"It looks a lot worse than it is."

Translation:Ça a l'air bien pire que ça n'est.

December 27, 2012

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/jesuisunmonstre

If anyone is wondering about that "ne" at the end [n'est] and why the "pas" isn't there, this is because this is "le ne explétif"; this sentence is not in the negative. From what I recall, its usage is a bit literary (Though this shouldn't be confused with the "ne littéraire!), but it's still a good idea to be able to recognize it when you see it.

December 27, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/H_eyelid

I was indeed wondering about that, thank you!

October 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/AneurinEE

There's a detailed explanation of ne explétif here: http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/negation_form_2.htm

June 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/sherm456

Could you say "beaucoup pire"?

October 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/liambennie

Yes, I was wondering that too.

November 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/shawnabcat

Ditto.

November 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/sabisteb

That's the question. It is not accepted up to now (13-5-14)

May 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Glat64

In actual speech would you end this sentence by saying... que c'est ?

December 23, 2013
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