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I have problem with the usage of these three french verbs, Manquer, Plaisir and Propre...any help?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/michikade

Manquer is the infinitive form for "to miss" or "to lack". The most common phrase I can think of off the top of my head is "I miss you," or "tu me manques" (literally: you are missing/lacking to me)

Plaisir is the infinitive form for "to please". The most common phrase I can think of is simply "please," or "s'il vous plaît" (literally: if it is pleasing to you).

Propre means "clean" or "proper", and is an adjective so far as I'm aware.

2 years ago

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Plaisir is a common noun (le plaisir); the verb form is plaire (to please) ex. plaire à quelqu'un (to please someone)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/michikade

You're right. This is what I get for answering questions about a tongue I'm learning at 4am. Haha.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nanaekow77

Thanks a lot........my confusion for ''propre'' is that sometimes it comes before a noun and at other times after a noun setting up entirely two different meanings.....I am trying to think of an example but it's hard. my french is limited.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SquirrelFriendJ

Please put this in the French tab, thank you!

2 years ago

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As SquirrelFriendJ mentioned, you will probably get more (and more helpful) answers if you post this in the "French for English speakers" forum.

I find manquer easier to understand if I think of it as "to be lacking", "to be absent from", or "to be missing from".

In French, I don't miss you, but you are missing from me. You are lacking/absent. The thing that is absent is the thing doing the action.

2 years ago

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Here's a great page on "manquer" and all its uses: http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/manquer.htm

Plaisir is a noun, as saudabia mentioned, and propre is an adjective, as michikade mentioned. "Propre" means "clean" or "proper" when it follows a noun, or "[one's] own" when it precedes:

  • Ma voiture est propre. 'My car is clean.'
  • Je voulais conduire ma propre voiture. 'I wanted to drive my own car.'
2 years ago
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