French Grammar

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2 quick grammar questions

Bonjour, I'm still very new here and am only on the second lesson so sorry if theses are obvious questions. 1. I'm quite confused on silent letters in French. When are they silent? When are they not? and what letters are silent? are any of the lessons on...

2 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - September 23, 2012

Understanding Tenses

Is there a section where I can get some rules on use of tenses - J'avais, Je voudrais Je fera.... etc. Just for a point of reference really as to the contexts.

7 replies - Last post by Diana-S1 - September 22, 2012

skype or facebook

any one on facebook or skype who would like to practice with a beginner

3 replies - Last post by kun-s - September 15, 2012

questions et réponses

I have asked 3 Questions and answers. Please check whether they're correct or incorrect. If they are not correct please write the proper "Questions and answers" merci beaucoup Il connait ecrire chinois? negative answer: " non; il ne connait ...

8 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - August 3, 2012

In and on

Bonjour, I would like to know is "in" de in french? and how about on? example,i work in Nairobi in Kenya...is it ok if i say, "J'ai travaille de Nairobi ou Kenya?

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - July 13, 2012

"COD" and "En"

please check the sentences if they are right? i use "COD" and "En" negative and positive sentences. merci beaucoup COD 1) nous mangeons les pommes. nous les mangeons. nous ne les mangeons pas. ............................................... 2) ...

0 replies - Last post by Rose--8 - July 13, 2012

Avoir and Etre

Conjugation?

2 replies - Last post by Moses-F - May 28, 2012

grammer

IN 2.4 WHY WAS IT EN CE MOMENT AND NOT A CE MOMENT

10 replies - Last post by Liton-C - April 8, 2012

Lesson 11.3

Lesson 11.3 This is what is written Eric: Et bien. J'étais garé en ville, près de la rue Molière. J'ai mis de l'argent dans le parcmètre et quand je suis retourné, des agents de circulation étaient en train de me mettre une contravention et la fourri...

0 replies - Last post by Sheila-H - April 1, 2012

AUX POMMES

WHY SHOULD IT BE 'UNE TARTE AUX POMMES' (WHY AUX) AND NOT 'DES' ?

2 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - March 16, 2012

s & x

hi friends there is a little problem with S and X 1-i read that S is used just for making words plural is there any other use of it? 2-and i seen X some where that have been used at the end of some words , do you know when we use it? Merci beaucoup

1 reply - Last post by Liton-C - March 11, 2012

nos-notre/vos- votre

hi there i'm a new one in this site and i have big problem with (nos - notre) &(vos - votre) can you explaine them for me that when we use them?

3 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - March 2, 2012

Je viens de...

Bonjour, Est-ce qu'on dit "Je viens de Canada" ou "Je viens du Canada". Egalement, Je viens de la France/de France? Encore plus, "au sud de la France" ou "au sud de France"? Merci par avance! Mira K.

4 replies - Last post by fozo-1 - January 31, 2012

Avoir and Etre

Conjugation?

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - January 30, 2012

l'une & une

Hi I am Shirley, would like to know the difference between, l'une des and une des, it was extractd from "Le francaise est l'une de six langues offcielles". Thanks Shirley

6 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - January 30, 2012

Introducing your wife to someone.

Bonsoir. Is the following how I would introduce my wife Catherine to someone: "Je vous presente mon femme Catherine." I would like to make sure the grammar is correct. Any help on this would be appreciated. Merci.

4 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - January 30, 2012

Pronouns

I have always had a hard time with pronouns. Would you say, for example, that 'Est-ce qu'on offre du porc aux vegetariens?' would be 'Je ne les offre pas a eux'? or 'Estes-vous celibataire?' would it be 'Non, je ne l'ai pas'? or 'Pensez-vous passer les v...

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - January 30, 2012

A little bit of French | I speak a little French

Bonjour, Je m'appelle Rick. Je viens des New York. When I meet a French-speaking person, after an appropriate introduction of course I wish to tell them right off that I only know a limited amount of French. Is the correct way to say this as follows?: "Je...

13 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - January 30, 2012

Avoir and Etre

Conjugation?

0 replies - Last post by Annie-H - January 4, 2012

Avoir and Etre

Conjugation?

0 replies - Last post by Annie-H - January 4, 2012

test question

Je suis un peu confus. One of the questions that I missed on one of the early tests was: What is the French word for "little"? One of the choices was "peu" and another was "petit" I choose "little" which was marked ...

6 replies - Last post by neda-t - January 3, 2012

Verbs

Which lessons cover verb endings for the present, past and future tenses? How can I skip to earlier lessons quickly? Jake

3 replies - Last post by Sami-Zaki - December 9, 2011

Referring to him when the subject is a woman

I have started reading French news by copying and pasting on the I translate app and have noticed that where the article is talking about a woman, the translation says 'him' where I think it should say 'her' etc, is this to do with the app or is there a r...

1 reply - Last post by 2679 - November 8, 2011

When to use bonjour or salut

When should I use salut or bonjour? I am not sure if one is less formal or should be used with people you know well?

4 replies - Last post by Mounir-C - August 4, 2011

Masculine/Feminine

I (surprisingly) remember a lot of verbs, tenses etc from school French decades ago. I never did get or understand the masculine/feminine though. ie le table or la table. Is there somewhere I can find instructions on this and how important is getting it r...

2 replies - Last post by Pascal-P - July 6, 2011

Quiz 4.2.1

Hi, I have just done this quiz and the answer for one of the questions was "Mettre le table". I thought table was feminine so it should be la table, but does the word in front affect it. Any help appreciated please.

2 replies - Last post by Dinesh-G - June 15, 2011

Informal negation question

Bonjour Tout le monde I have just been going through lesson 13.8 and I am understanding it but one of the negations slightly confused me. It's this one here: Il y a plus de lait dans le frigo. There is no more milk in the fridge. I see you have gott...

1 reply - Last post by Rocket-Languages - May 20, 2011

french

I ma really interested in aa the languuanges and I will like to speak half of the languanges in the future

2 replies - Last post by Pascal-P - May 6, 2011

m'aider

Lesson 1.8 Culture I don't understand why in, ''Excusez-moi, pouvez-vous m’aider s’il vous plaît? Excuse me, can you please help me?''. why,in m'aider, is the verb aider still in it's neutral form.

9 replies - Last post by Sami-Zaki - May 5, 2011

De bouteilles?

Why does Claire say "D'ordinaire nous ne vendons pas de bouteilles non ouvertes" Shouldn't it be "des"?

5 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - February 21, 2011

lesson 7.5

Hi,. in lesson 7.5 ça fait longtemps qu'on ne s'est vu is that right or we should say ça fait longtemps qu'on ne s'a pas vu is it verb etre or avoir thank you.....

1 reply - Last post by Pascal-P - January 30, 2011

Plus vs Plus

I've noticed in the lessons there is a distinction made between "plus" (pronounced pluh) and "plus" (pronounced plusse). I saw the following distinction for one example on another website, but still not sure all bases are covered: Je ne t'aime plus = I d...

4 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - December 8, 2010

Decimals

In the lessons we are taught about the decimal point being "virgule", e.g. Two point five = deux virgule cinq. However, my understanding is that virgule is actually a comma, and the reason it is used like this is that French standard notation is to use a ...

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - November 9, 2010

Une douzaine

From lesson 1.10, Une douzaine de films = About 12 films. So how would we say "A dozen films?"

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - November 5, 2010

is it?- je veux aller maison or.......

Is it =Je veux aller maison or Je veux aller la maison? Also what does the "a" mean in= "machine a laver"

3 replies - Last post by Allan-M - November 2, 2010

Approximation

I see from lesson 1.10 that "plus ou moins" is a good approximation language tool. However I've also heard something similar to "un peu prés". Is this correct? Are there others?

0 replies - Last post by Allan-M - November 2, 2010

du dejeuner & de dormir

Hi,, May I ask about "du dejeuner" & de dormir...I know du here means de le so it becomes du....but why we did not say du dormir too... that was in lesson 1.11 "c'est l'heure du dejeuner" & c'est l'heure de dormir thank you...

6 replies - Last post by Allan-M - November 2, 2010

Translation of " It's not here"

In lesson 10.3, the second sentence goes, " C'est pa ici, ca." I understand that the "ne" is often dropped, but why use "ca" at the end of the sentence? A suggestion for this lesson would be to have Lauren answer that ques...

3 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - November 2, 2010

vous apportez

I just finished going through lesson 1.4, Avoir Soif, and I am confused about the formal version of "I'll bring it to you." In both the audio lesson and written in the extra vocabulary section, this phrase is translated to "Je vous apporte ca." But my d...

5 replies - Last post by Allan-M - November 1, 2010

verbs

I there anywhere in the course I can view verbs in a list so I can make sense of the endings, I', finding it hard just to memorise phrases without understanding.

5 replies - Last post by Allan-M - November 1, 2010

TU AS or IL Y A

et en plus tu as une ambiance formidable avec la danse et la musique. This phrase in your course is translated as "and plus there is a........ I thought "there is or there are" was translated as il y a not tu as.

1 reply - Last post by Allan-M - November 1, 2010

S'il Vous Plait

Oliver B – October 25, 2010, 2:17 pm Hi, I was just wondering what the abbreviated 'S' in S’il vous plait and S’il te plait stands for - is it 'Se' or 'Si' perhaps? Thanks Oliver.

1 reply - Last post by Allan-M - November 1, 2010

Essay writing

in college we have been asked to write passage on our family(Le famille). I don't know french words for different members of the family. Also could you tell me some useful words which i could also include in the passage. Merci beaucoup

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - October 19, 2010

Dans une Boutique de Souvenirs

Hi, I was wondering why it is not des souvenirs ?? thank you

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - September 14, 2010

En

J'ai une grande valise noire et une petite valise verte. Mais j'en ai besoin d'une autre. Why do we need 'en' in there?

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - September 14, 2010

1.5: liaison?

Hi, In lesson 1.5, when Claire says this sentence "Toutes les chambres ont une salle de bain privée.", she links "ont" with "une", and not "chambres' with "ont". How do we know what to link when we're saying a...

3 replies - Last post by Scorpio - September 12, 2010

struggling with grammar!

Hi, I am on my first section of grammar, 1.6 to 1.8 and was so doing very well till I started this section and now I am feeling very low, I am just not getting and of the grammar stuff at all, I cant seem to get any of it to sink in, can anyone help me as...

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - August 30, 2010

TU AS or IL Y A

et en plus tu as une ambiance formidable avec la danse et la musique. This phrase in your course is translated as "and plus there is a........ I thought "there is or there are" was translated as il y a not tu as.

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - July 16, 2010

grammar trouble

why is "I will sing" be "je chantera" Shouldn't it be "je chanterai" :?: In the book i have, the future tense for the i form is chanterai. Chantera is the he/she form.

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - June 16, 2010

grammer

IN 2.4 WHY WAS IT EN CE MOMENT AND NOT A CE MOMENT

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - June 16, 2010

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