"Nous payions tous les mois."

Translation:We used to pay every month.

April 5, 2018

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In the audio (female voice) it sounds to me indistinguishable from payons: [pejɔ̃] instead of [pejjɔ̃]. A native speaker needs to confirm whether they hear payons or payions here.


Even if it's not really obvious, I hear payions. But honestly, if the sentence is true, we never say that in French, we can write it but when we speak we prefer to say "On payait tous les mois" to avoid the confusion with "Nous payons tous les mois" because even for a native speaker it's hard to hear the difference.


Geminated sounds are very hard to hear, especially semi-vowels such as [j].

  • payons - /pɛ.jɔ̃/ or /pe.jɔ̃/
  • payions - /pɛj.jɔ̃/ or /pej.jɔ̃/

English rarely distinguishes between a single consonant and a geminated consonant (all the examples I've found for English are disputed). There is almost no difference between /j/ and /j.j/, and I can't hear it here, which doesn't mean it's not there as English speakers are not used to distinguishing geminated sounds from non-geminated. I can't even hear the difference when I know I'm saying it differently, unless I insert a gap between the two syllables.


Why is the translation "we payed every month" not correct?


According to Wiktionary, "payed" is archaic. Simple past tense for "pay" is "paid" in modern English.


Does that mean you are saying "we paid every month" is correct? I have answered my own question next time it came up, and it is correct. So I looked up the difference between paid and payed. They are quite different. https://writingexplained.org/payed-or-paid-difference


Why is it not acceptable to say "monthly" here instead of "every month"?


I put monthly. Why was that wrong?


Why is "we used to pay monthly" wrong?


"Payions" can be translated to "paid".

To translate that to "used to pay", not every verb needs to be split (especially in short factual expressions).


We were playing every month - why is it wrong?

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