutez pas!, Ne courez pas! Ne répondez pas! ...

( Don't listen, Don't run! Don't answer!)

The final form is the 'nous' if you are yourself included in the command,  as in 'allons-y! '(Let's go!)

e.g. Ne courons pas! (Let's not run!) etc..

Hope this answers your question...

sukanya

Kwiziq community member

5 March 2017

1 reply

i don't get the affirmative imperative

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

10 March 2017

10/03/17

Bonjour Sukanya ! Thanks for letting us know, I've now added links to related lessons to this lesson. Here is the link to affirmative commands: https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/my-languages/french/view/3186 I hope that's helpful! À bientôt !

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