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zmike



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2005 9:34 pm    Post subject: imparfait Reply with quote

How do u use imparfait and when do u use it is their a difference between imparfait and passee compose?

What are interrogatives?

Does anyone have any suggestions for improving french pronoucation? and how do you learn to pronounce a word accurately?

In french when you are speaking, what do teachers mean by, making your speech flow nicely, and ideas are detailied expanded? and how do you do these things?

Last question, How do you know when to use Quand, or Comment, or Quel, or Quelle?

Thanks for your replies, merci Smile
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Julien



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2005 10:40 pm    Post subject: Re: imparfait Reply with quote

That's a lot of questions Razz

zmike wrote:
How do u use imparfait and when do u use it is their a difference between imparfait and passee compose?


Believe it or not but it's hard to answer as a French native speaker: We don't really think but we talk, you know what I mean? We are not like er what's the rule again? Laughing

Passé composé is what you will use in most cases. Sorry I can't really help here. Give me a sentence and I'll tell you what you should use right away, but I don't know the formal rule Embarassed

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What are interrogatives?


Never heard of "interrogatives". Do you mean "pronom interrogatif"?

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Does anyone have any suggestions for improving french pronoucation? and how do you learn to pronounce a word accurately?


A teacher, or a good soft. I think some of them can compare your pronunciation with a standard. Pronunciation is hard and you definitely need an example.

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In french when you are speaking, what do teachers mean by, making your speech flow nicely, and ideas are detailied expanded? and how do you do these things?


I don't understand the question

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Last question, How do you know when to use Quand, or Comment, or Quel, or Quelle?


Quand --> When
Comment --> How
Quel --> What

The translation may differ sometimes but it will work most of the time

I realize this post is of no use for you Confused Embarassed
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Nicholas Swift



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2005 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My problem is the opposite of Julien's: I know very little French, and probably can't help with translations, but I know something about grammar from learning other languages.

zmike wrote:
How do u use imparfait and when do u use it is their a difference between imparfait and passee compose?


The imparfait is the same as the Imperfect tense in English, and the passé composé is the same as the Perfect Indicative in English. They both refer to past time, but they have differences in "aspect".

The Imperfect tense is said to have imperfective aspect, which means that it denotes a continuous action in the past, like j'allais I was going; sometimes it is described as a motion-picture.

The Perfect tense is said to have perfective aspect, which means that is shows an action as a whole, like j'ai donné I have given; sometimes it is described as a snapshot. The Perfect tense can show an action as complete, but with reference to the present: nous avons atteint tous deux l'âge de vingt ans we have both reached the age of twenty.


I hope this was helpful,

--Nicholas
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zmike



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 1:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all of your adivice but I still need alot of help with pronoucation in french, do any of you have any advice one this?
and what is the difference between Quel, Quels, Quelle, and Quelles. Thanks again.
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zmike



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 1:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

By the way... I found out that Interrogatives is the usage of the words below to form a sentence.

qui (who)
que (what)
pourquoi (why)
comment (how)
quand (when)
où (where)
combien (how many, how much)

But what I don't know is how to use them with passe compose
For Example: ______ travailles-tu a Logical-Soft? Depuis deux ans. Confused
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is a good site that gives you the souds of pronouciation:

www.languageguide.org

Regarding to your question, you should say:

"Depuis quand travailles-tu à Logical-Soft?
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Julien



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

zmike wrote:
Thanks for all of your adivice but I still need alot of help with pronoucation in french, do any of you have any advice one this?
and what is the difference between Quel, Quels, Quelle, and Quelles. Thanks again.


They all mean "What" or "Which"

Then, you will use quel or quelle depending on the gender of the name following "quel", eg:

Quelle heure est-il? What time is it?
"heure" is feminine Arrow quelle heure...

Quel livre as-tu acheté? Which book did you buy?
livre is masculine Arrow quel

You add a 's' if the noun is plural
Quels livres as-tu acheté?
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zmike



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2005 12:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, that was really helpful, but one last thing do any of u know a good french book, cassette, or CD, that I can buy or get from the library. Very Happy
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zmike



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2005 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How do u know if a word (all of them adjectives, nouns) is masculine or feminine? Thanks, I am sorry for so many questions. Confused
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Julien



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2005 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

zmike wrote:
How do u know if a word (all of them adjectives, nouns) is masculine or feminine? Thanks, I am sorry for so many questions. Confused


There is no magic rule: You have to learn each gender!


That was the bad news of the day Wink
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zmike



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2005 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for all ur help. if u have any questions about english, just ask me, english is one subject which I don't have to worry about. Very Happy
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Eline



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2005 12:27 am    Post subject: thanks Reply with quote

zmike thank you for asking so many questions and ofcours dear Julien and others for answering those questions , because many of them answered mine, and more things understandeble now to me .

my kisses to all of you !
a bientot.
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zmike



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 4:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

comment est le temps dans votre pays? Very Happy

Correct me if am wrong.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2005 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Julien wrote:
zmike wrote:
How do u know if a word (all of them adjectives, nouns) is masculine or feminine? Thanks, I am sorry for so many questions. :?


There is no magic rule: You have to learn each gender!:


Not absolutely always! There are some clues.

For example, nouns ending in -ette are feminine, there is only one
exception that I know of, le squelette.

-ière and -erie are other feminine endings. It is very probable that
nouns ending -age are masculine as are those ending -ment.

This may help a little.

Regards
Cheemag.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2005 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

zmike wrote:
comment est le temps dans votre pays? Very Happy

Correct me if am wrong.

quel temps fait-il dans votre pays? Wink
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