why do they add t' or s' to appelle?

why do they add t' or s' to appelle. and how do you send a message to a friend to help you.

January 20, 2018


"Appeler" is a reflexive verb, which means the action is done to oneself. In other words, "Je m'appelle" reads as "I call myself" or more literally as "I myself call." The "je" is "I" and the "m'" is "myself." I hope that helps! And anyone can comment in case I said this wrong.

Edit: Same thing for "Il s'appelle." It would read as "He calls himself." or more literally as "He himself calls."

January 20, 2018

It is because appeller is reflexive. So you need to know the reflexive subjects: me, te, se, nous, vous, les. My name is Gusano is not directly translated into French.

Je me appelle Gusano

Je = I, me = to me or unto me, appelle = call, Gusano = my name. So I am basically saying "I call myself Gusano" in French. Also, since me ends in a vowel and appelle begins with one, it becomes m'appelle.

Tu te appelle Dave. Tu = you, te = to you or unto you, appelle = call, Dave = your name. You call yourself Dave. And te ends in a vowel and appelle begins with one so t'appelle is correct.

Since you are learning Spanish, let me point out that name constructs are EXACTLY the same in Spanish. Yo me llamo Gusano = I call myself Gusano. TĂș te llamas Dave = you call yourself Dave.

January 21, 2018
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