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I am totally confused as to what I am supposed to learn

Melody S.C1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

I am totally confused as to what I am supposed to learn

"Non, il n'a pas eu son diplôme." means: 

No, he hasn't got a degree (marked wrong)

No, he didn't earn his degree  (correct)

I simply do not understand what the question is meant reflect.  The point is not explained.

Asked 1 year ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Melody,

Take a look at the examples below:

Non, il n'a pas eu son diplôme = No, he didn't get his degree 

-> Passé Composé / possessive adjective

Non, il n'a pas de diplôme = No, he hasn't got a degree 

-> Présent de l'Indicatif / "un" becomes "de" in a negative sentence in French

 

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée !

Melody S.C1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

or is this a question that rests on "son" and detecting that mistake? (a vs. his ?) 

Jim J.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Melody,

The translation is more like "He did not achieve or pass his degree" In other words "He did not graduate."

This is my understanding -- hope it helps.

Jim

Maarten K.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

You are right - the ‘best’ translation will require ‘his' degree as that is the phrasing of the original French. If context was available, he may have another degree, but he didn’t not earn/gain the ‘one’ under discussion. 

Melody S.C1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Thanks Celine,  I realized last eve after I mast the comment that there was a comment with the tense- as you point out.  

I think I first need to learn what the French terms diplôme etc. mean.  I think that's what added to my confusion.  

Brian D.C1Kwiziq community member

The correct answer implies he passed the requirements for his degree, while the incorrect one simply says he doesn't have his degree. At least that's how I understand it.

I am totally confused as to what I am supposed to learn

"Non, il n'a pas eu son diplôme." means: 

No, he hasn't got a degree (marked wrong)

No, he didn't earn his degree  (correct)

I simply do not understand what the question is meant reflect.  The point is not explained.

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