"Papa est en haut."

Translation:Dad is upstairs.

January 19, 2013

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Fais dodo, Colas mon p'tit frère

Fais dodo, t'auras du lolo

Maman est en haut

Qui fait des gâteaux

Papa est en bas

Qui fait du nougat

Fait dodo Colas mon p'tit frère

Fait dodo, t'auras du lolo.

(montelimar remix)


and very innocent in comparison ;)

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Shouldn't "est" have a liaison here?


Yes because successive AY-EN-AU sounds are simply horrible!


So it should be something like ET-EN-AU? or ET-EN-HAU?


Downstairs is "en bas" if you were wondering.


How would you say "He is up on high"? (As in, he is in heaven.)


if he is in heaven, you will say "il est là-haut"

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    In English, we sometimes say someone is "in heaven" to mean they are very happy at that moment. Similar to the expression "like a kid in a candy store." Would "il est t là-haut" be used this way in French also?


    If you are very happy, you can say "au septième ciel".

    This refers to ancient times when people believed that planets were each surrounded by their own sky and the 7th sky was beyond Saturn, where gods were supposed to live. So, being in the 7th sky was the closest to gods, hence a feeling of ultimate happiness.


    when I stayed in Villefrance-sur-mer, if a person lived on top of the hill they would say, "J'habite en haut." If they lived on the bottom of the hill then they would say, "j'habite en bas."


    Can "en haut" also be used describe being in a state of high spirits or euphoria?


    No, "il est en haut" just means he is upstairs or at the top of a ladder or hill.


    Why is there no article before papa?


    Papa is used like a name. Yiu wouldn't use an artucle if it was 'Marc is upstairs'


    so does 'haut' and 'eau' have the same pronunciation?


    oh and shouldn't there be a liaison between 'en' and 'haut'?


    "haut" and "eau" are pronounced the same "oh" but the H in "haut" is aspirated, so you cannot make any liaison before this word: "le haut" [luh oh], vs "l'eau" [loh] or "en haut" [en oh] vs "en eau" [en Noh].


    So that I have this straight. "En Haut" is an adverbial phrase meaning "upstairs" and "là-bas" means "downstairs". Am I correct? Do either of these phrases change with gender or number ( of person or thing upstairs or downstairs )? I can't recall seeing them in any of our lessons.


    upstairs = en haut

    downstairs = en bas

    là-bas = down there, over there


    Thank you! And, to the last part of my question, do they change forms due to gender or number of things "en haut"; "en bas";or "là-bas" ?


    "en haut, en bas, and là-bas" are adverbs, which by nature are invariable.


    Can't we use "Dad is above"? Duolingo proposes "Dad is up above" as an alternative to "Dad is upstairs", but it rejects "above" without the "up". Isn't "above" an adverb besides being a preposition?


    So you chose the hint at the bottom of the list. It is the least likely to be accepted. Don't interpret the so-called "hint list" as Duo is proposing anything to you.

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      Merci George. La liste est simplement plusieurs définitions, pas nécessairement toutes les définitions qui vous faut. The drop-down is simply to showcase the main definitions, not necessarily will all of them work in that particular phrase. I recommend investing in a good dictionary to help select the right word for the context.


      toutes les définitions : all nouns ending in -tion are feminine.

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        Oui, bien sûr, je n'ai pas porté assez d'attention. Merci encore :)


        So how can I say" exit upstairs" or "exit up the stairs" to French visitors. I've been thinking "sortie en haut" but I don't know. Help me, please.


        "exit upstairs" would be "sortez par en haut/par le haut (des escaliers)".

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        I really wanted this to mean "Daddy is high" ;-)


        Is "en haut" an adverb? If it is, why is this sentence under adjectives please?


        "Haut, haute, hauts, hautes" is an adjective.
        "En haut" is an adverb.
        "En haut de" is a preposition.

        I assume Duolingo had to put it somewhere.


        Could this also translate to "Dad is high"?


        No. See Sitesurf's reply to my similar question in this thread.

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