My dictionary says that "postuler" is a transitive verb that takes a direct object, so shouldn't it be "postuler un poste"? But the Kwiziq translation says "postuler POUR un poste."
Also, what's the difference between filiale and succursale?
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Bonjour Gee !
Thanks for your message. I must admit that my native French colleagues and I had to look this point up, and here's why: nowadays, in colloquial French, people never use "postuler" as a transitive verb, but use "postuler pour" and "postuler à" instead. We even asked our family and friends who confirmed they would never use "postuler [quelque chose]". Of course, you are correct that L'Académie Française recommends the transitive usage, however here I think we are definitely in one of those occurrences where the Académie is behind the curve of modern colloquial usage becoming the new norm :)
However, as it is still "technically" correct, I've now updated the question accordingly, but do keep in mind that you should favour the intransitive options when speaking to French people ;)
I hope that's helpful!
Bonne journée !
Hi Gee, a quick Google research revealed this link:
Similarly, I just googled "filiale vs. succursale" and got this:
If I've understood the AF article correctly, then the Kwiziq translation is wrong, exactly as Gee said?
I didn't do the exercise, only posted links to decide the questions Gee asked.
It was a useful link, but it seems to support what Gee said, that there is a mistake in the translation. So I don't understand how someone on the Kwiziq staff can just mark this as the correct answer, without any further comment.
Hi Alan & Gee,
I have checked the exercise and the translation of one of our foreign branches is translated by -
une de nos succursales/agences à l'étranger
which doesn't appear to be wrong to me although I would say that 'agences' in business terms is used for branches of banks normally.
From my understanding, the difference between 'filiale' ( subsidiary) and 'succursale' (branch) is the same as in English.
A large company will have branches ( with the same name normally) in different parts of the same country or abroad. They are a whole and the same company.
A parent company ( société mère) may have subsidiaries ( filiales) which will have different names and entities. The following wiki page gives the example of Daimler AG -
There are very different legal and fiscal implications.
Hope this helps!
Thanks Cécile, but I was talking about postuler POUR un poste.
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