"She found her tortoise."
Translation:Elle a retrouvé sa tortue.
why is "Elle trouvait sa tortue" not correct?
Also, is there actually a difference between trouver and retrouver? Shouldn't one be "to find" and the other "to find again?" How are they interchangeable?
Why elle " a", the french version did not ask for "had", I am missing something in this translation,,,
The tense is passe composé which uses the conjugation for avoir (in most instances) + the past participle of the infinitif, hence a trouvé = "has found" or simply "found".
i still don't understand the difference between trouve and retrouve when they seem to be used interchangeably.
Tortoise in English is Turtle, ??? Goole too calls Turtle tortoise in english no, no, no a Turtle is a Turtle
In French tortue means both turtle and tortoise. You can further specify by using an adjective such as tortue marine for a sea turtle.
Because it comes after the verb and the gender of what she is looking for has not yet been revealed. Whereas “La tortue, elle a retrouvée” would be correct. This gender / plural / object / subject / what applies to avoir / etre agreement is a minefield. Thankfully the Moderators have put some really helpful comments in to help us.