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"Sir, your dog sat on my feet."

Translation:Monsieur, votre chien s'est assis sur mes pieds.

July 6, 2020

9 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John54715

Why isn't "Monsieur, ton chien s'est assis sur mes pieds" accepted?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jojo553168

You don't say tu to someone you call monsieur.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmineHadji1

Although grammatically correct, the combination "Monsieur, ton ..." sounds extremely odd. Basically, combining a form of respect or formality (e.g. the use of Monsieur) with a form of colloquialism or informality (e.g. the use of the tu form) doesn't sound natural.

It is present in some cases: (i) among non-native speakers, but that can be seen as the influence of their native language in French (ii) when one wants to express sarcasm/irony in order to show that one does not want to show the due respect they should (imagine saying for instance "Would you mind shut the **** up, please?") (iii) among people in state of intoxication (e.g. people under the influence of some medication)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John54715

Got it. Thanks.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lizz658877

I was always told that you couldn't personalise parts of the body, ie les pieds and not mes pieds????


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmineHadji1

Of course you can personalize parts of the body. You generally don't when it's clear from the context to whom they are. Here, if you use "les pieds", it sounds as if the dog sat on some loose feet it found somewhere. It sounds very strange not to use mes = my


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

why isn't it "assi" for the past participle?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmineHadji1

The past participle of asseoir is assis (with an S; the S is part of the past participle). assi doesn't exist

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