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Amener and Emmener confusion

L. B.C1Kwiziq community member

Amener and Emmener confusion

There are two sentences in this text using amener and emmener in ways I thought were more correctly expressed with emporter: Taking too many clothes along with mother, and bringing one’s dolls to bathe in the sea. We’re talking about objects here, either personal or something brought from one place to another. I suppose the dolls could be expressed with apporter, as they were brought to Lola, but why did you choose amener and emmener, which I’ve studied as being used only in reference to people, animals, or vehicles?

Asked 11 months ago
Maarten K.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Linda, in modern spoken French the ‘rules’ in this area are regularly not observed.

 The attached explains what is ‘correct’, as well as what is ‘actual’. I can vouch for hearing ‘amener’ used frequently regardless of ‘correct’ grammar and word choice, including in television interviews and by journalists, other presenters and a variety of native speaker guests !

Prescriptive versus descriptive grammar ! 

https://www.frenchtoday.com/blog/french-verb-conjugation/amener-emmener-apporter-emporter-remporter-bring-take-french/

L. B.C1Kwiziq community member

Maarten, Thank you for your explanation.  I also read the article you suggest, and in fact, I am familiar with frenchtoday.com, but I probably didn’t pay close attention to the comments about spoken French on this topic. I will listen for the more prevalent use of amener going forward. Linda

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Amener and Emmener confusion

There are two sentences in this text using amener and emmener in ways I thought were more correctly expressed with emporter: Taking too many clothes along with mother, and bringing one’s dolls to bathe in the sea. We’re talking about objects here, either personal or something brought from one place to another. I suppose the dolls could be expressed with apporter, as they were brought to Lola, but why did you choose amener and emmener, which I’ve studied as being used only in reference to people, animals, or vehicles?

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