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"Elle a perdu sa clé de voiture."

Translation:She lost her car key.

March 11, 2013



isn't it supposed to be "perdue" in the femminine form?


Rule: with verb "avoir" the past participle is invariable EXCEPT when the direct object is placed before the verb.

  • elle a perdu sa clé
  • la clé qu'elle a perdue


She lost her car keys should be accepted


In this case clé is singular so it must be "she lost her car key"


Its pretty common in american english to use the car keys and mean car key.


It is SO common in English to say "car keys" that either "car key" or "car keys" should be accepted.


Why is it incorrect to say "her key to the car"? That was marked incorrect.


That's what I put, because it says "sa." I think that this question is incorrect.

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It is accepted.


I put 'car keys' instead of 'car key', I had a feeling I would be marked wrong for it, but that is how most people would say it. I've never said that, 'I lost my car key'.. But I've often lamented losing my car keys. I actually think it's probably right on duo's part to mark me incorrect, but still, I think I'm kinda right too maybe?

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It's one of those things in idiomatic English. Maybe it comes from the days when you had one key for the ignition and one for the glove box and one for the trunk. A lot of people say "car keys" when it's really only one key you're after. Both are accepted now so just pay attention to the French.


is 'clef' not correct?


Yes, both spellings are correct and accepted.


I couldnt get the differance between the sound of sa and ça


There is not difference in sound but in grammar:

Please remember:

  • ça = cela = that thing.
  • sa = his or her or its, in front of a feminine singular noun

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    I don't understand why "She lost her car's key" is wrong ????? Why is it not ok to use " 's " ??

    [deactivated user]

      The car is not owning anything. The owner of the key is the woman. Does this help?


      Why is "she lost the key to her car" not accepted?


      I agree. That's what I put and it was rejected.


      'keys' should be accepted. its just how we say it in english

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