I am struggling with this too

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Kwiziq community member

25 December 2018

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I am struggling with this too

I always learnt that: " I went up the ladder was" took the verb "être"

Je suis allée jusqu'a l'echelle

Why is it in your example with "avoir". "I went up the stairs"

"J'ai monté les escaliers"??

This question relates to:
French lesson "Monter can be used with avoir or être in Le Passé Composé... and changes meaning"


Kwiziq language super star

17 January 2019


Hi Patty,

Indeed with ‘échelle’ you will use ‘être’ as in -

Je suis monté à l’échelle/ Je suis monté sur une échelle 

But in the case on ‘monter les escaliers’ , ‘les escaliers’ is the direct object of ‘monter’ which makes the verb transitive requiring it to take ‘avoir’.

Very confusing I know....

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