"In the next minute."
Translation:Dans la minute qui suit.
There are a number of tricky French adjectives that have slightly different meanings when placed before or after the noun. Generally speaking, adjectives placed before the noun have a figurative or subjective meaning; adjectives placed after the noun have a more literal or objective meaning. The expression here is not to be taken literally, as "in the next 60 seconds". It is subjective, like saying "in a minute". So if you choose to use prochaine, it would go before the noun to show that it is figurative/subjective and not literal. http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/adjectives_fickle_2.htm
The exercise is a well-intended effort to use "qui suit" in a sentence. Yes, quite literally, "une minute" means 60 seconds. But if someone says, "just a second", or "in a minute", we don't process this as "one second" or "sixty seconds". If a cashier at a store tells you, "I'll be with you in just a minute", do you start counting down from 60? We understand that people may take some of these expressions quite literally, but more often than not, it is an effort to make light of it, to play with the literal shade of meaning, but not to take it seriously.
"Qui" is used as a subject pronoun and "que" is used to replace a direct object. http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/relativepronouns_2.htm
It is so true, Rosie. A great many (young) users show tremendous courage in attempting the French language and do not know what it means to conjugate a verb. I think that's one reason so many drop out. Fortunately, there are many great resources available for those who are willing to learn. Good luck to you!
Three years in a row, I asked a group of French one students to tell me the subject of the sentence, "The hungry dog chased the rabbit through the wood," and they said, without hesitation: "a hungry dog hunting rabbit." I DIDN'T ASK WHAT THE TOPIC OF THE SENTENCE WAS!! Sigh. All strategies must be renewed!
With expressions of time 'dans' refers to the future, while 'en' means how long something takes. Cf. http://french.about.com/library/prepositions/bl_prep_en_vs_dans.htm
In general, adjectives follow the noun. Except for those which follow the BANGS rule (adjectives of Beauty, Age, Number, Goodness, and Size go before the noun. There are a few French adjectives that are quite tricky, changing meanings depending on whether they are placed before or after the noun. When they are placed before the noun, they have a figurative or subjective meaning. When they are placed after the noun, they have a literal or objective meaning. So the idea is not that "in the next minute" means "in the next 60 seconds" (literal), but rather the more subjective "in a minute" (subjective). Check out the two pages associated with this link: http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/adjectives_fickle.htm
Thanks for sharing the link.
Most of the examples seem to coincide with the stated rule ( before = figurative/subjective, after = literal/objective ). One that stands out to me is jeune.
jeune Figurative or subjective meaning une jeune femme - a young woman Literal or objective meaning une femme jeune - youthful woman
Are they are referring to "youthful" in terms physical appearance (e.g. smooth skin, no wrinkles) , rather than someone who acts young ( e.g. youthful enthusiasm)? Whereas they consider "young", to mean inexperienced, rather than someone who is in the early stage of life physically (e.g. a child)? Thanks!
"Prochain" is not BANGS, but rather one those tricky adjectives that has a different meaning depending on which side of the noun it stands. It is covered in the link @n6zs provides just above.
This adjective seems particularly tricky to me with respect to knowing the correct position, since the two meanings seem only subtly different, whereas most of the others are more obviously different.
[Already explained above]. The given sentence (dans la minute qui suit), "suit" is the 3rd person singular conjugation of the verb "suivre" (to follow). The translation is literally, "in the minute that follows". I.e., "suit" is not an adjective, but a verb in the subordinate clause (qui suit). That verb needs a subject. "Qui" is the subject of that clause.
Dans is the preposition that Duo accepts here. According to petic's comment above, dans is used for expressions with the future, while en is used for expressing the length of time.
Well, as a French native, I can say that we never say "dans la minute qui suit" or "dans la prochaine minute" (even if I must admit that they are the most literal translations), we will probably saying "dans une minute". I am not sure about the rules or if it is a deformation of the spoken language, so if someone has an idea or an explanation please ? :)
Please see n6zs's comments above. Some adjectives have a different meaning depending on whether they are placed before (figurative, subjective) or after (literal, objective) the noun.