"Il nous lit un livre."

Translation:He reads us a book.

February 9, 2013



so if you wanted to say she is writing us a letter you'd say: elle nous ecrit une lettre?

February 21, 2013

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Oui. "Elle nous écrit une lettre" means exactly that.

July 7, 2014


I have been focusing on the ending of the verb to tell who is doing the action. Here it is "he reads us a book" because lit is the il form, not the nous form (so you know "he" is doing the action, not "us"). I'm still figuring this stuff out myself, but I find I'm less confused by the order of the words if I just focus on the verb. At that point, the rest falls into place. I suppose this wouldn't work where the verb ending would be the same for both subject and object, which suggests to me there is probably a better way to figure out subject versus object in a French sentence. If I am wrong please correct me, and I hope I do not lead anyone astray!

June 11, 2013


The subject comes first I think

January 9, 2018

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Should we pronounce the 't' in 'lit' because it's followed by a vowel sound? If so, why doesn't the voice pronounce it - is it optional?

October 1, 2017

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    No, It is not optional. And we do not pronounce the 't' in 'lit' because it is followed by 'u'. This is for every verb conjugation ending with 't' when the succeeding word is beginning with 'u'. Hope I cleared your doubt.

    March 25, 2018

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    Sorry, I don't agree.

    "Il lit_un livre" has an optional liaison and it is welcome.

    Please read the point 6. here: https://www.lawlessfrench.com/pronunciation/optional-liaisons/

    March 25, 2018


    What is wrong with "he is reading a book to us"

    November 25, 2018


    wow a new subject just appeared from nowhere

    February 22, 2013


    Haha, yeah. This is a weird new subject to throw in at the very last lesson of the basics.

    February 23, 2013


    So in French, you have the person acting out the verb, the person(s) receiving the verb, verb, and a noun?

    October 3, 2017
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