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French grammar questions

thekatmorgan
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Why is it "Il va demander a son pere"

  • He will ask his father

What role does the "a" have here?

Merci de m'apporter

-Thanks for bringing me

Can someone explain why it's "de" and not "pour'

(Please excuse lack of accents)

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII
BastouXII
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If you omitted the preposition (à), Il va demander son père, the sentence means "He will ask for his father".

demander = request / ask something or ask for something
demander à = request / ask from someone

Example : il demande du pain à son frère = "He asks his brother for (some) bread"

Prepositions never correspond from a language to another (when it does, it's pure coincidence). Don't search a reason for it, you'll save yourself a lot of trouble. This is true for every language, even amongst ones from the same group : romance, slavic, german languages, etc. Their prepositions will always have differences that reason or grammar can't explain.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/thekatmorgan
thekatmorgan
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Awesome explanation thanks!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lindakanga
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You are a legend BastouXII. Very well explained that even I can understand. Thank you :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/angrybunny

In french you ask/tell To someone. Just like you speak TO someone. As for merci de just remember that thanks for is always merci de.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/thekatmorgan
thekatmorgan
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Ahh that makes a lot of sense re: demander now. Thanks! Is there a reason for it being Merci de or is it just one of those weird irregularities you have to accept and learn?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/angrybunny

This is an interesting read for the merci de/pour question.

http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=29295

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/thekatmorgan
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Just what I needed- thanks!

4 years ago