Un bâton dans “l’air.”...deux bâtons dans “les airs”? Expliquez pourquoi on dit “les airs”, s’il vous plaît.

DOROTHY

Kwiziq community member

3 March 2019

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Un bâton dans “l’air.”...deux bâtons dans “les airs”? Expliquez pourquoi on dit “les airs”, s’il vous plaît.

Pourriez-vous donner autre exemples de cette règle?

This question relates to:
French vocab and grammar list "Studylist for exercise The brass band"

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

3 March 2019

3/03/19

Hi Dorothy,

Can’t find the context to this, can you point me to it?

DOROTHY

Kwiziq community member

3 March 2019

3/03/19

It is in the 4th sentence of writing exercise”Fanfare”.   ...les majorettes, qui feront tournoyer leurs bâtons ‘dans les airs’   —in the air.   A plural for”air” seems strange to me.  So I think it may be iia special French usage.

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

7 March 2019

7/03/19

Hi Dorothy;

There are a few expressions you can use in French for ‘into the air’...

For instance , if you throw a stick to the dog you will probably just use ‘lancer un baton dans l’air’. You will say of a plane flying ‘dans les airs’, meaning higher up into the sky...

So the majorettes throw their sticks really high into the air, figuratively into the sky...

Simpler in English I think...

Hope this helps

 

DOROTHY

Kwiziq community member

7 March 2019

7/03/19

Alors, “une majorette peut jeter son bâton dans les airs” aussi!   C’est ce que je comprend.  

Merci bien, Cécile.

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