Adjective or past tense?

JillianC1Kwiziq community member

Adjective or past tense?

Can you explain why 'surprise' doesn't have an acute accent on the 'e'?

Asked 1 year ago
MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

‘Surprendre’ is an irregular -re verb (prendre, apprendre reprendre etc), the past participle is simply “surpris”, with ‘surprise’ being the adjectival form with feminine gender agreement. 

‘Surprise’ is either a (feminine) noun or feminine adjectival form in French. There is no verb ‘surpriser ’.

https://www.lawlessfrench.com/verb-conjugations/surprendre/

Conjugate prendre and derivatives (+avoir) in the compound past in French (Le Passé Composé)

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

The infinitive of the verb "to surprise" is surprendre. And like the verb prendre itself, it forms the past participle as surpris. There's also a noun "the surprise", which is la surprise.

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Thank you, most helpful.

Adjective or past tense?

Can you explain why 'surprise' doesn't have an acute accent on the 'e'?

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