Hi, Kwiziq tells me "Le garçon rentre, les vêtements sales" = "The boy comes in, his clothes are dirty".
How would one say "The boy comes in, the clothes are dirty"? (For example, I imagine there are clothes lying around which, when the boy comes in, get stepped all over and made dirty.)
You could say for instance,
Le garçon rentre dans le salon, l'air hautain, les mains dans les poches, les vêtements sales = The boy comes into the sitting room, with an air of superiority, his hands in his pockets, his clothes are dirty
All these qualifying statements refer to the boy in question so no confusion here.
To indicate what you want to say you would have to add a lot of context -
Le garçon rentre, par terre il y a des vêtements sales = The boy comes in, on the floor there are dirty clothes
Hope this helps!
I guess one possibility would be: le garçon rentre et les vêtements sont sales. But it depends on what exactly you imagine is happening.
Merci Cécile et Chris!
I know it will sound very odd but you cannot say what you suggest as the 'et' makes all the difference , we don't know whose clothes you are talking about.
You would have to say,
"...et ses vêtements sont sales."
I think in English you can just as well omit the verb in the last bit of Cécile’s sentence - The boy comes into the sitting room… hands in his pockets, his clothes dirty.
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