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Enchainment with "ne"

I am aware that "Je ne sais pas" is typically pronounced /ʒən sɛ pɑ/ where the "ne" is glided with the subject pronoun.

Is it safe to say that we can generalize this to ALL instances of "je ne"?

Can we say the same with "tu ne", "on ne", "nous ne", and "vous ne" (maybe even with "il ne" and "elle ne"?)?

I notice that 95% of the time when I hear "ne" pronounced, it comes from a non-native speaker or exaggerated pronounciations in those stupid French textbooks that don't make you aware of reality. I know that "ne" can be pronounced and often is in certain contexts such as songs, poetry, or highly formal occasions, but can it always be "glided"?

This has bothered me for a why, though I could easily solve the problem by just omitting "ne" altogether and sound even more French. =P

EDIT: My question hasn't been answered. I am NOT asking if you can omit "ne". That is basic knowledge that I've learned nearly a decade ago. I'm asking if you can combine the subject pronoun and "ne" into ONE SYLLABLE (so in effect, the "n" gets pronounced, but not the ever-disappearing "e").


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It really depends. In more casual spoken French, it's pretty common to drop the "ne" with any subject. "Je crois pas" or "T'en veux pas?"

I would say it happens less with "vous." Quand on vouvoie quelqu'un, c'est déjà un peu plus soutenu donc c'est pas (<---) très poli de supprimer le "ne."

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