Vendredi and Le Vendredi

CelineA2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Vendredi and Le Vendredi

Hi, I'm having a problem understanding why "Pierre is taking the train on Friday" is wrong. I see the correct answer is "Pierrs takes the train on Fridays", but the "explain this" is not really explaining it for me as the only difference is the "le" vendredi. Can you explain why please when you get a chance. Thanks a mil, Celine
Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Céline,

The difference between: 

Pierre prend le train vendredi  = Pierre is taking the train on Friday

(meaning  this Friday)

and

Pierre prend le train le vendredi  = Pierre takes the train on Fridays  (meaning every Friday)

We use le + day of the week for something you do regularly on that day.

Hope this helps!

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Celine,

in French, the article in front of a weekday signifies that this happens all days, not just the one. 

Samedi je joue aux cartes. -- Saturday I play cards. 

Le samedi je joue aux cartes. -- SaturdayS I play cards. 

-- Chris (not a native speaker). 

TarsilaA1Kwiziq community member

Hello! Would that be correct? (meaning every Friday)

Pierre prend le train les vendredis.

thank you!

CécileKwiziq team member

Hi Tarsila, 

You would have to add 'tous' -

Pierre prend le train tous les vendredis.

or

Pierre prend le train le vendredi. 

meaning the same thing.

Hope this helps!

Vendredi and Le Vendredi

Hi, I'm having a problem understanding why "Pierre is taking the train on Friday" is wrong. I see the correct answer is "Pierrs takes the train on Fridays", but the "explain this" is not really explaining it for me as the only difference is the "le" vendredi. Can you explain why please when you get a chance. Thanks a mil, Celine

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