Rules of Negation to conjugate the verb
Les phrases négatives
A negative sentence (une phrase négative) allows us to negate a statement, express disagreement, make contradictions or deny the occurrence of an event or action. The most common negative construction in French is ne + verb + pas, although there are also other phrases we can use.
A negative sentence is a sentence whose verb is negated with the word “not” and an affirmative sentence is… The contrary :-)
I can speak French – affirmative sentence
I can not speak French – negative sentence
In English, the negative form often take elision (meaning contracts) in writing: don’t, isn’t, aren’t, can’t…
In French, the regular way to make a sentence negative in writing is to use “ne + verb + pas”.
Je parle français => je ne parle pas français
How to make negative sentences in French
ne … pas
Most negative sentences in French are formed with the ne … pas construction. The conjugated verb comes between the two parts: ne + verb + pas
Before vowels (a, e, i, o, u) or a silent h, ne becomes n’. This is known as elision.