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Learn French 14: Ne verb pas

Learning a new language is like travelling. The journey may be long but the beauty of the destination is worth the time spent. Half way through, we go ahead with the right kinda spirit.

Ne verb pas

The phrase ne .... verb is used in a sentence and the ... is the verb.

Il voyage pour son loisir.

Il ne voyage pas pour son loisir.

Je suis étudiant.

Je ne suis pas etudiant

J'habite dans un appartement.

Je n'habite pas dans un appartement.

NOTE: ne turns to n' in front of a vowel

Culture tip:

We shall discuss some expressions that contain the negation vocabulaire

1. Il ne faut pas se fier aux apparences.

Literal translation: “One should not trust appearances.”

Meaning: This saying is the English equivalent of “You can’t judge a book by its cover,” or “Looks can be deceiving.” It means that you should get to know someone before you make judgments about him/her. In short, “Don’t make assumptions.”

2. Il ne faut rien laisser au hasard.

Literal translation: “One should leave nothing to chance.”

Meaning: Here’s another no-fuss, no-frills saying. This one means “Plan ahead.”

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