"Un homme nous suit."

Translation:A man follows us.

February 1, 2013

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wait wait wait... are you telling me that je suis means both "I am" and "I follow"?? what if I wanted to say "Je suis l'homme"...am I saying that I follow the man or that I am the man? Is there a common rule I should know?


Conjugation of verb ĂȘtre: je suis, tu es, il/elle/on est, nous sommes, vous ĂȘtes, ils/elles sont.

Conjugation of verb suivre: je suis, tu suis, il/elle/on suit, nous suivons, vous suivez, ils/elles suivent.

So, you are right, "je suis" can mean either "I am" or "I follow". Context will tell you which is which.


Hopefully this man has good intentions.


Returning a dropped wallet of course.


I am trying to do the test outs as suggested by Duolingo. As I have reported before the female speaker's voice is incomprehensible. I have decided not to do these exercise and I do not mind loosing fluency scores .Duolingo is a learning tool not a rat race. i will only do the exercises that are reasonably comprehensible. Thank you .


A man is following us means also un homme nous suit


I said, "a man we follow" - can someone explain how I can see this word order correctly? (first attempt and was sure glad I remembered it meant "follow" even if I got it wrong :-))


Un homme nous suit / A man follows us: who follows? un homme/a man = subject of "suit/follows"

A man (whom) we follow / Un homme que nous suivons: who follows? we/nous = subject of "follow/suivons".

So you have switched subject and object.


Ah so. Have had trouble getting used to subject order since we don't say, "I you follow" so now I will keep that in mind - thank you very much!


Why can't I say "Un homme qui nous suivons?" And why is suit acceptable for the nous form?


Look at these structures:

a man who follows us = un homme qui nous suit: "qui" is a relative pronoun, in its subject form (subject of "suit" - "nous" is the direct object)

a man whom we follow = un homme que nous suivons: "que" is a relative pronoun, in its object form (direct object of "suivons" - the subject of the verb is "nous)


can we say "a man pursues us"?


Je suis que je suis mais je ne suis pas que je suis!

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