Thank you for this fun exercise. I had never heard of the Dune du Pilat. I looked it up and it is beautiful!
In the sentence:
"Comme son nom l'indique, c'est une immense dune de sable", where is the grammar lesson for using the pronoun " l' " in this case? The two pronoun lessons listed don't address this particular usage of the pronoun. Since there isn't a previous idea stated, what does the 'l' refer to? I seem to remember a lesson about this, but couldn't find it in the library. Would it be correct to say, "Comme son nom indique, c'est une immense dune de sable."?
Also, when I read, "Elle mesure environ 102 metres !", I was thinking of the length not the height.
Maybe the phrase could be amended to say, "Elle mesure 102 metres de hauteur." ?
Just for fun, here are the entire measurements from the Wikipedia page:
"The dune has a volume of about 60,000,000 m³, measuring around 500 m wide from east to west and 2.7 km in length from north to south (1.35 km2). Its height was 106.60 m above sea level as of 2018."
Merci beaucoup !
Dictation exercise A2
I can confirm La Dune du Pilat is most impressive - have climbed it but not yet walked its full length, as I was too busy taking photos while my brother-in-law did the full walk. It has been off limits during the recent ‘canicule’ but hopefully will be open again in October, when I hope to “conquer” it fully.
‘Indiquer’ is transitive - the object pronoun is required in this construction.
Son nom indique que c’est une immense dune de sable ? Oui, son nom l’indique.
In the transcript, the ‘previously mentioned idea’ follows immediately in the same sentence - so it is still known to the reader/listener what the object pronoun refers to. (Effectively, the sentence is inverted ‘C’est une immense dune de sable, comme son nom l’indique’.)
Using le/la/l'/les = it/him/her/them (French Direct Object Pronouns)
Using neuter pronouns le or l' to refer to previously mentioned ideas (French Direct Object Pronouns)
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