Vous me ré pelez de sortir la poubelle is in the present. In English remind is only used in the past or future. For example remind me to take out the

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Katrina

Kwiziq community member

16 May 2018

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Vous me ré pelez de sortir la poubelle is in the present. In English remind is only used in the past or future. For example remind me to take out the

bin or you reminded me to take out the bin. There is no present tense. How does this work in french?

This relates to:
Rappeler (à quelqu'un) = to remind (someone) -

Chris

Kwiziq community member

16 May 2018

16/05/18

Hi Katrina,


You say that in English "to remind" is only used in the past of future but in your example you are using it in the present tense:


Remind me to take out the bin. -- Present tense.
You reminded me to take out the bin. -- Past tense.
You will remind me to take out the bin. -- Future tense.


-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

16 May 2018

16/05/18

Hi katrina, 


Just to add on to what Chris has said , "Remind me to take out the bin" is actually the Imperative present used for requests and commands. 


"Rappelle-moi de sortir la poubelle."


Hope this helps!


 

Jamie

Kwiziq community member

28 July 2018

28/07/18

The best definition I know of tense says only that it is "connected" to the time when something happens. "Remind me to take out the bin" is, grammatically speaking, in the present tense. But it only makes sense semantically as expressing a wish for the future: remind me IN THE FUTURE to take out the bin.


Many confusions like this come from the blurring of syntax and semantics. Tense is purely syntactic.

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