Tuesday, January 31, 2017

PORTER, APPORTER, EMPORTER






Learners of French often use these verbs interchangeably. They all have to do with transporting something to a different location. Unfortunately, they don't have the same meaning, so let's see what they mean and in what context they are used. 


1. PORTER (to carry something or someone from one place to another)

J'ai porté un colis à la poste. 
(I carried a package to the post office.)

Le père porte son bébé sur le dos.
(The father is carrying his baby on his back.)


2. APPORTER (to bring something to a place of arrival - only used with things, never for people)

Ils ont apporté les fleurs pour l'hôtesse.
(They brought flowers for the hostess.)

Tu nous a apporté de bonnes nouvelles.
(You brought us good news.)


3. EMPORTER (to take with you from a place of departure - only used with things, never with people)

J'ai emporté des sandwichs à l'excursion.
(I took sandwiches with me on the trip.)

On a emporté les euros quand on est partis pour France.
(We took Euros when we left for France.)




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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

TU or T'? (Informal YOU)





TU (informal you) is a subject pronoun that is placed at the beginning of a sentence.

In spoken language (in a relaxed setting when you speak to your family or friends), TU is shortened to T' before a verb that starts with a vowel. That also triggers the change in pronunciation – [ty] becomes [t].


Compare: 

Standard French:

Tu attends souvent le bus ici ?
(Do you often wait for the bus here?)

Tu as vu mes clés ? 
(Did you see my keys?)

Tu es sorti hier soir ? 
(Did you go out last night?)

Informal, colloquial French:

T'attends souvent le bus ici ?
(Do you often wait for the bus here?)

T'as vu mes clés ? 
(Did you see my keys?)

T'es sorti hier soir ?
(Did you go out last night?)




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Thursday, January 5, 2017

TOUS



When do you pronounce the final "s" of the word "tous"?

When a noun follows, the "s" is silent.
When there is no noun after it, the final "s" is pronounced.

Listen to the following examples:



1.
Tous mes amis étaient là.
Tous était là.

2.
Tous mes cousins sont arrivés.
Ils sont tous arrivés.

3.
Tous mes oeufs se sont cassés.
Tous ? Oui, tous.



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