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

Mon cher Antoine, tu vas beaucoup me manquer.

Can someone explain WHY the pronouns are switched on this? There are no notes to explain. Duo translates this as: My dear Antoine, I am going to miss you a lot. Instead of You are going to miss me a lot. This switch of pronouns is confusing. This is in Siblings section. Thank you.

April 9, 2020

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Judit294350

Because "manquer" actually means "to lack". Not "I am going to miss you" but "You will be a lack to me".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jimmy54103

A lot of languages have a few of this type of confusing-looking construction. You just have to remember them as kind of exceptions to the usual word order rules.


French

Tu me manques. (literally: you - to me - are lacking)

---- I miss you.


Polish

Pić mi się chce. (literally: to drink - to me - it is wanting)

--- I am thirsty.


Spanish

Me gustan las nubes. (literally: to me - appeal - the clouds)
--- I like the clouds


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Manuel599019

English is backwards. I always tell my students: if you want to learn English you have to think backwards.


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

It isn't that English is backwards. It's just that English doesn't have a verb that means quite what manquer means: to be lacking or missing from.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/2LearningSpanish

Hi Vicky, think of it as you are (tu vas) going to be missed by me. Tu vas nous manquer. You are going to be missed by us.

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