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I'm a bit confused by what "on their own" means,


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4 November 2016

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I'm a bit confused by what "on their own" means,

especially when, in an example, "le jour suivant" isn't used on its own. I read the Q&A, and I'm still confused. Which sentence structures are correct for which phrases?

This relates to:
When to use "demain"/"hier" vs "le lendemain"/"la veille" vs "le jour suivant"/"le jour précédent" -


Kwiziq language super star

4 November 2016


Bonjour Susan,

"On their own" here means with no direct complement attached to it.
For example, in "le jour suivant, j'ai fait ça" , the expression is used on its own, as it is then separated from the rest on the sentence by a comma, so it is used on its own.
Whereas in "le jour suivant son retour, j'ai fait ça", the expression is completed by "son retour" (i.e. the day following what? his return), therefore it is not used on its own here.

I hope that helps clarify it!
À bientôt !


Kwiziq community member

5 November 2016


Merci, Aurélie, for clarifying.
Unsurprisingly, there would seem to be many ways to skin this particular cat. I would be most interested in which ways are used most often in conversational and informal (i.e., non-academic) written French.
I'm beginning to envy La Bourgeois Gentilhomme for speaking prose.

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