"This page? Yes, I have read it."

Translation:Cette page ? Oui, je l'ai lue.

September 23, 2017



why is 'cette page, oui je l'ai lu' incorrect?

September 23, 2017


Because some verbs require agreement not with the subject of the sentence, but with the direct object. The majority of French verbs are conjugated with avoir in the compound tenses and do not agree with their subjects. However, avoir verbs require agreement with their direct objects or direct object pronouns when these precede the verb. (There is no agreement when the direct object follows the verb or with an indirect object.)

In the given sentence it has been qualified as feminine (cette page) and, represents a direct object pronoun that precedes the verb, therefore the past participle must agree. Hence Je l'ai lue.

September 23, 2017


Thank you for explaining it so clearly :)

September 23, 2017


Very nice explanation.

October 31, 2017


Thanks for this.

December 13, 2017


I thought so, just wanted to make sure. You do make it very clear.

March 2, 2018


Something is amiss with the correct answer (or the parser) on this one. It marked me as correct, but it suggested an alternative answer which was exactly what I typed. Punctuation, spacing, capitalization, everything.

August 10, 2018


I understand the agreement, but I thought that "si" was used to answer a negative question.

October 5, 2018


There's no negative question here, but if it was you're right.

Tu ne l’as pas vu ? – Si. You didn’t see him? – Yes, I did.

March 23, 2019
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