"Does it belong to you?"

Translation:Vous appartient-il ?

February 1, 2013

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Why does it reject "appartient a toi" in favour of t'appartient?


When the indirect object pronoun (toi, in this example) is first or second person, it has to precede the verb.

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    First/second you mean je/tu? So for il/elle not?


    Well, when the pronoun refers to the third person, you can use a stressed pronoun after the verb to distinguish between masculine and feminine:

    Lui appartient-il, à elle ? = Does it belong to her?

    Lui appartient-il, à lui ? = Does it belong to him?

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      OK, understood. Thanks :)


      I am a tad bit confused, are there two sentences that are merged in each example, that is "lui appartient-il" and "appartient-il, à elle"... and so on?

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        I don't understand when to use appartient à and when to just put the pronoun before the appartient


        When the indirect object pronoun is first or second person, it has to precede the verb.


        Do you know why "Est-ce que-t-il t'appartient?" is wrong?


        The linking -t- comes after a verb -- I believe it's a survival of a final -T in Latin (e.g. aime-t-il is from AMAT ILLE where the -T got dropped in regular speech but survived in this combination).

        que is not a verb, so there's no reason to put a -t- before the il.

        It's simply Est-ce qu'il t'appartient?, as ThanKwee wrote, with que + il directly together.


        That would be "Est-ce qu'il t'appartient ?"


        Appartient-il à vous? is this possible?


        No, that is is not possible. When the indirect object pronoun is first or second person, it has to precede the verb


        How come "il" is accepted in "t'appartient-il" but not in "est-ce que il t'appartient"?


        Hmm... maybe it was the "qu'il" do you think?


        Would it be incorrect to say "C'est le tien?" without "Est-ce que" in front?


        I'd have thought 'à toi/vous' would have been ok as well.


        When the indirect object pronoun is first or second person, it has to precede the verb


        When can "elle" mean "it"? Any feminine object? Always tried to use" il" for "it" in duolingo and failed today.


        Yes, exactly. All feminine objects are "elle" and all masculine objects are "il".

        J'ai une table. ELLE est verte. J'ai un stylo. IL est vert. J'ai une grande maison. ELLE est à moi. J'ai un chien. IL aime jouer.


        I thought that 'Appartient-il a vous' should have been ok, but alas 'N0!'


        When the indirect object pronoun is first or second person, it has to precede the verb


        This question had been repeated several times. Would identifying the direct and indirect objects help here? Just a thought.

        Thank you for being a mod. Your responses to all these questions really help my understanding. Cheers


        Est-ce qu'on peut dire "ça t'appartient"?


        Why appartient? Isn't that 3rd, plural?


        It's 3rd person singular. It agrees with the subject, il (which in this sentence has been inverted). I believe 3rd person plural is appartiennent.


        I think "T'appartient?" Would be enough, right?


        No, because you need the subject in French, unlike in Italian or Spanish. (Mostly because the verb endings are so run-down that they all sound the same.)

        Your sentence would be like "Does belong to you?" in English, which also doesn't work (even though the "does" can only be third person singular, you still have to say "does it").


        I just thought it was implicit in the "T", like in spanish "Te pertenece?" no need for the object, and actually Google translator, translates it as I think?. Thanks for the help.


        Um, the T' in French and the Te in Spanish is the object.

        Spanish, in general, has no need for the subject, since the -e ending here indicates that the subject is "he, she, it".

        But in French, you have e.g. "j'aime, tu aimes, il aime, ils aiment", where the verb in each case is pronounced exactly the same, unlike the case in Spanish.


        Est-ce que t'appartient-il is wrlng. Why?


        Because you can form questions by either (a) inverting subject and verb, or (b) adding est-ce que in front. You tried to do both at once.

        If you want to use "est-ce que", then the subject stays in front of the verb - try "Est-ce qu'il t'appartient?"


        Why did it mark this wrong: "Est-ce qu'elle est à toi?"

        When it gave this as an acceptable answer: "Est-ce qu'il est à toi?"


        I have no idea how this sentence was constructed. It is hard enough to learn the new verbs without odd constructions like this.


        This sentence seems to have many people confused so let me try and explain.

        Swapping to pronoun and verb puts the statement in a sort of question form, so "il appartient" (it belongs) goes to being "appartient-il" (does it belong).

        That "T" in front of the "appartient" is indicating more or less who the statement is targeting. Being "T' " means it's targeting you.

        Putting it altogether as "T'appartient-il", it says "it belongs to you".

        I hope this helps


        Thank you. Yours is the most clear explanation to me of all others stated here.


        Why not 'En vous appartient'?


        "en" is kind of like "of it"... "of it you belongs"? Makes no sense to me.


        Why is "Est-ce qu'il lui appartient" incorrect? I thought lui is used for indirect objects?


        lui is for 3rd person indirect objects (to him, to her).

        So you asked "does it belong to him/to her?"

        But the sentence is "Does it belong to YOU?".


        Could I say il vous appartient?


        Wondering this also I said il t'appartient but wasn't accepted. The correct answer given was ca t'appartient.


        I answered, "est-ce-que appartient à vous" but was corrected with, "est-ce-que c'est vous." je ne comprends pas...


        Whoops... I said the equivalent of "Do you belong to it?"...


        keep using the wrong one! Difference with ce/cette/ça/cela ?


        ce, cette = this, as an adjective. Needs a following noun, e.g. ce chien, cette maison.

        ça = that, as a pronoun. Stands by itself. J'aime ça. Abbreviation of cela.


        Could you use "posseder" instead of "appartenir" here?


        How about "Est-il t'appartiens?"


        No, that makes no sense. "Is he I belong to you" ?

        Were you trying for "Est-ce qu'il t'appartient?" ?


        Oh i see, it should be "Est-il t'appartient?" I got confused with the conjugation.


        No. "Est-il?" means "Is he? Is it?"

        But you want to ask whether it belongs to you -- there is no "is" in that sentence.


        "Est-il..." means "Is it....". "t'appartient" means "owned by you". Hence, it makes sense to me this way. I might be wrong tho.


        No, "t'appartient" is "(it) belongs to you".

        "Appartenir (à)" is "to belong (to)".

        So "appartient" is "(it) belongs".


        why not: est-ce celle de toi?


        That would be "Is it yours?" rather than "Does it belong to you?".


        oh that seems a bit like splitting hairs :/ those phrases can be used synonymously in English...


        They refer to the same reality, like "He is my father" and "I am his son", or "She is my mother's sister" and "She is my aunt", but the translation for each would ideally be different.


        Sure, thanks for clarifying the distinction! :)


        Why didn't you eccept "celui" but only "cela". As much as i know "it" in english stands for both. Est ce que celui vous appartient...


        Either you're confusing something or I am.

        There is one pair ceci - cela which means "this - that". (cela also has the alternative form ça.)

        And then there is another pair celui-ci - celui-là which means "this one - that one".

        And finally there's the celui as in J'aime celui de mon frère.

        But I don't think bare celui matches up with cela, nor that Est-ce que celui vous appartient could work.


        why is "Est-ce le tien" wrong, while "Est-ce à toii" right?


        The answer it gave me was "Est-ce qu'il est à vous ?" Then I come on here and there is another answer....with a verb I have never even seen....and since I clicked the review button, I have no idea what section this is...


        "Est-ce qu'il appartient a toi? - also correct?


        Why is " Est-ce qu'il appartient à vous?" wrong?


        No!!! 11 Streak lost


        No vous in word list, only t'


        What is the correct solution here when the word "vous" is not provided in the tablets below?

        Instead of vous, we have "t"' and "il". It is obvious to me that since "t"' is a substitute for "tu" and must have a liaison with "il", how does one construct the sentence from the available options?

        Can someone help, please?


        Merci beaucoup, mizinamo. I thought of the​ correct answer soon after I posted my query.

        "T' " has a liaison with "appartient" and "il" comes last.


        The choice of words for this answer is incorrect. The answer words include T' instead of Vous


        That’s not incorrect.

        There is more than one correct translation.


        Why not "est-ce le votre" ?


        "Est-ce le votre ?" = "Is it yours?"


        What is wrong with "est-ce que ce vous appartient?"


        your version is missing the subject of the sentence, "il". Perhaps: Vous appartient-il ?

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