"Ta belle-mère est la femme de ton père."

Translation:Your stepmother is your father's wife.

March 27, 2018

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Note that "belle-mère" may be either 1) stepmother, i.e., your father's wife, but not your biological mother, or 2) mother-in-law, i.e, the mother of your spouse.


So it is a matter of context? I read it as "Your mother-in-law is your father's wife". Since the sentence was without context, am I technically right? I thought it was a strange sentence, but I thought, "Eh, I'm not here to judge. Only to translate."


The rest of the sentence tells you what it is: she is your father's wife. By using this expression, it means she is not your mother or your mother-in-law, but your stepmother. It is the only possible translation here.


That is going to take a lot of logic to figure out.


So, how would one go about saying "my mother-in-law is married to my Dad"?


C'est difficile, ma mère est morte et le père de ma femme aussi. Maintenant, la mère de ma femme est devenue la femme de mon père. Tu comprends? Ma belle-mère est ma belle-mère. Deux tragédies et une drolerie.


I wrote your mother inlaw is the wife of your father and was marked wrong


In another thread you said that 'beau-frère' can only mean brother-in-law and that stepbrother has to be 'demi-frère'. I'm struggling to work out what the rules are here, are they different for siblings than for parents then?


I understand what you are saying n6zs but bloody hell wouldn't it be easier to have different terms for different relationships?


And that's what the Chinese did, and it's hella confusing. (In Chinese, every single relative has their own word: i.e.: sisters of your mother, sisters of your father, brothers of your mother, brothers of your father, sons of each one of the mentioned above, daughter's of... you get the idea).


Swedish has this as well, farmor for the mother of your father, mormor for the mother of your mother and so on. Also all the aunts and uncles


We shouldn't judge too harshly. Many languages distinguish between maternal and paternal relatives, or between for example a brother-in-law who is one's wife's brother versus one who is one's sister's husband


I'm sorry, this started out as your father-in-law and my mother-in-law, and suddenly belle-mere means stepmother. And more to the point when I went back to the base section to look for the guidance......there wasn't any. Could somebody please explain how belle-mere means mother-in-law AND stepmother, and more importantly how to distinguish the two from a single sentence. Having read down the thread I'm with Hens903971 on this. Its fine to put this as part of a general discussion as there will be pointers, but a single sentence with no supporting text is a bit of a stretch.


Spanish is so much easier....


This is confusing. Is there actually a difference in French between mother-in-law and stepmother?


Okay, I got that wrong, but, it is kind of confusing to have the same term mean in-law or step.....


But when you read the rest of the sentence, it explains what it is. It is reduced to a matter of pure logic--there is no guessing necessary.


You are right of course, and context is needed in many places in English too. It is a mere curiosity that a strange sequence of divorces/widowhoods and remarriages could make the 'wrong' answer right, which then one could express in English but, seemingly not in French.


For saying "Your stepmother is your father's wife" it said that I had a typo. Instead the correct translation is "Your stepmother is your father's wife." Why is this?


So in France you can have two "belle-mères" with the context determining which one youre talking about?


So why was monter-in-law deemed incorrect?


I now understand because it is your father's wife and because you cannot marry your father the translation must be stepmother


"Your Step mum is your Dad's wife" marked as incorrect???


According to a Google search stepmother

noun a woman who is married to one's father after the divorce of one's parents or the death of one's mother.


Your father's wife is your stepmother.


Why when you write the correct response does it say another correct response is the same thing you wrote???


What's the difference between stepmother and mother in law?


Hmm. Seems wrong.

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