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Laura K. Lawless

Formal French: Ne explÚtif

By November 15, 2012

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In relatively formal French, the ne explÚtif is used after certain verbs and conjunctions. I call it a "non-negative ne" because it has no negative value in and of itself. It is used in situations where the main clause has a negative (either negative-bad or negative-negated) meaning, such as expressions of fear, warning, doubt, and negation.

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