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chapelle ancienne?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chantal Savignat Oct 7. 2 Replies

Ancien (-ne) is one of those adjectives that can go before or after the noun, and thereby have a different meaning. Normally if it precedes the noun its meaning is "former", otherwise it is…Continue

to go and look for vs. to fetch

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chantal Savignat Nov 11, 2018. 3 Replies

Scenario: I need something which may or may not be in the garage. If I know where it is in the garage, I will "fetch" it (je vais le chercher [I think]) If I am not sure it's in there, I will "go and…Continue

se rendre usage ...

Started this discussion. Last reply by George Hunt Aug 13, 2018. 2 Replies

Is "se rendre" used in everyday conversation to convey the meaning of "to go somewhere"? It's commonly used in text books, but it somehow seems a bit dated ... or am I wrong? eg. Je desirerais me…Continue

clockwise

Started this discussion. Last reply by Vedas Nov 13, 2016. 2 Replies

The accepted/official translation of the word "clockwise" is something like: dans le sens des aiguilles d'une montre. C'est vraiment une bouchée - What would be an acceptable abbreviation of that?…Continue

 

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Chantal Savignat replied to Billy Bosworth's discussion chapelle ancienne?
"Hello, It's not usual to say "l'ancienne chapelle" with "ancienne" = old. When I hear "l'ancienne chapelle" i understand "ancienne" as "former" = this chapel was a chapel some years or…"
Oct 7

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George Hunt replied to Billy Bosworth's discussion chapelle ancienne?
"I am not familiar with how "ancient" is used. Is there perhaps something about "chapelles"  that predisposes them to us as seeming inhererently ancient? Perhaps someone else can tell us ,preferably a native speaker or maybe…"
Sep 25
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chapelle ancienne?

Ancien (-ne) is one of those adjectives that can go before or after the noun, and thereby have a different meaning. Normally if it precedes the noun its meaning is "former", otherwise it is "ancient/old". I have seen numerous instances where "l'ancienne chapelle" appears to be referring to "the ancient chapelle". Even a French person I asked seemed to agree that this was OK - in the sense of "ancient".Is this an exception to the rule? The chances are that both may apply ie. it is both "former"…See More
Sep 24

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