B2 Where to study

WendyB1Kwiziq community member

B2 Where to study

You hinted I should use ‘he would study’. I used ‘il étudierait’ but you translated: il allait étudier. Why?

Asked 1 month ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour All,

@Wendy @Maarten, you are right that the hint was misdirecting. It has now been updated and contains the correct tense in EN.

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée ! 

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Wendy,

Difficult to comment without seeing the text/question context.

Could you give more details please?

Jim

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Wendy,

"he was going to study at university"  --> "Il allait étudier ....."       is the correct translation.

Why?  Aller in the imparfait to express "was going" and then "to study"  étudier (infinitive)

Does this help?

Jim

WendyB1Kwiziq community member

Using the imperfect + verb doesn’t help me when the hint was about a conditional  tense 

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

The problem lies in the double function of the word "would" in English. It is used as a way to form the conditional as well as express habitual actions in the past.

I would study if I had time. -- J'étudierais si j'avais le temps. "Would study" is rendered as the conditional in French: étudierais.

He would go to France when he was younger. -- Il allait en France quand il était plus jeune. In this sentence, "would go" expresses a habitual action in the past, which demands the imperfect in French.

WendyB1Kwiziq community member

Possibly a more helpful explanation in that there is an sense of continuation. Thank you 

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Agree, Wendy.

The clue misdirects here from ‘he was going to study’ - (allait étudier) - towards the conditional, and as such is unnecessary. If the sentence had been “knew what he would study…”, and the clue given as “was going to study …” it would have been useful, but as it stands, the clue is unhelpful.

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

The problem with the answer marked correct is that doesn’t fit with the exercise and expected answer.

B2 Where to study

You hinted I should use ‘he would study’. I used ‘il étudierait’ but you translated: il allait étudier. Why?

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