"My aunt had gone silent."

Translation:Ma tante s'était tue.

November 23, 2017



Isn't tuer to kill someone?

November 23, 2017


tue is the feminine form of the past participle of the irregular verb '(se) taire' which means 'to go silent'. It is similar-looking but not actually related to the word tuer whose past participle is tué.

November 23, 2017


If my aunt had taken her own life, the French sentence would be "ma tante s'était tuée".

November 24, 2017


How would one say "My aunt kept quiet"?

February 26, 2018


To go silent means to die? I thought that she died silently or calmly..

November 6, 2018


No, no, this has nothing to do with dying. The verb here is "se taire" which means to go silent. The verb "tuer" is to kill.

The past participle of se taire, tu(es), looks similar to the past participle of tuer, tué, but they mean different things. Check for the accent.

November 9, 2018
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