French For Beginners
par Olivier Malet

 

Chapter Twenty-Four

 

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28

 

 

 

QUESTION and NEGATION

If you are asked a negative question and the answer is yes or no, French makes another distinction that English doesn’t make:

- Tu parles français?
- Oui, je parle français.
- Non, je ne parle pas français.
Do you speak French? Yes I speak French; No, I don’t speak French

- Tu ne parles pas français?
- Si
, je parle français.
- Non, je ne parle pas français.
Don’t you speak French? Yes, I speak French; No, I don’t speak French

> Listen to the following questions and answer them using 'si'

- Tu ne parles pas anglais?
- Si, je parle anglais!
Don’t you speak English? Yes, I speak English!

- Tu n’attends pas?
- Si, j’attends!
Aren’t you waiting? Yes, I’m waiting!

- Tu ne réponds pas?
- Si, je réponds!
Don’t you answer? Yes, I answer!

- Tu n’arrives pas demain?
- Si, j’arrive demain!
Aren’t you arriving tomorrow? Yes, I’m arriving tomorrow!

- Tu n’entres pas?
- Si, j’entre!
Aren’t you coming in? Yes, I’m coming in!

- Tu ne pars pas tout de suite?
- Si, je pars tout de suite!
Aren’t you leaving right away? Yes, I’m leaving right away!

- Tu ne sors pas maintenant?
- Si, je sors maintenant!
Aren’t you going out now? Yes, I’m going out now!

- Tu ne descends pas ici?
- Si, je descends ici!
Aren’t you getting off here? Yes, I’m getting off here!

- Tu n’es pas Belge?
- Si, je suis Belge!
Aren’t you Belgian? Yes, I am Belgian!

- Tu n’es pas suisse?
- Si, je suis suisse!
Aren’t you Swiss? Yes, I am Swiss!

- Tu n’habites pas ici?
- Si, j’habite ici!
Don’t you live here? Yes, I live here!

- Tu n’aimes pas ça?
- Si, j’aime ça!
Don’t you like that? Yes, I like that!

 

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