'Let's finish'/'Finish!'

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Eileen

Kwiziq community member

4 October 2017

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'Let's finish'/'Finish!'

So if 'let's finish our homework' is 'finissons nos devoirs', what would 'finish our homework!' be? (As in you're telling else to do it) Merci!

This relates to:
Conjugate regular verbs in L'Impératif (imperative) -

Ron

Kwiziq community member

4 October 2017

4/10/17

Bonjour Eileen, Alors, la réponse correcte est dans la même leçon, voila les exemples: Finis tes devoirs ! --> Finish your homework! Finissez vos devoirs ! --> Finish your homework! 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 utilisé par le monde français depuis l’époque d’Hugues Capet

Eileen

Kwiziq community member

5 October 2017

5/10/17

Merci Ron, but I was asking what 'finish our homework' would be, not 'finish your homework'. If 'donne-nous' means 'give us' (as stated in an example), then how would you command someone to 'finish our homework'? Would it be 'finis-nos' rather than 'finissons nos'?

Ron

Kwiziq community member

6 October 2017

6/10/17

Bonjour à nouveau Eileen, Je m'excuse ! In order to give a good response, let's take at look at the verb «aller» in the impératif : If I say to someone, «let's go» then the impératif phrase is «Allons-y» which uses the first person plural. By the same logic «let's finish our homework» again I would be speaking to someone like a study partner, perhaps. Using the first person plural of «finir» gives us «finissons», so using the phrase «let's finish our homework», we would have «Finissons nos devoirs». This is not a true imperative even though it would be written that way. The locuteur is merely stating that we need to finish our homework together. Perhaps the two had stopped studying to discuss going to get a bite to eat which they agree on then he states Finissons nos devoirs (let's finish our homework) puis nous pouvons aller. I hope this is clearer. Having a contextual idea at times puts things in perspective. Bonne chance !

Eileen

Kwiziq community member

6 October 2017

6/10/17

Merci Ron. However, I was asking how do you command someone to do something for 'us' - e.g. a bully telling someone 'finish our homework!' Or 'clean our shoes!' (Not 'let's' do something which I think I understand).

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

6 October 2018

6/10/18

Hi Eileen,

Finish our homework! ,would be

Finis/finnissez nos devoirs!

Nettoie/nettoyez nos chaussures! Clean our shoes!

Hope this helps!

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