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Agreement with etre verbs

JohnC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Agreement with etre verbs

To the question 'You had shaved completely that morning' I was marked wrong for 'Tu t'étais rasée ....' which is surely correct rather than your answer 'Tu t'étais rasé ....' Please explain.

Asked 1 month ago
JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Hi John,

I think it is simply a matter of who would normally shave in the morning?

Would it be a female? Would it be a male?

The answer that you are querying "Tu t'étais rasé"  suggests a male. Why? The past particle rasé concords with the direct object pronoun which is the reflexive pronoun te (t') in this case and it is placed before the verb.

If your answer had been correct then it would have implied a female direct object who had shaved.

Hope this clears things up for you.

Jim

CécileKwiziq team member

Hi John,

Just to add to Jim’s excellent answer it looks as both were accepted anyway.

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Cécile,

Of course, I should have mentioned that a female could possibly have shaved any time of the day but probably not the face!!!

Bonne Journée,

Jim

Agreement with etre verbs

To the question 'You had shaved completely that morning' I was marked wrong for 'Tu t'étais rasée ....' which is surely correct rather than your answer 'Tu t'étais rasé ....' Please explain.

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