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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There is no such thing as "or after" the auxiliary. The negative of these forms is formed by wrapping the ne+pas/whatever circumfix around the auxiliary and any accompanying pronoun:

Je ne m'en suis pas moqué.

Je ne l'ai pas frappé.


In most spoken forms of French (and writing that emulates them), the ne is almost universally dropped, which is the only way I can think of that one could describe a negative as being placed "after" the auxiliary.


in passé composé most of the adverbs come in between the auxiliary verb and the past participle.


  • Je ne suis jamais allé en France.
  • Je n' ai rien compris.
  • Je n' ai pas encore mangé.


  • Je n' ai vu personne.
  • Personne n' est venu.
  • Rien n' a changé.

NOTE: Adverbs of place and time come after the past participle


  • Nous avons parlé hier.
  • Je ne suis allé nulle part.

SOURCE: apprenons le français- méthode de français (4)


The above picture gives a basic explanation of negative expressions au passe(https://i.sstatic.net/IvYXb.jpg)

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    Ceci manque un peu d'explications.
    – Toto
    Commented Nov 30, 2016 at 15:15

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