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Cher journal

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NicoleA1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Impersonal verb vs direct object

Hello again,

I have a question when looking over my answers and noticing that il me reste is using the impersonal verb shouldn't the suggestion lesson change from direct/indirect object to impersonal verb?


Thanks 

Nicole

Asked 2 weeks ago
MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

I suspect that at A1 level of lesson, reference to the impersonal verb 'il reste' may have been thought a bit advanced despite being used in the transcript, but don't know for sure. The link to direct/indirect objects arises from 'me' in 'il me reste' - rester is either a «verbe transitif indirect (indirect object)» or a «verbe intransitif (no object)» in its different uses (https://bescherelle.com/conjugueur.php), hence the 'me' here is an indirect object pronoun. Understanding the pronouns in French is quite a big task (as is understanding the prepositions, the verbs, the . . . )

Impersonal verb vs direct object

Hello again,

I have a question when looking over my answers and noticing that il me reste is using the impersonal verb shouldn't the suggestion lesson change from direct/indirect object to impersonal verb?


Thanks 

Nicole

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NicoleA1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

My revision in English

Hello,

I was wondering if I can post my translation of the reading exercise of Cher journal for my answers here to see how I did or is there a page where it shows it correctly of the translation?


Thanks for your help

Nicole

Asked 2 weeks ago
MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

If you click on the French transcript at any point/s you want to check the translation appears in a box with suggested lesson links.

NicoleA1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Thanks Maarten

My revision in English

Hello,

I was wondering if I can post my translation of the reading exercise of Cher journal for my answers here to see how I did or is there a page where it shows it correctly of the translation?


Thanks for your help

Nicole

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SiobhánA2Kwiziq community member

Il me reste

Hi all,

Why would one say "il me reste des croissants" when "croissants" is a plural word and "il me reste" is a singular phrase? Is this just an expression?

Asked 1 month ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Siobhán, 

Il --- reste = to have something left is an impersonal verb like il faut so you can conjugate it across tenses but it only has one form the impersonal 'il'.

https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/grammar/how-to-express-necessity-or-obligation-with-the-expression-il-faut

Il lui reste €100 He has €100 left 

Il me faut 3 oignons = I need 3 onions 

Il vous reste du pain dans le placard You have bread left in the cupboard

Il leur faut des choux de Bruxelles = They need Brussels sprouts 

Il me reste beaucoup à faire avant de me coucher I have a lot left to do / I still have a lot to do before I go to bed 

C'est tout ce qu'il me reste !  = That's all I have left!

 

Hope this helps 

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

The impersonal pronoun "il' is always in the 3rd person singular - the verb agreement is with the subject. The impersonal pronoun is used in many expressions and 'impersonal verbs' as used here in 'il me reste' - the verb is always conjugated in the 3rd person singular.  See https://www.lawlessfrench.com/grammar/impersonal-verbs/ 

Il me reste

Hi all,

Why would one say "il me reste des croissants" when "croissants" is a plural word and "il me reste" is a singular phrase? Is this just an expression?

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TinaA1Kwiziq community member

pour finir de me réveiller how does this translate?

How does this translate?

Asked 2 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Tina, 

pour finir de me réveiller = to finish waking up

If you click on the expression, the English translation comes up in yellow.

Bonne Continuation!

JoanieA1Kwiziq community member

To wake up completely.

SheilaA2Kwiziq community member

To finish waking up

pour finir de me réveiller how does this translate?

How does this translate?

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ProchyC1Kwiziq community member

Why is prochain sometimes used before and sometimes after the noun?

Hi Kwizig Team, 

Can you tell me why prochain is sometimes used before the noun as in la prochaine fois and sometimes after the noun as in lundi prochai.  Is there any difference in meaning (as in dernier)/

Asked 3 months ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Certain adjectives change meaning when used before or after a noun. Here is a list:
https://www.lawlessfrench.com/grammar/movable-adjectives/

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

La semaine prochaine   >  next week expressing time.                 (Concrete / descriptive meaning)

La prochaine semaine   > following week in a series of weeks.    (Abstract meaning)

Why is prochain sometimes used before and sometimes after the noun?

Hi Kwizig Team, 

Can you tell me why prochain is sometimes used before the noun as in la prochaine fois and sometimes after the noun as in lundi prochai.  Is there any difference in meaning (as in dernier)/

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AdhyaA0Kwiziq community member

Meaning of Peut ?

Bonjour !! 

I am new here 

Please tell me the meaning of peut 

Asked 4 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Adhya, 

The only peut I could find was-

peut-être maybe/perhaps

If you click on the French word it will give you the translation in yellow.

In the future, can you give the whole sentence and not just a single word as the context is everything in language.

Bonne Continuation!

MeowwwA1Kwiziq community member

peut is a conjugation for the verb pouvoir. 

Pouvoir = to be able to/ can

Thus,  (il/elle) peut = (he/she) can

conjugation table for 'pouvoir', in present tense =

je peux

tu peux

il/elle peut

nous pouvons

vous pouvez

ils/elles peuvent

Excellent conjugation dictionary = https://conjugator.reverso.net/conjugation-french-verb-pouvoir.html



ErzebethA0Kwiziq community member

can

Meaning of Peut ?

Bonjour !! 

I am new here 

Please tell me the meaning of peut 

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AgnesA0Kwiziq community member

Meaning Of Mettrai pls answer so that I know it

What does mettrai mean

Asked 4 months ago
MeganB1Kwiziq community memberCorrect answer

Mettrai is the first person singular conjugation of "mettre" (which means to place or to put) in the indicative simple future tense. For example "je mettrai la tasse sur la table" would mean "I will put the cup on the table"

EmmanuelA1Kwiziq community member

Il faut faire attention aux pronom sujets et les terminaisions de  verbes en  conjugaision pour éviter l'apprentissage des mots en isolation. 

  mettrai- futur simple du verbe "mettre", a pour sujet- "je"

Meaning Of Mettrai pls answer so that I know it

What does mettrai mean

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MuibatA1Kwiziq community member

Le/les, de/du

Bonjour a tous,

I am new here. Please I find it difficult to identify when le or les is pronounced. The same goes for de/du.Is there any way I can always identify each of these when pronounced?

Merci.

Asked 5 months ago
ZeraineA1Kwiziq community memberCorrect answer

Le sounds like "luh"

Les sounds like "leh". If the next word after "les" starts with a vowel, it'll be pronounced  like "lez"

 

"de" sounds like "duh"

to pronounce the u in "du", first, say "eee". While doing so, round your lips. That's how you pronounce the French's u in general.

 

Hope I helped.

 

DavidC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Hi! Le rhymes with je! Les is pronounced "lay". 
De also rhymes with je. Du rhymes with tu (familiar form or you).

CécileKwiziq team member

Thanks, guys, it is always helpful to have non-native inputs for pronunciation help.

My students used to find the -u of rue difficult to pronounce as there's no real equivalent in English but some students knew how to say -


correctly.

This might help!

Le/les, de/du

Bonjour a tous,

I am new here. Please I find it difficult to identify when le or les is pronounced. The same goes for de/du.Is there any way I can always identify each of these when pronounced?

Merci.

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DYLANA1Kwiziq community member

Cest vs il est

Bonjour,

Shouldn't the phrase "meme si je sais que c'est le repas le plus important de la journee" be "meme si je sais qu'il est le repas le plus important de la journee" because we are referring to something specific? (breakfast)

Merci.

Asked 7 months ago
ROSLYNB1Kwiziq community member

The text refers to breakfast IN GENERAL being the most important meal, not that PARTICULAR breakfast on that day. So in that sense it is not specific.

Cest vs il est

Bonjour,

Shouldn't the phrase "meme si je sais que c'est le repas le plus important de la journee" be "meme si je sais qu'il est le repas le plus important de la journee" because we are referring to something specific? (breakfast)

Merci.

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GailC1Kwiziq community member

Bien à vous

Un ami m'a écrit que quand on utilise l'expression  "bien à vous" à la fin d'un email ça n'est pas écrit  par une femme à un homme.  On dit "Une femme n'écrit pas "'bien à vous" a un homme, une femme n'envoie pas ses "sentiments" à un homme." Qu'en pensez-vous ?  Quelle est la règle grammaticale appropriée ?


Asked 9 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Gail,

The expression 'bien à vous' means 'tout à vous' which is in English,  all yours.

I suppose it could be misconstrued as meaning a lot more than a polite throw-away comment if written from a man to a woman and vice-versa.

The same goes for the word for feelings, which is sentiments.

So you could use 'Cordialement' or 'Salutations' to avoid any misunderstanding!

Bien à vous

Un ami m'a écrit que quand on utilise l'expression  "bien à vous" à la fin d'un email ça n'est pas écrit  par une femme à un homme.  On dit "Une femme n'écrit pas "'bien à vous" a un homme, une femme n'envoie pas ses "sentiments" à un homme." Qu'en pensez-vous ?  Quelle est la règle grammaticale appropriée ?


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JoanA1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

"il me reste des croissant du weekend".

If I rewrite to "il lui reste des croissant du weekend", does this mean he have some croissants left from the weekend?

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Joan,

Yes, it does...

'croissants' with an -s at the end, otherwise you would say-

Il lui reste un croissant du weekend = He has one croissant left from the weekend

Hope this helps!

Jjla4370A0Kwiziq community member

no

AmitoA0Kwiziq community member

i do not think that is fully correct

AmitoA0Kwiziq community member
really?

"il me reste des croissant du weekend".

If I rewrite to "il lui reste des croissant du weekend", does this mean he have some croissants left from the weekend?

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JoanA1Kwiziq community member

c'est la même chose / c'est le même chose

I  am just wondering what female noun is it specifically referring to. Many thanks

Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

la chose is female, hence la même chose.

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Are you gay

Joan asked:View original

c'est la même chose / c'est le même chose

I  am just wondering what female noun is it specifically referring to. Many thanks

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ElizabethA1Kwiziq community member

This is super helpful.

I read the written French easily but understanding the spoken is so so so hard for me. This is just at the right level.  I can understand maybe 1/3rd of it.

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Elizabeth,

Listening skills ( or understanding the spoken word) is in my experience the hardest part of learning a foreign language but if you are understanding a third you are doing really well, so -

 Bonne continuation! 

DaveA1Kwiziq community member

I got about 70% first time around, and about another 15% next time around. I wrote it down and then checked my spellings against the written text, then played it a third time to see what I'd missed. The French do run some words together which makes it so important to listen first rather than read the script. If you read first, you expect the pronunciation to be as per the written word. Really good exercise.

Elizabeth asked:View original

This is super helpful.

I read the written French easily but understanding the spoken is so so so hard for me. This is just at the right level.  I can understand maybe 1/3rd of it.

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SaraB2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

is it just me or does the audio say "tard" rather than "retard"?

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Sara,

Having listened to the exercise, the reader does say,

en r'tard 

which is how the French would probably pronounce it in every day speech....

Sara asked:View original

is it just me or does the audio say "tard" rather than "retard"?

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CarineB1Kwiziq community member

(Suggestion, not question) I wander if there would be some exercises of this reading comprehension?

It is a good material and I hope it would be counted in my "exercise record", so I can come back to this page to see my improvement throughout the time. When it is listed in my "exercise record", I will feel rewarded. 
Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team member

Hi Carine,

Could you repost your excellent suggestion through our Help and support section where it will be considered ?

CarineB1Kwiziq community member

definitely

AmitoA0Kwiziq community member
yes

(Suggestion, not question) I wander if there would be some exercises of this reading comprehension?

It is a good material and I hope it would be counted in my "exercise record", so I can come back to this page to see my improvement throughout the time. When it is listed in my "exercise record", I will feel rewarded. 

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