Soudain vs. soudainement?

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Robin

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2 January 2019

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Soudain vs. soudainement?

In this example, I am wondering why soudainement is not used (adding "ment" to the feminine version of an adjective).

I am looking at this sentence and soudain seems to be used as an adverb/is that why no "ment".  If so would you please provide me with an example where soudainement might be used?  Many thanks. 

On regardait les lucioles, et soudain toutes ont disparu.

This question relates to:
French lesson "Tout, tous, toute, toutes = Everything, all (of them), the whole"

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

5 January 2019

5/01/19

That's an interesting question Robin...

Soudain, can be an adjective and an adverb and will  mostly be used on its own to mean - tout à coup, subitement  (all of a sudden) .

e.g.

J'écrivais une lettre à Marie quand soudain, j'ai entendu un cri violent = I was writing a letter to Marie when suddenly, I heard a violent scream

J'ai eu une douleur soudaine dans le dos I had a sudden pain in my back

Soudainement is an adverb and  will normally follow a verb.

e.g.

Le vent se leva soudainement à la plage = The wind rose suddenly on the beach

La rivière a débordé soudainement The river overflowed suddenly 

Hope this helps!

Robin

Kwiziq community member

5 January 2019

5/01/19

Thank you for this excellent explanation!

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