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"C'est une chose dont tu peux être fière."

Translation:It is something you can be proud of.

April 19, 2018



It is something of which you can be proud


That is correct as well.


What is the use of "dont" here? Is this an idiom or some other common useage?


The "dont" is a relative pronoun replacing de + person/thing/idea and it joins two thoughts. C'est une chose. Tu peux être fière de cette chose. = C'est une chose dont tu peux être fière. Said another way this sentence could read, It is something (of which) you can be proud.


In this case, "dont" can be understood as "de + que". It has other meanings though.


Why not "one thing" instead of "something"? As in "You might be a jerk, but you're a good father. That's one thing you can be proud of."


An oversight! Some translations were missing. Here "une chose" can mean either something or one thing.


why do we use ( of ) in the end of this sentence ?

does it replace ( of which ) ?


The English "of" in this sentence does arrive as a translation of the French "dont", but more generally, in this type of statement in English, the preposition paired with "proud" is "of".

Someone or something can just be "proud" in English: "He is proud". But if the verb "to be proud" has an object it is connected to the sentence with the preposition "of".

So you get sentences like "I am proud of you." Or "He is proud of his pet goldfish", as well as the sentence in this exercise: "It is something you can be proud of." Some people avoid ending sentences with prepositions, so you could say "It is something of which you can be proud". Either way works.


According to "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uauZvVrWGhY", the masculine "fier" and the feminine "fière" are pronounced identically, which is what I always thought. (The voice synthesizer mispronounces the masculine "fier".) So either "fier" or "fière" are correct in the dictation exercise.


You are right. Audio has been disabled for now until the staff can make that adjustment for the audio exercises.


I grew up with English teachers for parents. Ending a sentence with "of" was worse than keeping a messy room.

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