Negative Imperative in French

Negative Imperative in French

The imperative mood does not need subjects, the negative imperative works the same way. The video will help to improve your accent and your pronunciation.

You may have a look at the main lesson: French Imperative Mood

Negative French imperative conjugation.

1. Ne…pas

Imperative Negative Imperative
Mange Ne mange pas
Mangeons Ne mangeons pas
Mangez Ne mangez pas

2. Ne…rien…

Imperative Negative Imperative
Mange Ne mange rien
Mangeons Ne mangeons plus
Mangez Ne mangez jamais

3. Direct Pronouns

Imperative Negative Imperative
Mange-le Ne le mange pas
Mange-la Ne la mange pas
Mangeons-les Ne les mangeons pas
Mangez-en N’en mangez pas

4. Indirect Pronouns

Imperative Negative Imperative
Donne-lui Ne lui donne pas
Écris-leur Ne leur écris pas
Vas-y N’y va pas

5. Mixed Pronouns

The direct pronoun comes before.

Negative Imperative
Ne le lui donne pas
Ne la lui donne pas
Ne les leur donnons pas
Ne les lui donnez pas

6. Reflexive verbs

As you can see below, the pronouns changes for the first form, toi becomes te.

Imperative Negative Imperative
Réveille-toi Ne te réveille pas
Réveillons-nous Ne nous réveillons pas
Réveillez-vous Ne vous réveillez pas

Way we speak: You know now that when we speak we don’t pronounce the first part of the negation form in French, so the word “ne” disappears when we speak. So, ne mange pas becomes mange pas! and this well know expression: fais pas ci, fais pas ça instead of ne fais pas ci, ne fais pas ça. T’inquiètes pas instead of ne t’inquiètes pas.
The difficulty comes with the pronouns because Ne lui donne pas becomes Donne lui pas (which is bad French but the way many speak) or mange la pas instead of ne la mange pas.

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