Why is prochain incorrect?

MarkC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Why is prochain incorrect?

Jeudi, elle a un rendez-vous. -Tu veux dire ce jeudi ou ________ ?

A bit puzzled.. I answered this with le jeudi prochain and marked as incorrect.. wanted le jeudi d'après..but checking in Linguee.. it gives prochain in its examples.

Asked 2 years ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Mark,

When to use 'suivant' and not 'prochain' is quite tricky and this is a very common mistake made by English speakers.

In temporal terms you will use 'prochain' when you mean 'next' in relation to today: 

jeudi prochain = next Thursday 

which is 12th August ( today being  Saturday 7th August).

 

la semaine prochaine = week beginning 9th August in relation to today 

but you will say

'la semaine suivante' for week beginning 16th August ...

 

In the example situation ( in an unknown time frame), you will use 'suivant -

... ce jeudi ou le jeudi suivant = ... this Thursday or the following Thursday 

Or

... le jeudi d'après 

which are both accepted.

 

Hope this helps!

 

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Deleted. Already answered by Cécile.

MarkC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hello Cécile.. thank you for the clarification of when to use suivant.. but, if I am getting this right.. you are agreeing that jeudi prochain would be correct in the context of this or next.. as the time frame is properly defined.. but my problem is that Kwiziq has marked that answer incorrect and demanded d'après... if there is a this Thursday, ce jeudi, jeudi prochain has to mean next Thursday.. which is what I am trying to say.. otherwise, if it is Monday, when is jeudi prochain?

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Mark,

I deleted my previous offer because I thought that Cécile had covered all of the options.

However, if we were to write "prochain jeudi" this would mean the following Thursday as in a series of Thursdays going forward.

Prochain can be used on either side of the day and changes the meaning.

Hope this helps.

Jim 

MarkC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Thanks Jim.. clearly I am expressing myself poorly.. if it is Monday and I say "ce jeudi et le jeudi prochain " does or does that not mean this Thursday(3days) and next Thursday? (10days).. and, if wrong, what does it mean?

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

You don't use the article with jeudi. The definite article is only used when specifying every Thursday (i.e., Thursdays)

CécileKwiziq team member

Hi Mark,

I am really not sure of the distinction you are making. In the question, it can only be 'suivant' or 'd'après' and the English was -

this Thursday or the following one? 

 ( to help you) 

 

It is a bit the same as with yesterday and the day before. When telling a story you will not use 'yesterday' but the day before which could have been two weeks ago as clearly 'yesterday' is yesterday, a point in real-time in relation to 'today'.

 Hope this helps!

TiffanyC1Kwiziq community member

It has been a while since this question was asked but I recently completed this exercise and had the same question as Mark regarding why jeudi prochain was an incorrect answer for this question. It seems the answers so far haven’t addressed the confusion stemming from the different uses of the words “next” in English and “prochain” in French. 

In the context of the sentence: Tu veux dire ce jeudi ou …. 

In English we would say, do you mean this Thursday or next Thursday? As a native English speaker we naturally want to directly translate the “next” in this sentence to “prochain” in French. But that’s the problem. In this context, prochain means the first Thursday after the current day. So if this question is being asked on Tuesday, jeudi prochain means in two days. Of course in English if it’s Tuesday and we say next Thursday we mean the Thursday of the following week. That’s the difference.

Answering this question by asking ce jeudi ou jeudi prochain is incorrect because in this context (imagine the question is asked on Tuesday) they would have the same meaning. 

Hopefully this helps someone.

Why is prochain incorrect?

Jeudi, elle a un rendez-vous. -Tu veux dire ce jeudi ou ________ ?

A bit puzzled.. I answered this with le jeudi prochain and marked as incorrect.. wanted le jeudi d'après..but checking in Linguee.. it gives prochain in its examples.

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