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Using the future tense

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

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…Continue

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

 

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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
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
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
Billy Bosworth posted a discussion

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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