Hi I have two questions regarding the phrase 'on n'est pas secoués dans tous les sens'.
1. why is there an 'e' on the end of secoué? I would have thought that it should be the third person singular of 'on'.
2. What is the meaning of 'secoué dans tous les sens'? Does it mean 'shaken about all over the place'?
Dictation exercise B2
"secoué" is an adjective relating to the subject "On" where "on" is, in this case, more than one person.
We were not shaken/agitated all over the place --> On n'est pas secoués dans tous les sens.
The past participle "secoués" is acting as an adjective
Nous vs on (subject pronouns)
Hope this helps,
Would "on" always be considered as multiple people in this context to a french ear? Could it also be considered as a more general "you're" or "one" like it would in english?
On can stand for a colloquial "we" -- in this case it requires the plural in adjectives and participles. Or it can be a more general "one" or "mankind", then it needs the singular. Here it is the colloquial version of "we" and therefore needs the plural. There's a lesson on this here: On can mean either we/one/people (French Subject Pronouns)
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