Why does this lesson show apparaître as an exception to the rule when the past particple is apparu?

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Shelley

Kwiziq community member

16 June 2018

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Why does this lesson show apparaître as an exception to the rule when the past particple is apparu?

This question relates to:
French lesson "Conjugate paraître, connaître and derivatives (+ avoir) - except apparaître and naître - in Le Passé Composé (conversational past)"

Alan

Kwiziq community member

16 June 2018

16/06/18

I think it's because the passé composé of apparaître is normally formed with être instead of avoir.

(There should be a link to a lesson that explains that, but it seems to be broken.)

Shelley

Kwiziq community member

17 June 2018

17/06/18

Thank you for the quick response, Alan. I was not thinking about the auxiliary verb. I hope that the link to the lesson that explains that can be restored because apparaître is sometimes conjugated with être and sometimes with avoir, but I am not clear about the different circumstances.

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

18 June 2018

18/06/18

Hi Shelley,

The lesson on 'apparaître' is still being prepared but I will try to answer your question here-

In the sense of 'to appear' as in an event you can actually use both. You will hear "Le soleil est finalement apparu cet après-midi." or "Le soleil a finalement apparu... "The sun finally made an appearance this afternoon.)

The difference being emphasis on the action (using 'avoir') or the result (using 'être').

It is indeed a very subtle distinction and I would not worry too much about it ...

e.g

Les documents sont apparus/ont apparu ce matin.

The documents appeared/materialised  this morning.

both are possible.

Hope this helps!

Shelley

Kwiziq community member

18 June 2018

18/06/18

This is very helpful, thank you! I look forward to studying the lesson on "apparaître" when it is completed, as I find that the explanations (and examples) that you and your team produce are very  clear and easy to understand, as well as very thorough.

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