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Dwayne Roberts replied to Dwayne Roberts's discussion S'il vous plaitaît
"Je vous remercie, Chantal."
Mar 14
Chantal Savignat replied to Dwayne Roberts's discussion S'il vous plaitaît
"No. We don't use conditional mode when saying "please". Never. "Plairait" is used, but not with the meaning "please". Il te plairait = You'd really like it."
Mar 13
Dwayne Roberts replied to Dwayne Roberts's discussion S'il vous plaitaît
"Merci bien."
Mar 12

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George Hunt replied to Dwayne Roberts's discussion S'il vous plaitaît
"Hi Dwayne You can  use the conditional of plaire but I think it might  be quite uncommon since  "s'il te plaît" is such a common set expression. I think I may have come across "si ça te…"
Mar 12
Dwayne Roberts posted a discussion

S'il vous plaitaît

Do we ever use the conditional mode when saying "please"?  If it would please you, rather than if it pleases you? I'm confident we use it in other than "please" (as in requesting compliance) phrases, such asTu peux y aller s'il te plairait.See More
Mar 5

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George Hunt replied to George Hunt's discussion Waving
"Thanks :)"
Jan 11
Chantal Savignat replied to George Hunt's discussion Waving
"Saluer Say you happened to see a friend in the street and waved to him or her = On salut un ami. Perhaps just to say hello in passing or maybe to easy them to come over = saluer quelqu'un d'un geste. Or say the Queen when she waves to the…"
Jan 6
Chantal Savignat replied to Billy Bosworth's discussion Using the future tense
"Hi and first Je souhaite une bonne année  à tous ceux qui liront ce message. Meilleurs voeux de bonheur pour 2020. These "rules" are called "concordance des temps". We have 2 tenses : futur simple and futur…"
Jan 6

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George Hunt posted a discussion

Waving

How might one say that one waved to someone? Say you happened to see a friend in the street and waved to him or her.Perhaps just to say hello in passing or maybe to easy them to come over.Or say the Queen when she waves to the crowd ...See More
Dec 24, 2019

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George Hunt replied to Billy Bosworth's discussion Using the future tense
"Am vaguely aware of this use of the future tense,but not well enough to know the  "rules" I would agree that your second translation is better. I also thing that you could just use the present tense for "arriver". No…"
Dec 1, 2019
Billy Bosworth posted a discussion

Using the future tense

This is the sentence to be translated: They will ring when they get there. I am aware of a "rule" (?) which states that in the case of 2 future tenses/actions, the French has to make a distinction between them and show that one action has to be completed before the other. In this case, they have to perform the action of "getting there" before they can perform the action of "ringing".  This means that you can't simply put them both in the future, as there would be no distinction.So the following…See More
Dec 1, 2019
Chantal Savignat replied to michael rivers's discussion Body parts+adjective requiring possessive adjective
"Ils lui ont essuyé le visage would become Ils lui ont essuyé son visage sale. (1)   =  Ils ont essuyé son visage sale (2) The form (2) is better. (1) is not really wrong but not used. Yes I never thought about that…"
Nov 25, 2019
Chantal Savignat replied to Crack1's discussion Next year and the next year
"Some thoughts : About the second sentence :365 days from today. And about how to translate "365 days from today". It would be "l'année à venir" or "1 an" but not "une année". As a…"
Nov 25, 2019

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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…"
Nov 13, 2019
michael rivers posted a discussion

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
Nov 12, 2019

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George Hunt replied to Crack1's discussion Next year and the next year
"Have you thought of using "l'année" instead of "l'an". It expresses the on going duration of the year in a similar way to "la journée" as contrasted with"le jour". Maybe you can find…"
Nov 6, 2019
 

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S'il vous plaitaît

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Waving

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Using the future tense

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Body parts+adjective requiring possessive adjective

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Next year and the next year

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chapelle ancienne?

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avoir besoin de, avoir besoin des...?

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Water Glass

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apprendre v. enseigner

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the best in the world

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The way baronesses are made!

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apprendre v. enseigner

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Correct translation!

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reponse v. riposte

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suite a

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suite a

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How to write lain down in French

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Argument dans ma classe de conversation.

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to go and look for vs. to fetch

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