"Il faut qu'on tape le document."

Translation:We must type the document.

April 4, 2018



"It's necessary to type the document" not accepted

April 4, 2018

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It's only that it uses "il faut qu'on" using the generic "we". It can also be interpreted as a generic "you" or a generic "they". It a little more than "it's necessary", but that someone (in this case, most likely "we") are going to have to do it.

April 30, 2018


Except, of course, that DL rejects the perfectly correct and more precise English translation of “One must type the document”.

April 29, 2019



April 15, 2019


Do the French prefer to use "il faut" over "tu dois" etc?

It just seems a bit odd to me to use an impersonal construction for a personal meaning so often.

April 8, 2018

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It's because "tu dois" means specifically "you" (personally). Using "il faut" is impersonal, meaning simply that it will be necessary for someone to do it. Using "on doit" uses what we might call the generic "we", the generic "you", the generic "they". It does not assign the task to you personally, but somebody is going to have to do it.

April 30, 2018


Why not translate the sentence as it is written: "It is necessary that we type the document."

October 17, 2018



October 17, 2018


What is wrong with "it is necessary to type the document"?

January 24, 2019


That statement is best translated as 'Il faut taper le document,' because it makes the sentiment as impersonal as possible. The inclusion of 'on' in 'Il faut qu'on' would typically be interpreted as the informal variant of 'nous', we.

April 6, 2019


It rejected the passive "the document must be typed". Reported 7 May 2018.

May 8, 2018

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You have changed the sentence from an active verb to a passive one. It is not a reportable "error".

July 30, 2018


I disagree. Passive voice is used fairly frequently in English and isn't favored in French (based on what I've read). A passive voice translation seems the most natural for this construct. Plus it's accepted in other places throughout this tree ...

April 5, 2019


Why is Il not Ils?

April 20, 2019
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