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Améliorer or S'améliorer

Beth B.A1Kwiziq community member

Améliorer or S'améliorer

Is it better to say "améliorer" or "s'améliorer" as in "je peux améliorer" or "je peux s'améliorer".

Asked 2 years ago
Maarten K.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

You can't just 'améliorer', you have to 'améliorer (something)' so you can't say 'J'améliore.' or 'Je peux améliorer.' eg "Je peux améliorer mon français". C'est vrai !

In other words améliorer requires a direct object (transitive verb).

S'ameliorer is pronominal intransitive, doesn't take a direct object but can have an indirect object so "Je peux m'améliorer." is fine, or can be extended for example "Je peux m'améliorer et avancer.",  or with an indirect object - "Je peux m'améliorer à la course." C'est également vrai !

 

Améliorer or S'améliorer

Is it better to say "améliorer" or "s'améliorer" as in "je peux améliorer" or "je peux s'améliorer".

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