J'ai de plus en plus mal à me concentrer

JenniferC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

J'ai de plus en plus mal à me concentrer

I am just if the me is essential or could it be left out.
Asked 1 year ago
RonC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
Bonjour Jennifer, «à me concentrer» is the correct syntaxe for talking about one's own ability to concentrate. Here is the page from the Collins-Robert: se concentrer ⇒ I couldn't concentrate. ---> Je n'arrivais pas à me concentrer. J'espère que ma réponse vous aiderait. Bonne chance et bonne continuation dans vos études en français, la langue de Molière et qui a été utilisée par le monde français depuis l’époque d’Hugues Capet Ron (un locuteur non natif )
LauraKwiziq team member
Bonjour Jennifer, Concentrer is a transitive verb (needs a direct object), as in concentrer son attention. If you don't use a direct object like that, then yes - me is required, as it serves as the direct object.
JenniferC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
Thank you both, the point about the direct object is particularly useful to me as I sometimes struggle in such areas

J'ai de plus en plus mal à me concentrer

I am just if the me is essential or could it be left out.

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