Ainsi que = as well as, just as vs the way that

Look at these examples with ainsi que:

J'étudie la géographie, l'histoire ainsi que le français.
I study geography, history and French as well.

Dans notre ville, il y a un cinéma, un restaurant ainsi qu'une église.
In our town, there is a cinema, a restaurant and a church as well.

Elle adore nager ainsi que courir.
She loves swimming as well as running.

Ainsi que = as well (as)

Ainsi que can mean as well (as) when an element is added to a list (like a more elegant and), and when two elements are being compared:

L'Angleterre, ainsi que la France, a combattu l'Allemagne en 1914.
England, as well as France, fought Germany in 1914. 

 

ATTENTION:

You can only use aussi bien que in French when comparing abilities, as in "I do it as well as you do", but NOT in the above cases.

Note also that you can never use aussi que.

 
A rarer occurence is when ainsi que is followed by a conjugated verb (in the Indicative) to express (just) as, as such:

Tout se passe ainsi que je l'avais prévu.
Everything is happening as (I had) planned.


Literally, it says: 'Everything is happening just as I had planned it.'

 

Ainsi que = this way... that

ATTENTION: 

Do not confuse ainsi que with expressions using ainsi (thus) followed by que (that):

C'est en travaillant ainsi que tu réussiras.
It's by working this way that you'll succeed.


-> Here it's the adverb ainsi followed by que.


C'est ainsi que ... = That's how ...

Et c'est ainsi que j'ai rencontré ta mère.
And that's how I met your mother.

C'est ainsi que se termine cette histoire.
That's how this story ends.

In this context, you can also use c'est comme ça/cela que..., but never c'est comment...

 

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Tout se passe ainsi que je l'avais prévu.
Everything is happening as (I had) planned.


J'étudie la géographie, l'histoire ainsi que le français.
I study geography, history and French as well.


C'est ainsi que se termine cette histoire.
That's how this story ends.


Dans notre ville, il y a un cinéma, un restaurant ainsi qu'une église.
In our town, there is a cinema, a restaurant and a church as well.


Et c'est ainsi que j'ai rencontré ta mère.
And that's how I met your mother.


Elle adore nager ainsi que courir.
She loves swimming as well as running.


C'est en travaillant ainsi que tu réussiras.
It's by working this way that you'll succeed.


L'Angleterre, ainsi que la France, a combattu l'Allemagne en 1914.
England, as well as France, fought Germany in 1914. 


Q&A

Scott

Kwiziq community member

4 November 2018

2 replies

A mistake in the lesson?

In the lesson it states: "A rarer occurence is when ainsi que is followed by a conjugated verb (in the Indicative) to express (just) as", however, the example uses the Imparfait:

"Tout se passe ainsi que je l'avais prévu."

There would seem to be a mismatch here ... could you please shed some light on this?

regards, Scott

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

5 November 2018

5/11/18

Hi Scott,

If I have understood your question correctly:

avais prévu is actually the pluperfect of prévoir which is one of the many tenses of the indicative mood.

If you look at the following lesson it will show you all the tenses which belong to that mood.

https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/my-languages/french/view/4761

Hope this helps!

Scott

Kwiziq community member

6 November 2018

6/11/18

Cécile,

thanks for your answer! I was confusing mood with tense ... sorry!

regards, Scott

Marnie

Kwiziq community member

26 October 2018

1 reply

Ainsi...que like this

"It's by working this way that you'll succeed." Is there any way other than "ainsi"..."que" to say "like this"?  Could one say "comme ça" or "comme ceci"?  Just curious!

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

27 October 2018

27/10/18

Hi Marnie, 

Yes , you can use 'comme ça' for 'ainsi' in the sentence you mention . It is less elegant but absolutely fine in everyday language...

David

Kwiziq community member

24 July 2018

5 replies

Ainsi que or tout comme

The quiz asked: "Les choses se sont passees ___ je l'avais prevu" Things happened just as I had planned.

I answered "tout comme". It wanted "ainsi que" but isn't "tout comme" another valid answer here? Possibly even a little more correct since "tout" conveys the additional emphasis that "just" does in English?

Chris

Kwiziq community member

24 July 2018

24/07/18

Hi David,

there are usually many possible alternatives how to answer a given question. But since each question focuses on a specific topic, the expected answer is the one that uses the grammar of the lesson under review.

Here the point is to engrain the use of "ainsi que".

-- Chris.

David

Kwiziq community member

24 July 2018

24/07/18

But the questions occur in the course of doing quizzes. One is not necessarily coming from the lesson, or may not have even seen it. Surely where the question has more than one correct answer all correct answers should be accepted. They are in many other places in Kwiziq.

It is frustrating here (and in Lingvist and Duolingo) when you have to remember what it is that the examiner wants to hear, rather than just being concerned with what is correct. At least in Duolingo they will often add the other solutions when these are brought to their attention.

But perhaps in this case there is a reason why "ainsi que" is correct and "tout comme" is not? Perhaps Aurelie, Cecile or someone else from Kwiziq will respond?

Chris

Kwiziq community member

24 July 2018

24/07/18

I understand your frustration but it would be an impossible task to include all possible correct ways to answer a question.

Think of a question in a quiz as being targeted to train you on a specific linguistic issue. And being marked "wrong" simply means that you either dodged the issue or were simply wrong.

-- Chris.

David

Kwiziq community member

24 July 2018

24/07/18

I do not think it is impossible.

When Kwiziq wants you to use one way out of many it usually offers a hint. And when there are multiple possible answers it has the multiple choice and checkbox approach. 

For written answers, possibly the software is not set up to match multiple phrases. I cannot immedately recall noticing cases of this in Kwiziq but both Duloingo and Lingvist do just that.

And part of the art of creating quizzes such as this is to ensure that there is only one correct answer.

In this example even the Explain link, which is one of the greatest features of Kwiziq, does not take you to a page that explains the use of this verb in this context. Perhaps the software needs to allow Explain to offer several lessons that relate to different aspects of the quiz question. Not that it would find one in this case since "Have faith" does not seem to be explained in any lesson so far.

David

Kwiziq community member

24 July 2018

24/07/18

Oops. My final paragraph references an example from a differeht quiz question that I am also discussing in another lesson.

Lisa

Kwiziq community member

2 April 2017

1 reply

Aussi bien que

If possible, could a French example be added for the proper use of "aussi bien que" when comparing abilities (mentioned in the notes for ainsi que lesson)? Thank you.

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

4 April 2017

4/04/17

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