https://www.duolingo.com/profile/capehope

"Il y a moins de temps que je ne pensais."

February 23, 2013

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GNUFRENCH

je ne pensais means!: i did not think? what is: ne ...without pas after?

March 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

The use of "ne" is optional here, does not mean that the sentence is negative, and only there to ensure a smooth flow of the sentence.

If you want to know more about "ne explétif": http://french.about.com/b/2012/11/15/ne-expletif.htm

March 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/capehope

What does this translation mean?

February 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

... before my plane takes off // between my birth and yours // since we last met....

February 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/capehope

I see. It makes much more sense to me to say "there is less time than I thought (there would be)." I don't think it a good idea to put "I was thinking" as the standard answer.

February 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Arnauti

Could this ever mean "it was not as long ago as I thought"?

April 30, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

Yes, it could, but we would rather say "il y a moins longtemps que je ne pensais".

May 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Arnauti

Thank you!

May 11, 2013
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