How did Tom's first day back to school go?

KayC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

How did Tom's first day back to school go?

- Comment s'est passé le premier jour de retour de Tom à l'école? I really struggled with this sentence as you can see but this seemed to be a reasonable translation of the meaning. I'm guessing it's clumsy/inelegant? But I wasn't even close to the right answer!

Asked 5 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Kay,

It is just because the term 'la rentrée' means 'le premier jour de retour à l'école', you will see it in adverts aiming to sell items like cahiers, crayons, stylos, livres ...

Comment s'est passé la rentrée de Tom ? = How was Tom's first day back at school 
C'est bientôt la rentrée = School is restarting soon 
AurélieKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Kay et Chris !

Indeed, "la rentrée" is the colloquial term in French to talk about going back to school and also going back to work after a holiday break. 
Here, I agree with Chris that "Comment s'est passé le premier jour de retour à l'école de Tom ?" is a correct sentence, though quite cumbersome in French. So to remove any unnecessary complication in this low-level exercise, I've now added a clear hint to use the word "rentrée" :)

I hope that's helpful!

Merci et bonne journée !

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

The only thing that rubs my ear is the order of "de Tom" and à l'école. I would switch that around: Comment s'est passé le premier jour de retour á l'école de Tom?

How did Tom's first day back to school go?

- Comment s'est passé le premier jour de retour de Tom à l'école? I really struggled with this sentence as you can see but this seemed to be a reasonable translation of the meaning. I'm guessing it's clumsy/inelegant? But I wasn't even close to the right answer!

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