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Where to place negation ('ne' + 'plus') in a sentence?

Why is ne + plus wrapped around as instead of besoin in the following sentence: Tu n'as plus besoin de ta voiture. Shouldn't it be wrapped around besoin as that is the verb word?
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How to replace two nouns with pronouns?

For the sentence Jean va apporter des pralines à Marie is this ok to write “Jean va lui apporter en” instead of “Jean va lui en apporter”? I am facing this confusion as for the sentence ...
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An adverb between a verb and an infinitive that follows?

In English it is sometimes permissible (but not necessarily (always?) proper grammar) to "split" a verb infinitive with an adverb. For example, consider the placement of "quickly" in the two following ...
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Understanding how “Je ne parle pas français” is broken down

When I enter “Je ne parle pas français” into Google translate I get “I do not speak French.” But if I just type “Je ne pas”, I get “I do not.” Why are the pas and parle switched around in the phrase ...
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Using more than one adjectives: “belle brosse à dents neuve”?

In the following sentence J'ai une belle brosse de (not sure whether «pour» could be used here) dents neuve, mais je n'ai plus de dentrifice. Is my ordering of adjectives okay? Could you refer ...
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How to translate “the first {number}”?

For instance, in English we might say "I liked the first three, but..." etc. I am interested in whether it is translatable both with a specific noun and without, e.g.: I liked the first three. ...
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Placement of “tant”?

All these examples seem to be...different. I cannot make sense of it. Il a déjà tant fait. Il travaille tant ! J'ai dû partir, tant j'étais fatigué.
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Is the position of space and time precisions in this sentence correct?

Today I was sitting on a bench in the Public Garden in the city of Boston when a beautiful girl and her boyfriend sat down beside me, speaking French. Simultaneously I noticed there were six or seven ...
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How does the word “en” change meaning and proper ordering?

I came across this sentence: J'en suis encore malade… I was wondering about the structure and usage of en. Could the following sentences convey the same meaning? As a beginner, I would tend to ...
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Is it “n'y rien comprendre” or “n'y comprendre rien”?

Les télégrammes fusent, les journaux s'y mettent, personne n'y comprend rien. In personne n'y comprend rien there is, I presume, the idiom c'est à n'y rien comprendre. If so, why is it in this ...
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Where to place the year in a product's name?

Which one of the following phrases is correct translation of the "2013 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter"? 2013 Sprinter de Mercedes-Benz, or Sprinter 2013 de Mercedes-Benz And if you could give an example ...
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Negative past conditional pronominal interrogative inversion?

I'm having a little trouble finding resources on word order here. For instance, turn this into an inverted question: Il n'aurait pas se réveillé. In fact I don't even think I have the ...
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Differences in meaning depending on placement of “pauvre?”

A literal translation of "pauvre" is poor. This could have at least two meanings 1) not rich, and 2) unfortunate. I was told (and forget which is which) that if you place pauvre before the noun, it ...
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Inversion des rôles entre le nom et l'adjectif : d'où vient et comment s'appelle cette construction? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Comment s’appelle cette tournure de phrase ? Je n'ai pas voulu choisir un exemple arbitraire pour la formulation même de la question, mais en voici un : ...
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Quand doit-on placer les adjectifs de taille devant des noms ? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Quand peut-on mettre un adjectif avant ou après un nom? J'ai lu qu'on peut se reporter à l'acronyme « BAGS » lorsqu'on tente de placer un adjectif. Si l'adjectif ...
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Negative expressions in passé composé

How are negative expressions (ne pas, ne aucun(e), ne que, ne jamais, ne plus) formed in the passé composé and is there a way to predict whether it forms around or after the auxilary?
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Why is the subject at the end in this subordinate clause?

I thought that French language's word order was SVO and SOV (when object is pronoun). But what's with this sentence (from here): Bouclier que portaient autrefois les chevaliers. Subject is at ...
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Différence de registre et position de l'adverbe

Nous en avons longtemps parlé. Nous en avons parlé longtemps. Y a-t-il une différence de registre entre les deux, si légère soit-elle?
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Word order with “prochaine”: before or after noun rules?

Why is it that when I want to say “The next week”, it's: La semaine prochaine But when I want to say “The next meeting”, it's: La prochaine réunion Is there a specific set of rules for the ...
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The difference between “un petit garçon” and “un garçon petit” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Quand peut-on mettre un adjectif avant ou après un nom? I was wondering what is the difference between “un petit garçon” and “un garçon petit”. un = one petit = ...
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“ma jolie femme” vs “ma femme jolie”

I may be mistaken, but I think mon ancien professeur means my former teacher, as opposed to mon professeur ancien which means my elderly teacher. Is this correct? And what if anything is the ...
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Question by reverting position of verb and noun for people

There is this sentence: Marie aime la peinture. and the question for it: Marie aime-t-elle la peinture ? Why cannot it be the following: Aime Marie la peinture ? Why is Marie placed ...
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The order of direct and indirect object pronouns

If we have both of them in a sentence, what's the order of them generally? For example: Tu leur donnes des billets gratuits ? — Oui, je leur les donne. ou — Oui, je les leur donne. ...
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« Son imbécile de mari » : comment s'appelle cette tournure de phrase ?

Les expressions du style : Son imbécile de frère Son président de mari ont-elles un nom ? Et quelle est la fonction de chaque mot ?
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Savant versus grognard

Inspiré par cette réponse, je me demandais pourquoi puis-je dire un savant Allemand mais pas un grognard Français* ? Sachant que un grognard de Français et un Français grognard sonnent mieux, la ...
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About “unusual” word order?

Most French sentences have the normal word order, subject, object, verb: Je te vois. But sentences with a few verbs have an unusual word order. E.g. "Tu me manques," in which the "object" is first, ...
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Quand peut-on mettre un adjectif avant ou après un nom ? — When do adjectives go before or after a noun?

Quelles sont les règles quant au placement des adjectifs avant ou après les noms ? Exemples : Un bel animal (avec en prime le changement beau → bel… règle ?) Une belle maison Une verte prairie — ...