2 questions: 1)use of the verb Rester 2) Subjunctive of Finir?

MaryC1Kwiziq community member

2 questions: 1)use of the verb Rester 2) Subjunctive of Finir?

Please can you explain why 'Rester" is used in this answer to a test question rather than simply using the future of to sit and, secondly why not 'il finisse' after jusqu'à ce que?

How would you say "Ben will sit at that desk until after he's finished his homework." ?Ben restera assis à ce bureau jusqu'à ce qu'il ait fini ses devoirs.

(I did post this earlier in the week but have not had a response. many thanks)

Asked 2 years ago
AlanC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

I think the point is that s'asseoir literally means to sit down, so using it in the future tense would imply that he is going to repeatedly sit down. There isn't a French verb that just means "to sit".

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Mary,

It's simply a matter of expressing that "Ben is required to remain seated" as opposed to "will sit" until the following action has happened.

Jim

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Asseoir  --> to sit, to establish.

S'asseoir --> to sit down

MaryC1Kwiziq community member

Thank you for your responses on "asseoir". Really interesting and I never knew, but now it's obvious of course! 

2 questions: 1)use of the verb Rester 2) Subjunctive of Finir?

Please can you explain why 'Rester" is used in this answer to a test question rather than simply using the future of to sit and, secondly why not 'il finisse' after jusqu'à ce que?

How would you say "Ben will sit at that desk until after he's finished his homework." ?Ben restera assis à ce bureau jusqu'à ce qu'il ait fini ses devoirs.

(I did post this earlier in the week but have not had a response. many thanks)

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