"Nous sommes arrivés."

Translation:We have arrived.

3/7/2013, 2:26:20 AM

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Why can't it be "arrivées"?

3/7/2013, 2:26:20 AM

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It can, indeed, if "we" is all girls/women.

3/7/2013, 11:16:15 AM

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Why do I find has, have, etc. in every sentence? I think "We arrived" is correct too. Does it have something to do with French grammar?

8/9/2015, 8:34:14 PM

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Maybe to make the translations more literal, or to avoid confusion whether to use passé composé or imparfait. If you type we arrived, it will be accepted, as it should.

2/3/2016, 5:18:10 PM

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Because literally translated the passé composé always uses has/have, j'ai mangé, i have eaten, but in english, I have eaten and I ate or interchangeable

7/30/2017, 12:27:42 AM

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They're not always interchangeable in English. We arrived is simple past, a finished action. Usually used in sentences with 'yesterday', 'ago', 'last' etc. We have arrived is present perfect - for something that happened in the past but has a connection to the present moment. In this case either could be used as there is nothing more in the sentence.

11/11/2018, 1:56:44 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/hannrkelley

I wrote we had arrived, because we have arrived feels like present tense to me. Just some more confusion to overcome I guess! I assume we had arrived is too far into past tense than this lesson intends.

8/27/2015, 10:29:43 AM

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we had arrived is pluperfect = nous étions arrivés (auxiliary in imperfect + past participle)

8/27/2015, 11:01:08 AM

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We came?

8/31/2014, 6:04:54 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/shrinkdad

Nous sommes venus?

8/31/2014, 8:35:31 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/DomBap11

If 'sommes' means are, then why does this translate to we are arrived?? Why do the french say we are instead of we have? Very confusing, thanks.

7/29/2016, 5:24:50 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/wfluckett

Google Mrs. van de Tramp, you will find lists of the verbs that use etre rather than avoir.

7/29/2016, 6:18:19 PM

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Okay, Thanks

7/30/2016, 3:39:34 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/ericdavis

Is it not more correct to say: nous y sommes arrivés

7/9/2013, 12:25:46 PM

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Nous y sommes arrivés could be correct, but there is a side meaning (no context here) which is "we made it" in the sense of "we were successful".

7/10/2013, 11:05:09 AM

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Ah, perfect, you answered my question already. Merci beacoup!

In English, to say "I/ we have arrived" is an idiom, meaning "we've made it/ were successful", as you say. It is interesting that this is the case in French too.

1/4/2016, 12:21:41 AM

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Agree with Sitesurf. Another translation of "nous Y sommes arrivés" could be "we have arrived THERE". But here, I guess the only meaning is that we arrived, we do not know WHERE we arrived or HOW we arrived.

7/24/2013, 11:29:38 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/islandmonkeee

Why not nous avons arrivés?

8/9/2015, 6:47:19 PM

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Because it's an 'etre' verb. Check the list.

8/9/2015, 8:49:29 PM

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what list??

6/16/2017, 10:36:01 AM

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Thanks

12/29/2017, 6:37:45 PM

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One meaning of "arriver" is "to manage". So could "We have managed" be another correct translation?

11/17/2018, 3:13:29 AM

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"To manage" can translate to "arriver à":

  • Nous y sommes arrivés.
  • Nous sommes arrivés à faire cela.
11/17/2018, 4:39:07 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/AilbeMille

We're here is also ok

3/14/2019, 7:50:50 AM
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