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"Be kind to the butcher; he has a knife!"

Translation:Sois gentil avec le boucher, il a un couteau !

May 16, 2020

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jeff406235

As an English speaker, my instinct would be to say" Sois gentil au boucher" as opposed to "sois gentil avec le boucher". Does the first expression sound clunky to a French ear? Is the use of "avec" in this instance something that simply has to be memorized or are there any general principles regarding selection of the correct preposition? thanks


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

Sorry, "être gentil *à" is not French. In French you are "gentil/méchant /patient/sévère... avec quelqu'un".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jeff406235

thank you very much for the clarification!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Margot303722

Thankyou, Choracavaco, for your clear explanation.

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