Christopher asked: "Why "J. a descendu le géant." can't mean "J. climbed down on the giant" ?"

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

25 October 2016

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Christopher asked: "Why "J. a descendu le géant." can't mean "J. climbed down on the giant" ?"

This relates to:
Descendre can be used with avoir or être in Le Passé Composé... and changes meaning -

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

25 October 2016

25/10/16

Bonjour Christopher ! The form "avoir descendu" can only mean "to go/come/climb down" SOMETHING: this meaning doesn't apply to people or animated beings. With animated beings, "avoir descendu" means "to take down -> to shoot them down, to kill them" If you wanted to say "He climbed down ON the giant", you would use "être descendu" as it would be followed by a preposition such as "de" (off/from) or "le long de" (along): "Il est descendu du géant. / Il est descendu le long de la jambe du géant. (along the giant's leg)" I hope that's helpful! À bientôt !

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