Accord with quel/ quelle/ quels/ quelles

HemlataA2Kwiziq community member

Accord with quel/ quelle/ quels/ quelles

Hi , which is correct and why

Quels livres avez-vous lus ? Or

Quels livres avez-vous lu?





Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Hemlata,

The word 'quels' ( which/what) has no bearing on the agreement of the past participle 'lu'.

Here is the lesson on quel/quelle/quels/quelles for you to study.

Quel/quelle/quels/quelles + [nom] = What a [noun] (French Exclamative Adjectives)

The agreement of the past participle is with the object of the verb 'lire' and it depends whether it is in front or behind it, and that is covered in the other lesson.

Bonne Continuation !

 

 

CécileKwiziq team member

Hi Hemlata, 

The answer is in the lesson you have pinned. 

https://www.kwiziq.com/community-guidelines

 

Bonne Continuation !

HemlataA2Kwiziq community member

Merci Cécile, but i can't seem to find anything specific with quel.  Can you share the link? The link shared by you is on community guidelines.

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

I think Cécile may have interpreted your question as outside ‘homework’. 

It may be worth reworking the question - rather than a question about ‘quel’ (an adjective),  it seems you may be asking about past participle agreement with compound tenses and auxiliary avoir in inverted questions when the direct object precedes the verb, but is not a direct object pronoun ? 

A quite niche point obviously and I can’t recall having seen it specifically addressed. I think I know the answer, but not sure enough to put it forward. Perhaps Cécile might be able to clarify ?

HemlataA2Kwiziq community member

Oh ok. I get it now! Merci beaucoup Cécile !

AnneC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
Looking at my own Kwiziq notes, I came across the example "Hier, quelle robe as-tu portée pour la soirée?" which was in a question posted here four years ago (https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/questions/view/doubt-in-the-concept). The answer says "portée" is correct, which gave me pause for the reason Maarten suggests above. I can’t see the difference between that sentence and "Quels livres as-tu lu(s)" and so would be grateful for clarification in the situation with inverted verbs.
AnneC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

My above post of 1 week ago is showing as answered but it hasn’t been. 

There’s a question further down this thread about the sentence "Quelle  robe as-tu portée" querying the terminal "e" on portée and the Kwiziq answer says it is correct (Shrey, 4 years ago). I know this question was once in this module because I made a note of it. It seems to be the same pattern as "quels livres as-tu lu" and the post should maybe be removed from the thread if incorrect?

CécileKwiziq team member

Hi Anne,

It should be -

Quels livres avez-vous lus ? = Which books have you read?

Quelle robe as-tu portée = Which dress did you wear?

I couldn't find that particular example in the lesson pinned by Hemlata which is all about the agreement of the past participle ( with avoir) and whether the object (COD) it refers to precedes the verb or not.

Hope this clarifies matters.

 

AnneC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Hi, Cécile - thanks, that is clear. Perhaps inverted questions of this pattern should be included in the lesson as a case of past participle agreement with avoir verbs?

AnneC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Hi, Cécile - thanks, that is clear. Perhaps inverted questions of this pattern should be included in the lesson as a case of past participle agreement with avoir verbs?

Accord with quel/ quelle/ quels/ quelles

Hi , which is correct and why

Quels livres avez-vous lus ? Or

Quels livres avez-vous lu?





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