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Body parts+adjective requiring possessive adjective

Started this discussion. Last reply by George Hunt yesterday. 1 Reply

I know body parts are generally preceded by the definite article.But I've heard that when the body part is qualified by an adjective, this rule is flexible.Is it correct to say the definite article…Continue

avoir descendu l'arbre

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chantal Savignat Oct 15, 2018. 6 Replies

Why is the above sentence considered incorrect to translate 'I climbed/came down the tree'? I am of the understanding that 'Descendre de l'arbre' is the right translation, but I can't understand…Continue

qu'est ce que- what is/are

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chantal Savignat Dec 31, 2017. 6 Replies

Do qu'est-ce que and qu'est ce que c'est que mean the same as quel est or do they express something else?i.e Could "what is the answer?" be translated as eitherQuelle est la réponseQu'est-ce…Continue

Jour/journée with number and attributive adjective

Started this discussion. Last reply by Esteban de la Cruz Dec 13, 2016. 4 Replies

I was told that you should always use "jour" with numbers and "journée" with attributive adjectives. But what happens when you want say something with both, like "I spent 3 great/magnificent days in…Continue

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George Hunt replied to michael rivers's discussion Body parts+adjective requiring possessive adjective
"Well all rules have exceptions ,but I think you have the gist of this. As for "la main droite" etc  the reason seems to be that the phrase is so compact and common that it falls into  the category of unqualified body parts. Not…"
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Body parts+adjective requiring possessive adjective

I know body parts are generally preceded by the definite article.But I've heard that when the body part is qualified by an adjective, this rule is flexible.Is it correct to say the definite article is always replaced by a possesive adjective when an adjective qualifies a body part? Elle a haussé ses lourdes epaules I've heard "droite" and "gauche" may be exceptions to the above rule but I'm not sure why.Would this rule also apply when one performs an action on a part of another person's…See More
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