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Is the "ne expletif" always required?

Is it always required for verbs/phrases/conjunctions that "call for it?"

April 11, 2020



It will be required in an academic essay or a letter, and may sound better in some cirumstances in oral speech. Try to get used to it so you don't mistake it for a negation, which can be tricky sometimes.

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    So long as you are only using the "ne" for effect and not as the start of a negation - i.e. it really is ne explétif and you are not trying to negate the verb, then it is optional.

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