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avoir descendu l'arbre

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chantal Savignat Oct 15. 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

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

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Chantal Savignat replied to michael rivers's discussion avoir descendu l'arbre
"Yes I didn't think about that, but I think all "path" nouns can be used with "être" or "avoir". But often some of them are more used with "être" and others with "avoir". These two…"
Oct 15

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George Hunt replied to michael rivers's discussion avoir descendu l'arbre
"I imagine your last examples would work and have a different sense to what they would have using "about. For example it seems to me like you might be hopping of the ladder rather than using it  in the normal way. And as regards the…"
Oct 14
michael rivers replied to michael rivers's discussion avoir descendu l'arbre
"Thank you for your explanation. I think I understand now. So, regarding point "2)", you could never say : "J'ai descendu la table (sur le sol)", as it's impossible to walk from the table to the ground. The "Avoir…"
Oct 14

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George Hunt replied to michael rivers's discussion avoir descendu l'arbre
"That was nicely explained."
Oct 13
Chantal Savignat replied to michael rivers's discussion avoir descendu l'arbre
"Hello   J'ai descendu l'escalier, la colline => OK J'ai descendu l'échelle => not always. "Je suis descendu de l'échelle" is right too. J'ai descendu l'arbre. => never…"
Oct 12

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George Hunt replied to michael rivers's discussion avoir descendu l'arbre
"You are right.It is a bit mystifying. When things are complicated I try to just remember the particular examples and hope that it becomes second nature eventually. There must be rules involved but I am not sure how useful they would be.Perhaps there…"
Oct 11
michael rivers posted a discussion

avoir descendu l'arbre

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 why.You can sayJ'ai descendu l'escalier, la colline, echelle etc.But notJ'ai descendu l'arbreEqually, I find it hard to understand why to translate 'to get off/ out of the (car,plane)' must be 'Je suis descendu de la voiture/avion' rather than 'J'ai descendu la voiture/avionYou are taught that when a…See More
Oct 10
Chantal Savignat replied to michael rivers's discussion qu'est ce que- what is/are
"Oui j'aurais du corriger : c'est bien "le" rôle. > Quel est le rôle de la religion dans la société ? et aussi : quelle est votre boisonn preferé? => Quelle est votre boisson…"
Dec 31, 2017

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George Hunt replied to michael rivers's discussion qu'est ce que- what is/are
""la role"? I see "le role" is far ,far more referenced in google as I expected.(737,000 vs  586! )"
Dec 31, 2017
Chantal Savignat replied to michael rivers's discussion qu'est ce que- what is/are
"Yes, that recap is ok."
Dec 30, 2017
michael rivers replied to michael rivers's discussion qu'est ce que- what is/are
"Thanks for the reply. So if I understand you correctly we use "qu'est-ce que" with a noun only when you want the definition of that noun but you would use "quel est+noun" for basically everything…"
Dec 21, 2017
Chantal Savignat replied to michael rivers's discussion qu'est ce que- what is/are
"Hello,  "qu'est ce que ..." may be  used for more questions than "quel est...". "Quel est..." is formal and informal, It is used in oral language too. it's the right way to ask  "quel est…"
Dec 12, 2017

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George Hunt replied to michael rivers's discussion qu'est ce que- what is/are
"We have been very quiet on this forum recently.Hopefully one of our native speakers  or more qualified members will drop in and give you an answer. Otherwise, I will try my best in a few days ;-)"
Nov 25, 2017
michael rivers posted a discussion

qu'est ce que- what is/are

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 que(c'est que) la réponseAlso does the "c'est que" addition make it more formal or informal?Thanks in advance for any help.See More
Nov 24, 2017
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

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