French Grammar

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how to put circonflex on letters in the keyboard

Come on I asked this question 3 days ago. How do you use the keyboard in the bottom right corner to put a circonflex on an e or an o? Pretty basic, I would have thought.  And pretty important so please answer ASAP

1 reply - Last post by toru e - May 19, 2019

Lesson on getting a parking fine

Hi Why is 'giving me a parking fine' translated as 'me mettre une contravention' rather than 'me donner une contravention'

3 replies - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - May 13, 2019

Question regarding Module 9 Certification Quiz - response could be two of the listed items

Module 9 Certification Quiz - "Nous étions jeune" could be translated to either "We were young" or "we used to be young". I selected "We used to be young" but was marked incorrectly because test was looking for "We were young". How can we determine which ...

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - April 8, 2019

Unusual use of "ne" in a phrase

I recently started 15.5 and there is a phrase "Dites-lui au revoir avant qu’il ne parte." which translates to "Tell him goodbye before he leaves." I assume the "il parte" is subjunctive, but why is the "ne" present - is it just a common type of phrase?

3 replies - Last post by Peter--252 - March 30, 2019

The Perfect Tense

This is really a suggestion and not a question but I think it would be helpful.  In Lesson 3.6 - Talking about the Past: Passé Composé, it would help general understanding if the lesson somewhere stated that to form the past participle of regular verbs, y...

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - March 14, 2019

future tense

from Lesson 13.8: Mon responsable essayera de faire de son mieux. We have been taught that the irregular future root of to try is "essaie." In Lesson 13.8 I see "essayera" (above). Is it a choice, or a mistake?

1 reply - Last post by Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor - March 14, 2019

Why is is it' l'on' in the question below

Hi In the question Avez vous un numero de telefon ou l'on peut vous joindre - is the l in front of on a prounoun?  Why is it there? Why is it not ou on peut joindre? Thank you for any help! Karen

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - March 5, 2019

Des fleurs or de fleurs?

Can someone explain to me why it's: Y a-t-il DES fleurs dans votre jardin? but Il n'y a pas DE fleurs dans mon jardin Thanks! :)

2 replies - Last post by CynthiaP11 - February 12, 2019

Unable to find lessons on conditional present/past and plus-que-parfait

I have looked through all the lessons (level 1/2/3) and am unable to find the lessons where conditional is covered for present and past and there doesn't seem to be any lessons on plus-que-parfait (pluparfait). The only lesson I found was 19.6, which actu...

2 replies - Last post by Jefluz - January 2, 2019

Que est-ce c'est le '(e)'á le fin de 'désolé'? or what does the (e) at the end of désolé and fatiqué mean?

Why is there (e) at the end of the words désolé and fatigué in the early lessons? For example 'désolé(e)'and 'fatigué'. Any help gratefully recieved, merci et à bientôt.

2 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - October 26, 2018

Use of est-ce que

Hi , So i am wondering if anybody can explain this for me - a complete beginner. I am in Level 1 Module 3 .    So translating from English to French the answers I have been given are  1) Which wine do you prefer? = Quel vin est-ce que vous preferez? 2)...

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - October 26, 2018

future tense

Isn't this a mistake in Lesson 13.8?  Mon responsable essayera de faire de son mieux. Shouldn't it be "essaiera"?

3 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - October 26, 2018

All about Adverbs Lesson 21.8

There are discrepancies in this lesson, in particular the spelling of poliment (shown both with and without an e after the i), and  enormement and precisement (shown both with and without second e accented). This is sloppy and although i have raised it w...

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - October 26, 2018

Imperfect vs passe compose lesson 17,1

The lesson includes the following lines:  "Vous avez vu comme Isabelle etait surprise en arrivant.  Elle n'etait vraiment au courant de rien.  Oui, c'etait une bonne idee de lui reserver la surprise." "le grand jour est arrive et la surprise etait totale...

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - October 26, 2018

What's the difference between Parle and Parlez?

I know parle is pronounced (parl) and Parlez (parle). I heard parle is used for one person and parlez is used for multiple. When you're saying "est-ce que vous parlez francais?" what if you're only talking to one person?

1 reply - Last post by alexmoreno - September 17, 2018

Moi and moins

Is "moi" (me) pronounced the same as "moins" (less) or is there a subtle difference in the way these two words are pronounced? Thanks! Jordana

2 replies - Last post by Jordana16 - August 11, 2018

Hit a roadblock!

I am 60 years old and have tried to learn French several times over the past few years.  I had high hopes for Rocket French until I hit a roadblock near the middle/end of lesson one with definite, plural, indefinite articles, etc. I find the explanations ...

3 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - August 10, 2018

VERSATILE WORD DE...

Hello, I was wondering that the versatile word before le jeu de l'invité  , should be d'. because the word invité  if I am correct in French is masculine. Can you explain me the fact that in general invité-guest, which generally in my first point of view ...

0 replies - Last post by Andi111 - July 14, 2018

PDF download

Hi, How can I download all the pdf of all the 3 levels? Thanks, Shreyans

3 replies - Last post by shreyans-- - June 1, 2018

French: help with adjectives ending in "ible" & "able"

Please can you point me in the direction of any rules that will help me to know which endings to use. Thanks

0 replies - Last post by shawcath00 - November 21, 2017

conjugation eter verbs

A quiz question asked, 'What are the two conjugations of "you buy" (using vous singular and vous plural). Answer choices include: 1)Tu achetes (with an accent grave over the first e), vous achetez and 2)tu achettes, vous achetez. The correct answer is 1 b...

0 replies - Last post by writer22 - November 13, 2017

Why deosn't the word "Internet" (in French) have an article?

I'm just up to lesson 9.1 in which one sentence is: "Regarde sur Internet". Why not "Regarde sur l'Internet"?  I had assumed all French nouns need an article. Is it because it's a 'borrowed' word, or a proper noun perhaps (I noticed it's capitalised)?  Bu...

4 replies - Last post by agwarner - October 29, 2017

Pour or de

I haven't been able to distinguish when to say "pour" or "de" for the English "for." I am only at level 1, however. Thank you.

1 reply - Last post by toru e - September 24, 2017

grammar

Lesson 5.1 Nous ne vendons pas de bouteilles .... Why isn't it DES bouteilles (to match the plural)?

2 replies - Last post by JanG - September 21, 2017

Manger

Is there an less informal way of asking this question? Q'uest ce que tu aimes manger? Aimes-tu manger?

8 replies - Last post by Pascal-B - July 20, 2017

Why present tense?

The last line in the conversation in lesson 2.3 is Malheureusement vous arrivez trop tard ! (Unfortunately, you've arrived too late!) That's present tense. Why? I would expect it to be in passé composé or in some form of preterite.

3 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - July 16, 2017

Having trouble with "r" in words

I have been having trouble pronouncing the "r" in words. It could be because I live in an area which is known for dropping the "r", but it is making me frustrated. Do you have any advice to help me?

3 replies - Last post by lesieur200 - March 22, 2017

"nous avons de..." or "nous avons des..."

I'm working on unit 5.2 and came across these two sentences: (1) Nous avons de charmants tableaux par ici. (We have some charming pictures over here.) (2) Est-ce que vous avez des pantoufles ? (Do you have any slippers?) Both refer to something in the pl...

2 replies - Last post by Peter--252 - March 17, 2017

Help with toujours, encore, déjà and jamais

Hi -- I understand the regular sense of these adverbs well enough, but there are so many exceptions to the regular sense, exceptions that don't make sense in English.  Also, when the concepts of time continuing or interrupted or never occurring or never ...

1 reply - Last post by toru e - February 26, 2017

Tests not working (no feedback)

Tests in lessons 4.1 and 4.6 of Japanese Level 1 are not working. The audio files play normally and I can record my answers, but there is no feedback. If I click on the "Reveal" button to move forward, the page disappears (does not reload the same page) a...

4 replies - Last post by jason-oxenham-ceo - February 9, 2017

C'est l'heure de or du

This is just a minor point which I'd appreciate a clarificiation: Just going through unit 2.6 which gives two examples of "c'est l'heure...": C'est l'heure du déjeuner !        =     It's lunch time! C'est l'heure de dormir.             =      It's time t...

2 replies - Last post by Meages - December 31, 2016

Moving up a level

How do I get from French level 1 to french level 2 or level 3? (level 1 is too easy)

5 replies - Last post by jason-oxenham-ceo - December 4, 2016

20.2 French Etiquette, questions for the usage of le/en/on

Bonjour tout le monde, j'ai queleques questions. I'm extremely confused in lesson 20.2 with "le / en" and the usage of "on". I've tried to put all the pronouns back. Please check it for me. Et voici-moi quelques conseils.  à ce qu'on dit? (so they say?) ...

6 replies - Last post by Sue--114 - October 26, 2016

passe compose

The lesson didn't mention when to use the auxilliary verb ete or avoir for passe compose

1 reply - Last post by Diana-S1 - September 30, 2016

passe compose

The lesson didn't mention when to use the auxilliary verb ete or avoir for passe compose

0 replies - Last post by lawchewing - September 30, 2016

Looking for lessons to distinguish plain verbs from verb with prepositions

I need more practice in learning the difference between plain verbs and the same verb that changes meanings when a preposition plus infinitive or only infinitive is added. Some examples: parvenir vs. parvenir à compter vs. compter plus infinitive (i.e. ...

2 replies - Last post by dalemcmillen - September 19, 2016

French level2 lesson 9.1 -- why " Je n'ai pas encore acheté de billet " instead of " le billet " ?

In French Level 2 lesson 9.1 Au concert『Non, en fait je voudrais mais je n'ai pas encore acheté de billet.』 In this sentence, why not le billet   but de billet.   ?

1 reply - Last post by toru e - September 14, 2016

Pouvoir Expressed in English

Pouvoir is translated to can, or to be able to in English. In Lesson 10.6, is the example Tu peux me tutoyer ! in which the translation is given as You can say « tu » to me!  The English translation is grammatically incorrect; it should read You may say ...

2 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - August 23, 2016

French Grammar

The this and that , these and those with gender are hard to pronounce and remember.  I wonder is there any tips to familiarise them Gary

0 replies - Last post by lawchewing - August 13, 2016

french grammer

The this and that, cellui are hard to pronounce and remember

0 replies - Last post by lawchewing - August 13, 2016

Paul ask: Oui, mais pouvez-vous parler un peu plus lentement ?

In this sentence:  Oui, mais pouvez-vous parler un peu plus lentement ?   Why is "parler" written in Infinitive and not in 1. person plural

1 reply - Last post by toru e - July 10, 2016

Le, La and Lui

Bonjour, My name is Tricia, as I went through Lesson 1.4 Are you thirsty, I got it that " Je t'apporte ça" means " I bring it to you" ; and from Lesson 1.3 Learning French, " Est-ce que vous le/la comprenez" mean " do you understand him/her ". I asked m...

2 replies - Last post by tricquynh - July 7, 2016

Pas des ou Pas de?

Hi everyone, I don't understand why "de" is used instead of "des" in this phrase although "livres" is plural: "Il n'y a pas de livres dans le sac" Does this means that only "pas de" is valid for whatever types of noun comes after it and "pas des" is al...

2 replies - Last post by thachphamvu - June 5, 2016

Idiomatic and Non-idiomatic Pronominal Verbs

Lesson 10.5 presents pronominal verbs, and at the end of the lesson are idiomatic and non-idiomatic pronominal verbs.  Two examples are included. First example:  Idiomatic:  Je demande à Céline son adresse . . . . . Non-idiomatic:  Nous nous demandons o...

3 replies - Last post by toru e - June 1, 2016

Capital letter after comma

Is the usage of a capital letter after a comma standard in French? As in: 'Oui, Je parle français'. I've had a quick search online but couldn't find any reference to it. Is it specific to being after oui or non?

4 replies - Last post by jason-oxenham-ceo - May 10, 2016

Et pour ce qui est du dîner ?

Can someone help me understand the grammar behind this sentence?   "Et pour ce qui est du dîner ?"  In the lesson, the English translation is "and with regards to dinner?"  - -but I can't get my head around this.   It looks like, "and for what is some din...

3 replies - Last post by Jake1 - May 3, 2016

Ne se soit pas

My example in the lesson today is: "Nous sommes desoles que la soiree ne se soit pas bien passe" I can see that the subjunctive turns etre into SOIT here.... but why the "se" before the soit? I understand when people are doing things together, "se" can ...

3 replies - Last post by Jake1 - May 3, 2016

Subjunctive

The example I have today is: "Je suis triste que nous n'ayons pas pu venir" and I'm wondering how or why "avoir" comes into it.   The translation is: " I'm sad that we couldn't come" - but the subjunctive for "pouvoir" is "nous puissions" so can it b...

3 replies - Last post by Jake1 - May 3, 2016

Ne pas devoir

Can anyone tell me why this example in my lesson is: "Nous acheterons assez a manger pour ne pas devoir aller au restaurant" when my logic tells me I want to put it this way: "Nous acheterons assez a manger pour ne devrons pas aller au restaurant" And...

2 replies - Last post by Jake1 - May 3, 2016

l'on se connaisse

One of the examples in my lesson today is focusing on the subjonctif. The example is: "Il est important que l'on se connaisse mieux" So why is the L in front of the "on"?  Usually le or la represents another subject or another person, something being r...

2 replies - Last post by booksoutloudhfx - April 10, 2016

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