Dictation exercise B2
I think the problem stems from the fact that
acheter quelque chose à quelqu'un
can mean both
to buy someone something ( to make a gift)
to buy from someone.( as a transaction).
In this case as it a 'commerçant' we know that the person wants the same joint of beef that he/she bought from him (= that he sold her) last time.
Take a look at these examples -
Il ne faut jamais acheter à quelqu'un dans la rue = You must never buy from someone in the street
Pour Noël, je leur ai acheté un abonnement à Paris Match = For Christmas I bought them a Paris Match subscription
J'ai acheté une parcelle de terrain à mon voisin -----> Je lui ai acheté une parcelle de terrain = I have bought a piece of land from my neighbour ----> I have bought a piece of land from him
It looks confusing but the context will determine whether it is a gift or a transaction.
The pronouns you will use will be indirect object pronouns to replace the preposition à.
Hope this helps!
If you post the entire sentence, I could try to help you. But going back to the dictation exercise and listening to it, trying to identify the spot you have a problem with, then coming back here and posting a reply makes it cumbersome.
It is “acheter qqc (à qqn)”.
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