On la voit sous forme de statues et de bustes dans les mairies - not sure how "sous" works in this phrase?

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On la voit sous forme de statues et de bustes dans les mairies - not sure how "sous" works in this phrase?

Asked 1 month ago
MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Martin, it is a fixed expression ‘ sous forme de qqc ‘, translated in context of the text as ‘ in the shape of….’

With fixed expressions it is usually best to accept the expression as it is, as a whole unit, rather than try to translate or break it into individual words. 

Nonetheless, as with many prepositions, ‘ sous ‘ has an array of different meanings, and is part of a number of expressions and compound nouns.

 https://www.wordreference.com/fren/sous%20forme%20de

 https://www.wordreference.com/fren/sous

 https://www.larousse.fr/dictionnaires/francais/sous/73753#locution

On la voit sous forme de statues et de bustes dans les mairies - not sure how "sous" works in this phrase?

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