Modern Philology Volume 2

Modern Philology Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: the same clause would not do, to the real affirmative meaning of the sentence, viz., that every man without exception was terrified--a proposition which the negative form renders more forcible. The instances bearing on this question might be multiplied, but one or two more must suffice. The phrase sije ne me trompe is as common as any similar formula in modern French. Can its conservation of ne without pas be looked upon as anything more than a purposeless survival? It seems as if the ne so used has a function which ne.... pas would not fulfil. The expression as we have it undoubtedly means more than si je ne me trompe pas; its force is rather a mains que je ne me trompe, i. e., "unless I am mistaken (yet I may be mistaken)." This last thought is not to be avoided when si je ne me trompe is deliberately used instead of sije ne me trompe pas. Examples of the same use of ne with other verbs, after si introducing the same kind of a conditional clause, are to be found in recent French both spoken and written. Ab another case let us notice the office of ne in the rhetorical question. Que ne le dites-vous franchementf "why do you not say so frankly?" is not equivalent to a question that requires an answer. That would be pourquoi ne le dites-vous pas franchementf the negative being fully expressed. The use of Tie as an incomplete negative after the interrogative que seems to have been retained in order that the positive exhortation which the question implies, dites-le franchement, may be present as an inevitable suggestion. The sentence with pourquoi followed by ne.... pas is an inquiry which may indicate a course of action as well as demand a reply; but que ne le dites vous? means, first and foremost, encouragement; more

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