The negative of the perfect tense in French
Having seen how the French negative works in general with ne ... pas, we'll look at how to form the negative of the perfect tense. This allows us to say in French that something "didn't happen in the past".
If you haven't learnt the perfect tense yet, then you'll understand this page better if you first go and learn the basics of the French perfect tense. (This is the form used normally to express basic past tense forms such as I've been, I went, she saw etc.)
The basic idea is as follows:
For example, compare these affirmative and negative sentences: