https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LesChaosEmeralds

Qu'est-ce que vous pensez à cette phrase que j'ai écrite ?

Hey there fellow Duolingo users! This morning, I was thinking about how to say something in French, and I did make a translation, but it seems wrong to me. Please help me correct it if it is wrong. Here it is;

English: I wish that I knew what they were saying

Français: Je souhaite que je susse ce qu'ils disaient

So, what do you think? Please help me correct it. Thanks so much and have a nice day!

June 22, 2016

6 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kangourex

You cannot "Souhaite" in the past.

I propose : J'aurais aimé savoir ce qu'ils disaient.

Or maybe (but less sure) : Je souhaitais savoir ce qu'ils disaient.

June 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LesChaosEmeralds

That seems pretty legit!¡!¡! Thx m8


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fanny-nini38

"I knew what they were saying" in french: "J'ai su ce qu'ils disaient" But with "I wish" before, you can tell : "J'aurais aimé savoir ce qu'ils disaient" or "J'aurais souhaité savoir ce qu'ils disaient" ;D


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

Title: "que pensez-vous de cette phrase... ?"

I wish I knew can translate to:

  • j'aimerais (bien) savoir
  • je voudrais (bien) savoir

"je souhaite que" is followed by a subject different from "je". If the subject is the same in both clauses, please use an infinitive.

  • j'aimerais que tu saches
  • j'aimerais savoir

This is the list of verbs that can be followed by another verb in infinitive: aimer/aimer mieux, aller, compter, croire, daigner, devoir, entendre, espérer, faire, falloir, (s')imaginer, laisser, oser, penser, pouvoir, prétendre, savoir, sembler, sentir, valoir mieux, venir, voir and vouloir.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LesChaosEmeralds

Thanks so much!! I have one question, though; does that mean that you could say "je souhaite que tu susses ce qu'ils disaient"? (I wish that you knew what they were saying)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

Je souhaite que tu saches ce qu'ils disaient = I want/would like you to know what they were saying.

I wish you knew what they said = j'aimerais/voudrais (bien) que tu saches ce qu'ils disaient/ont dit.

I wish you had known what they said = j'aimerais/voudrais (bien) que tu aies su ce qu'ils disaient/ont dit.

Je souhaitais que tu aies su ce qu'ils disaient = I wanted/wished you to know what they said/were saying.

*be aware that 'susse(s)' is never used because is it a rare tense and also because of its homophone 'suce(s)'.

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