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"Je cherche mon chien."

Translation:I am looking for my dog.

January 2, 2013



Why would they not say "Je cherche pour mon chien" ????


In english there are modal verbs, in french there aren't, they use an entire new verb. Look = Regarder, Look For = Chercher, Look Into = Examiner, ...


This has nothing to do with modal verbs but with verbs' constructions: with or without a preposition to introduce the object.

  • chercher quelque chose/quelqu'un (directly transitive = no preposition) = to look for, to search for (indirectly transitive = with a preposition).


I find this mon and ma business very confusing. When do i use mon and when to use ma?


'Mon' is masculine and 'Ma' is feminine. In this case - 'chien' is a male dog and 'chienne' is a female dog. So the words for 'my' change accordingly to be 'mon chien' and 'ma chienne'


So how would I say "I am searching my dog (for contraband, for example)"?


Je fouille mon chien.


Pourquoi pas utiliser "Je recherche mon chien"?


The police would "rechercher" an outlaw, you would not "rechercher" your dog.


Can't chercher also mean "to fetch"? I wrote "I am fetching my dog", but no.

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That would call for an expression like "je vais chercher mon chien" where "aller" + "chercher" are interpreted together to mean "fetch", "get", "pick up". Je vais chercher mon fils après d'école = I am picking up my son after school. http://www.wordreference.com/fren/aller%20chercher


Why 'search' is considered as wrong?


cherche= searching for/looking for


"I seek my dog" is accepted. (2015-07-29) "Seek" is the simplest translation for "chercher".

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But it is not natural (idiomatic) English. It is accepted but not the "best" translation.


Mes is the plural of mon?


@Saptarshi. Yes. Mes, pronounced "May", is the plural of both Mon (Possessive for a masculine noun) and Ma (Possessive for a feminine noun)


Is 'Ma' used for feminine articles, and 'Mon' for masculine?


Usually, Kelly, however when the Feminine noun that the possessive relates to begins with a vowel sound the possessive defaults to the masculine Mon as in My Water is not Ma Eau not M'eau but defaulted to Mon Eau.. In this lesson's task the dog if its gender is male, or not known it's Mon chien but if we definitely know that it is a female dog (a ❤❤❤❤❤) it is Ma chienne.


Why do we use "mon"?


Hi Amarmswj. These are possessives. Mon=My preceding a masculine noun. Ma=My preceding a feminine noun. Mes=My preceding a plural noun. Votre=Your preceding masc/fem noun when speaking to some one rather formally. Vos=Your preceding a plural noun when speaking to a group rather formally. Ton=Your preceding a masculine noun when speaking to someone dear to you or a child. Ta=Your preceding a feminine noun when speaking to someone dear to you or a child. Tes=Your preceding a plural noun when speaking to someone dear to you or a child. Notre=Our preceding a singular masc/fem noun and Nos=Our preceding a plural noun. Phew! My brain hurts, how's yours? :) JJ.


Is there any particular system as to whether there's an s on the end of a verb when conjugating for je, tu and il/elle? It doesn't seem to be consistent, like it's je cherche but j'attends.


Absolutely awful pronunciation of "chien"!!!

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