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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

indefinite pronoun n'importe qui/quoi/quel etc+relative clause

Started this discussion. Last reply by Neil Coffey Aug 11, 2014. 12 Replies

Can anyone explain to me why the pronouns and adjective n'importe qui/quoi/quel etc cannot be foll0wed by a relative clause ? I've read that this construction is forbidden but I cannot figure out the…Continue

Subjunctive or Indicative with superlatives

Started this discussion. Last reply by alan gould Mar 27, 2014. 8 Replies

Can anyone tell me how one decides between the subjunctive and indicative in a clause dependent on nouns that are modified by the superlative or the adjectives premier, dernier, unique, seul? I've…Continue

Passé surcomposé

Started this discussion. Last reply by michael rivers Nov 21, 2013. 7 Replies

I know how the passé surcomposé(p.c) is constructed but am uncertain about it's exact purpose. I know it expresses anteriority but then so does the plus-que-parfait. What I'd like to know is what is…Continue

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Esteban de la Cruz replied to michael rivers's discussion Jour/journée with number and attributive adjective
"That 'it. The Journée is the time contained in a Jour"
Dec 13, 2016

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George Hunt replied to michael rivers's discussion Jour/journée with number and attributive adjective
"That is my understanding."
Dec 5, 2016
michael rivers replied to michael rivers's discussion Jour/journée with number and attributive adjective
"Thanks for the reply. So basically it can be either of the two depending on the nuance that you want to express."
Dec 4, 2016
michael rivers replied to michael rivers's discussion indefinite pronoun n'importe qui/quoi/quel etc+relative clause
"I found it in "A Comprehensive French Grammar" by Glanville Price. It states "Do not expand n'importe qui etc. by means of relative clause, i.e. do not use them as equivalents for qui que ce soit qui, quoi que or ou que. If…"
Aug 10, 2014

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George Hunt replied to michael rivers's discussion indefinite pronoun n'importe qui/quoi/quel etc+relative clause
"I get 3 times more returns for the term "Quiconque d'entre  vous....." than "Quiconque de vous" in Google. Maybe that phrase is better or more contemporary?"
Aug 9, 2014
Benoît replied to michael rivers's discussion indefinite pronoun n'importe qui/quoi/quel etc+relative clause
"In this particular case you should say : "Quiconque restera en arrière..." or "Ceux qui..." or even better "Ceux d'entre vous qui resteront..." I'm not used to something like "Quiconque de…"
Aug 9, 2014
susan klee replied to michael rivers's discussion indefinite pronoun n'importe qui/quoi/quel etc+relative clause
"As for the person who needs to "know the logic:". Logic? In language? I am a native English-speaker fairly fluent in French & Italian. I teach English to people whose first languages are anything but. When a student asks:…"
Aug 8, 2014
Vedas replied to michael rivers's discussion indefinite pronoun n'importe qui/quoi/quel etc+relative clause
"They sound ok to me maybe the second one could be more simple: choissisez n'importe quelle chemise du magasin another similar sentence: Ce n'est pas n'importe qui qui peut faire ça. I know that in a (very) formarlly style…"
Aug 8, 2014
Robert replied to michael rivers's discussion indefinite pronoun n'importe qui/quoi/quel etc+relative clause
"Does that mean the 2 in the top post (Michael Rivers's) are ok ? If not, how would you rewrite them? I cannot not find examples that fit those patterns, so I assume the mentioned rule aurait raison."
Aug 8, 2014
Vedas replied to michael rivers's discussion indefinite pronoun n'importe qui/quoi/quel etc+relative clause
"Hello, could tell us where you found this rule? As a French I can assure and reassure you that these kind of sentences would be naturally uttered in  everyday life without posing any problems whatsoever."
Aug 7, 2014

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George Hunt replied to michael rivers's discussion indefinite pronoun n'importe qui/quoi/quel etc+relative clause
"That is really not the way I try to learn a language. I mean ,yes I will look for logic in the construction but mainly as a way of satisfying an itch and perhaps of fixing it in my memory but this is completely over ridden by how the language is…"
Aug 6, 2014
michael rivers replied to michael rivers's discussion indefinite pronoun n'importe qui/quoi/quel etc+relative clause
"Thanks for taking the time to reply. I wanted to know to know the reason as being an English speaker I'm used to saying "anyone etc" followed by a relative clause and will never understand this rule unless I understand the logic…"
Aug 6, 2014
Robert replied to michael rivers's discussion indefinite pronoun n'importe qui/quoi/quel etc+relative clause
"You do have a point, especially if you are familiar with the similar usages in English. But languages are not so much about 'why' as about customs and style, based on which the advices you mentioned are correct. Your statements, though…"
Aug 6, 2014

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George Hunt replied to michael rivers's discussion indefinite pronoun n'importe qui/quoi/quel etc+relative clause
"Sorry I am stumped (I wasn't aware of it actually) .All the same  ,why would you need to know? Is it not enough to know that  that construction is apparently not in use  and  might get you odd looks if you tried to use…"
Aug 6, 2014
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indefinite pronoun n'importe qui/quoi/quel etc+relative clause

Can anyone explain to me why the pronouns and adjective n'importe qui/quoi/quel etc cannot be foll0wed by a relative clause ? I've read that this construction is forbidden but I cannot figure out the reason. Why couldn't I say for instanceje parlerlerai à n'importe qui que vous voulezChoissisez n'importe quelle chemise qui est dans le magasin.Are they only meant to be used as the subject of a main clause or the object of a subordinate clause? I would appreciate anyone who could enlighten me…See More
Aug 5, 2014
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Apr 19, 2014

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