J'ai su que tu étais venu me voir? I found out that you had come to see me.

Jennifer

Kwiziq community member

2 February 2017

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J'ai su que tu étais venu me voir? I found out that you had come to see me.

Is this a usual way to say I found out. Why is the verb trouver or perhaps découvrir not used?

This question relates to:
French lesson "Conjugate voir, devoir, pouvoir, boire, croire, savoir, lire, taire (+ avoir) in Le Passé Composé (conversational past)"

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

3 February 2017

3/02/17

Bonjour Jennifer ! Here we used a bit of translation licence, as the literal meaning is "I've known that...". But in French, using Le Passé Composé "J'ai su" implies that the knowledge is a punctual action here, so it actually refers more to the moment I acquired that knowledge, hence "found out" being a better translation in English. The most colloquial verb to say "to find out *something*" is "apprendre *quelque chose*": "J'ai appris que tu étais venu me voir." You would never use "trouver", and "découvrir" carries an extra sense of mystery and secret there. I hope that's helpful! À bientôt !

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