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Re: French

From:nicole perrin <nicole.perrin@...>
Date:Thursday, October 28, 1999, 21:42
Grandsire, C.A. wrote:
> > nicole perrin wrote: > > > > I would say > > > > Votre langue devait jtre ici > > Your language should be here > > > > Actually, "your language should be here" is more like "votre langue > devrait e^tre ici" with a conditional present. 'devait' is the > imparfait, which has only a past meaning (past imperfect to be precise).
Yes, I meant conditional present, yes yes, I'm sorry my fault. I used the wrong stems for both of them. Ahh, my French teacher must have truly taught me well...(And I always thought I knew verbs pretty well)
> > > or > > > > Votre langue pouvait jtre ici > > Your language could be here > > > > Then again, it's "votre langue pourrait e^tre ici", but it doesn't feel > right for me (I mean, as a translation for "your language goes here").
See above. <looks embarrassed>
> > > <looks to native French-speakers for approval>Come on guys, I know > > there's more than one of you out there, why aren't you helping us > > beginners out here? > > > > I do, I do! Give us some time! Remember the jet lag! :) Mathias, help > me! They're getting out of control! :) > > > And by the way, I never learned that the subjunctive was only used in > > the written language. They make us practice all the time, things like, > > "Je veux que tu m'attendes", or is that wrong/not done? > > > > It is good, and can be used in spoken French. But in this particular > case, the sentence seems a little bit rude to me. I would simply use the > imperative: "attends-moi ici", with "s'il te plai^t" if I want to be > more polite, or even a rhetoric question: "est-ce que tu peux m'attendre > ici?" if I want to be very polite. Strange thing this fact that the > imperative sounds more polite than the indirect order. Does it happen in > other nat/conlangs?
I didn't even think about the meaning of that sentence, I just wanted to choose an -re verb so the difference between present subjunctive and present indicative would show, but yeah that is sorta rude. <snip> Nicole