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verb "durer" (to last) has a number of extensions (in English as well) but all are about time:
une durée (noun, duration), durable (adj, lasting/sustainable), durant (prep, during), durablement (adv, durably/permanently)
endurer comes from Latin indurare = harden one's body.
That sentence is ambiguous because it is very rare that human beings are said to "durer".
I believe it would have been more clever to translate 'il' by 'it':
- cette pile dure longtemps (this battery lasts long)
- l'entretien dure depuis 1 heure (the interview has lasted for 1 hour)
I'm sorry if I'm repeating something, I couldn't find this anywhere in the discussion. Dur is still confusing me, because if it's "he last's" wouldn't it be Il dur (no 'e')? This is what I inputted and seem to have gotten wrong. on the duolingo word list it doesn't show anything about conjugations, but is that why it has an E aftewards? Thanks!
Sweet, that's what I thought! Duolingo wasn't telling me the conjugations for Dure, so assuming I only have the word as an adjective on my words list. You can't look at all the words internally through duolingo can you? Or do they just pop up as you go through the lesson? Thanks again for the wisdom! ;)
Asutayb In this case last is an adverb, giving additional information about the position in the race. If he or she reaches the end of the race, he or she lasts the race, or rather he or she lasted the race, in other words he or she endured the race. The context of the sentence will determine the meaning of last, lasts, lasted.