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"It looks a lot worse than it is."

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

December 27, 2012

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


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

I was indeed wondering about that, thank you!


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

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sherm456

Could you say "beaucoup pire"?


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

Yes, I was wondering that too.


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

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Glat64

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

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