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Comment exprimer le contraire d'une affirmation ; les formes grammaticales de la négation. / How to express the opposite of a statement; grammatical forms of negation.

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The proper construct would be “libre de ne pas faire” (which might indeed become “libre de pas faire” in familiar settings). I would indeed translate “Libre de ne pas faire comme on nous dit.” as “Fr …
answered Sep 4 '13 by Édouard
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Effectivement, La Fontaine omet ici un « ne », tout simplement pour respecter le nombre de pieds (huit) du vers. Fit est le passé simple, troisième personne du singulier. Si l’on voulait plutôt emplo …
answered Feb 23 '15 by Édouard
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From le Trésor de la Langue Française, entry avoir III, A, 2: N'avoir qu'à + inf.Il suffit de... i.e., n’avoir qu’à followed by an infinitive means “to just have to”. Here, a (poor, literal) tra …
answered Feb 3 '15 by Édouard
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Both “Je ne sais pas quoi dire” and “Je ne sais quoi dire” are correct translations for “I don’t know what to say”. With most verbs, skipping the “pas” sounds dated, but with “savoir”, not so much; st …
answered Sep 24 '13 by Édouard
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“Être ou ne pas être, telle est la question” Generally speaking In French, the negation of infinitive verb is different than for other tenses. The negative form of “tu es” is “tu n’es pas”, not …
answered Aug 1 '13 by Édouard