Can gagner be used for passing an exam same as réussir/avoir/ obtenir? Am asking because i used it once while speaking to someone. After this lesson i wonder if i used it wrongly.
Gagner is a transitive verb so takes a direct object.
It is used in situations of winning (an argument), or at sport, or to gain something -- profit, support or to augment a situation.
It is not apt in the case of achieving success in an exam situation, but I suspect that one could say that they won success in the exam. I don't see this usage as being appropriate grammatically, however.
This is my understanding -- hope it helps.
Sign in to submit your answer
Don't have an account yet? Join today
Test your French to the CEFR standard