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Hi Caro,

I heard the following sentence on Radio Canada:

   "Pour qu'ils ne les mangent et ne s'étouffent."

The discussion was something about little kids eating things that could make them choke.

Since the sentence means "so that they don't eat them and choke," i.e. it's a negative sentence, why is there no "pas" after "mangent" and "étouffent"?

Thanks.

Mike

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Hi Mike,

I heard the following sentence on Radio Canada:

  "Pour qu'ils ne les mangent et ne s'étouffent."

The discussion was something about little kids eating things that could make them choke.

Since the sentence means "so that they don't eat them and choke," i.e. it's a negative sentence, why is there no "pas" after "mangent" and "étouffent"?

=> "pas" is not always mandatory.
I have found a good explanation here :
http://www.francaisfacile.com/forum/lire.php?num=7&msg=25349&titre=Ne+employ%E9+

I let you read it. If you have further question, feel free to ask.

Cheers

Caro

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