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Kwiziq community member
2 January 2019
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"
Kwiziq language super star
5 January 2019
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) .
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.
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!
Thank you for this excellent explanation!
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