Awkward French verbs

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Re: Awkward French verbs

Post by Dilly » Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:51 am

French tends to prefer other structures to the passive voice:
he was attacked: il a été attaqué -> on l'a attaqué -> il s'est fait attaquer
he was offered a new job: il a été offert un nouveau poste (eek! not possible in French) -> on lui a offert un nouveau poste -> il s'est vu offrir un nouveau poste

English has its ambiguities too: He had his car stolen...

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Re: Awkward French verbs

Post by Spardo » Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:58 am

Veem wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:20 pm
What on earth does that mean ?

I don't know. ............yes, really, 'I don't know'. :lol:

Sorry, I missed a page, already explained. :roll: :oops:

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Re: Awkward French verbs

Post by Noisette » Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:16 am

FrenchForumSurvivor wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:24 pm
curtis wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 5:01 pm
Discussing for example a chicken. Don't forget to use faire sauter and not just sauter :D
But why would you want to blow up a chicken?
Stuff happens :D
Be alert.....your country needs lerts!

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Re: Awkward French verbs

Post by Le Démerdeur » Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:19 am

Offrir and offert deserve a thread of their own!

I propose to you a gift......

it belongs to me because he offered it to me......

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Re: Awkward French verbs

Post by FrenchForumSurvivor » Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:24 am

Is this what you meant, Noisette?
Or was it the story that went with it? ... _kapparot/
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