"Mon oncle faisait la navette chaque jour."

Translation:My uncle commuted every day.

March 31, 2018

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'My uncle was commuting each day' was not accepted. Am I incorrect in thinking that l'imparfait translates as 'was doing' an action, as opposed to passe compose being a completed event?


My uncle was commuting each day is also correct and added, thank you.

You are correct that it is in the imparfait which is used for a repeated action in the past tense. Depending on the context it can be translated in the past continuous (was + verb+ing) or the simple past in English.


I have the same question with "My uncle commutes each day" also, can anyone clarify?


My uncle commutes every day is in the present tense: mon oncle fait la navette chaque jour.


I guess this is idiomatic right? I tried the literal translation of "my uncle took the shuttle every day" but it was rejected. I assume "made the shuttle", or "got the shuttle" would also be rejected. Is that right?


Yes, you are right, it's idiomatic. It is possible to "take the shuttle" or "prendre la navette," but here the emphasis is on the commute itself.


And la navette spatiale is French for "the space shuttle". ☺ The things you learn, eh? ☺


News to me! I checked wordreference and learned that navette aérienne is commuter plane and navette fluviale is a water bus! So interesting!


is a water bus like a ferry?


That is good to know so a lingot heading your way in thanks


It's because the journey to work and back, day after day after day, is likened to the action of the shuttle (navette) going back and forth in a weaving or spinning machine making cloth.


Thanks Brian, that might help me remember it.


My uncle commuted daily. Wrong.


Quotidiennement = daily Mon oncle faisait la navette quotidiennement = my uncle commuted daily


Shouldn't "My uncle commuted each day" be accepted?


Yes, fixed. Thank you!


Not a native English speaker. What's commute? I guess it's a false friend, since in my language it means to process or to exchange.


Commute in English means the back and forth voyage from one place to another. Usually commute refers to the daily trip to work and back.

May I ask what your native language is?


FYI, in English "commute" may also mean change (eg a material into another by processing it) or exchange (eg a punishment, a type of payment).

Cambridge dictionary examples:

  • People used to believe that you could commute base metals into gold.
  • I think I'll commute my life insurance into an annuity.
  • Her sentence was commuted from death to life imprisonment.
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