passé composé: j'ai achetées

[deactivated user]

    I tried to test out and I failed miserably, thanks to a little inconsistency.

    Apparently, when the object of the verb comes before the verb, then the passé form behaves like an adjective, or a verb with 'etre' in passé composé.

    Examples with 'acheter des robes':

    1. J'ai acheté des robes noires.

    --> 2. Les robes que j'ai achetées sont noires.

    That's clear, but when I say it with a pronoun like this:

    1. 'J'ai des robes noires. Je les ai acheté hier.'

    --> shouldn't I say: 4. 'Je les ai achetées hier.'

    I knew about this rule (vaguely, because I rarely had to use it), but in the test, I was corrected quite inconsistently and I'm now confused. Which of these four sentences is wrong?

    July 30, 2018

    12 Comments


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheDaisyMoon

    Yes, in this context it would be "je les ai achetées hier". Did Duolingo tell you it was wrong ?

    July 30, 2018

    [deactivated user]

      Yes, it said it was wrong. But it also didn't correct me at the first time, when I honestly forgot about this rule. Then it corrected my wrong answer, then it corrected my good answer, so the next time, i deliberately gave the wrong answer, which, of course got corrected - and I quickly ran out of hearts this way. I also looked at the comments, but that didn't help much either. I wanted to report the mistakes too, but by that time, I got so confused that I didn't dare to do that either.

      Thanks for the answer!

      July 30, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dany650m

      Bonjour sky_venom. you should not feel confused to make this report: "my answer should be accepted": https://support.duolingo.com/hc/en-us/articles/204752124-How-do-I-report-a-problem-with-a-sentence-or-translation- Bonne continuation.

      July 30, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dany650m

      But now, this is only what we can report : "2. Select an option depending on the issue you want to report. For example, you can pick "my answer should be accepted." This will highlight the possible mistake for the course contributors. "

      July 30, 2018

      [deactivated user]

        Thanks! I know the report function, but I only use it when I'm certain that I'm right - I don't want to spam the contributors with false reports.

        July 30, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dany650m

        It's good of you, because surely in the past there have been abuses. But here you were right, there is a big mistake in this sentence : 1.J'ai des robes noires. Je les ai acheté hier

        You are good in French for have it noticed !

        July 30, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KawaiiKiwi21

        Duolingo is really inconsistent...

        July 30, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/betsys2003

        You had a Duo question that was two sentences? I have never seen anything like your second example on Duo.

        If you're certain it's wrong, report it. I rarely report things in the language I'm learning, though, because I'm always afraid I made some other little mistake. Like, I actually typed "Je les ai achetés hier", or something. Or "Je les a achetées hier." Or whatever. Sometimes the way they correct you is confusing and doesn't just highlight what you did wrong, but changes other things too.

        July 30, 2018

        [deactivated user]

          No, I didn't have two sentences in one question, I just wrote it to give context.

          I had several questions where I had to apply this rule, and I found the answers/corrections inconsistent, so I came here and wrote up a few examples, to clear away my confusion.

          Like you, I don't want to report things I'm not certain about, and in this case, I wasn't sure which was and wasn't wrong by the end.

          July 30, 2018

          [deactivated user]

            Thanks! I get it now!

            July 31, 2018

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheDaisyMoon

            In the Welsh course there are two sentences on a lot of the lessons.

            August 1, 2018
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