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Le confinement, quelle vie de chien !

Find out what confinement is like from a new perspective in our bilingual audio article. Click any word for the English translation and links to related grammar lessons that you can add to your Notebook.

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Q&A relating to this exercise 3 questions, 7 answers

AdoraB1Kwiziq community member

Technical Question/Issue: Play head

Hi! Just a quick question, the play head doesn't allow me to go back or move forward as in if I wanted to play back or listen again to only a certain part of the exercise/story. And I have to listen to the whole thing again, for just one small part. Is this something that is intentional or an oversight? thank you  

Asked 4 months ago
RowenB1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Hi Adora - this exercise is in 2 parts so you don't have to listen to the whole thing. There is no 'fast forward' or 'rewind' but each section can be paused and you can go back to the start of it at any time. (If you have any further questions just email us and I can respond with details specific to the device/system you're using.) I hope that helps! 

Technical Question/Issue: Play head

Hi! Just a quick question, the play head doesn't allow me to go back or move forward as in if I wanted to play back or listen again to only a certain part of the exercise/story. And I have to listen to the whole thing again, for just one small part. Is this something that is intentional or an oversight? thank you  

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CarolB2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Qu'est-ce que veux dire "les rotules?" Je ne pouvais pas le trouver dans mon dictionnaire. Merci!

Asked 6 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Carol,

I am just wondering if you aware that by clicking on the phrase in the text, an English translation comes up?

être sur les rotules = to be exhausted ( lit- to be on your kneecaps)

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JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

La rotule  ---> Patella (kneecap) or ball joint

CarolB2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Thanks - my knowledge of anatomy in French is lacking (apparently!!)

Qu'est-ce que veux dire "les rotules?" Je ne pouvais pas le trouver dans mon dictionnaire. Merci!

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GokceA2Kwiziq community member

what is finies

Hello,

In the sentence below, finies means gone/finished, but is it used as a noun or is something different? I checked the conjugator there is no such thing as finies, too. What kind of usage is this?

Finies mes journees tranquilles !

Asked 7 months ago
IraB2Kwiziq community memberCorrect answer

The past participle “fini” (here written as “finies” because it agrees with “journées”) is used as an adjective and the word order is changed for emphasis: "Finies mes journées tranquilles.” just means “Mes journées tranquilles sont finies.”

We do the same thing in English: "Gone are the good old days when....” meaning “The good old days when....are gone."

HopeB2Kwiziq community member

Hi!

In this case "finies" isn't conjugated, but instead made to agree. It takes the form of an adjective here, and since "journées tranquilles" is both feminine and plural, an 'e' and an 's' must be added to the past participle of finir (fini) to make agreement, which makes "finies." At least, I think that's the case!

MichaelC1Kwiziq community member

It's an adjective. It agrees with "mes journées" which is feminine plural. It's an inverted word order as in the English phrase "gone are my quiet days" meaning "my quiet days are gone".

what is finies

Hello,

In the sentence below, finies means gone/finished, but is it used as a noun or is something different? I checked the conjugator there is no such thing as finies, too. What kind of usage is this?

Finies mes journees tranquilles !

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