Except that French pantomimes are nothing like English pantomimes. I have seen two and nobody said anything. They were pantoMIMES!
Oh! no! They're not!....... Oh! Yes they are!.......Oh! No they're not!............ Oh! Yes they are!
Ever been to a pantomime Aisado? Not one reaches the finale without "He's behind you!" Oh no he's not! Oh yes he is!" tradition. That's all. Sorry Duo. I very rarely "Do" clutter.
I thought 'elle' could only be a subject, not an object, like 'she' in English. We wouldn't say 'The cat is behind she', after all. So, my question is, if I'm wrong on that count, then how many other subject pronouns in French can be used as objects?
Pronouns in French are very complex and will vary according to their use in a sentence. The following sentence shows objects of prepositions, using derriere: La voiture est derriere moi (The car is behind me)...derriere toi (behind you, singular or familiar) derriere elle (behind her), derriere lui (behind him), derriere nous (behind us), derriere vous (behind you, plural or formal), derriere elles (behind them, femininel), derriere eux (behind them, masculine). I need to make a disclaimer: As with any language, there will be exceptions.
Why is "The cat is behind her", "Le chat est derriere elle", instead of "Le chat est derrierre son"?
Because "son" is a modifying adjective; it cannot stand alone. Example: Le chat est derriere son chapeau.
Because "son" is a possesive adjective that means his/her/its and can't stand alone without noun. While "elle" is a complement pronoun that means him/her/it. By the way, some complement pronouns in French are the same (not change) as their subject pronouns: elle, nous, vous, elles
Duo does not like contractions. It is always safer to spell everything out the long way, even if it is annoying to have to do so.
@Gp6am. Well.....I Always use contractions and though the grading takes just a little longer, in all the 2 years I've been here, Duo Always accepts my solution, every time. I'm using a laptop by the way, maybe it is different on another device..............
I have had trouble, especially when it involves noun+'s. Perhaps because that particular contraction is spelled exactly the same way as the possessive. We can tell from the context whether "the cat's X" means that the cat is X, or that X belongs to the cat, but maybe Duo can't. The problem doesn't exist with "it's" because there is an apostrophe in the contraction "it's alive!" but not in the possessive "its new home."
Hmmmm. Interesting. I am well acquaited (as if one could be) with the apostrophe. I hasten to say that in my 2 years here, Duo has never been confused by my use of them. Strange that you've experienced incorrect grading while using them?
It sounds bizarre to me that there is no "de" after derrière. I'm so used to saying de after a lot of things, maybe as a filler while I'm thinking. I'll have to remember that derrière does not have "de" after it!
Why isn't there something between derriere and elle? Like a t'? Since there are 2 vowels together
Ha! Well noticed. You've hit on a slight anomaly -Rodi. Although there are indeed 2 vowels together this is only in written form. If you listen very carefully to the audio you'll hear that "derrier" (sorry I've no accents) actually sounds as though it ends on the "r" consonant. Thus it is left uncompromised.
No. In a few other "exceptions" as well. You will come across them and if you get through them without a mistake which confuses you, then you are far better than I. Bonne Chance!
That would mean the cat is after her, rather than behind her. One conveys a sense of time, the other a sense of position.
The speaker seems to use a liason between chat and est, but I thought that there should be no liason before conjugations of etre. Did I just mishear, or is that nit a rule?
I got this wrong. The corrected sentence showed as: The cat is in her back. Doesn't seem right...
Hello drmandel. At the top of this page here, the solution is The Cat Is Behind Her. There can, at times, be no point in trying to make sense out of Duo's task sentences. You are not a whale. You are not a fly. You are not an ant and turtles do not eat pasta. Best bet is to concentrate on grammar, gender and structure not sense, this is purely a language course, not a holiday phrase book. As regards gender note that the vagina is Masculine, LE Vagin. so much needs to be just memorised, not justified. With respect, JJ.
If it’s only audio, can it also be heard as ‘ Le chat est derrière elles?’ Which then translates to ‘The cat is behind them’