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  5. "Lisez-ça."


Translation:Read this.

December 15, 2012



I am puzzled by the hyphen. I got this as a translation French-to-English. Had it been the other way around, or the audio, I would certainly have written "Lisez ça." Is that wrong?


My understanding is that everytime there is a direct object pronoun in the imperative that it will be hyphenated. E.g. Appelle-moi would be Call me. The hyphen serves a useful purpose because only in the non-negated imperative mood is a direct object pronoun placed after the verb instead of before. Hence the similarity to the hyphen in the subject-verb inversion which is the other main case where word ordering is changed.


After a lot of (virtual) footwork, I have determined that the "direct object" rule does not apply to demonstrative pronouns (ça, cela, ceci...).


I don't get the hyphen either. Hopefully it's a mistake.


I think it's a mistake too.


I hope irl french people arent as incomprehensible as these computer voice translations.


I tried listening to radio and television in French, just to train my listening comprehension, but it is so difficult... I just feel like my reading comprehension is at a much higher level and it's a bit weird.


That will definitely be the case because of the way we are learning. I finished this tree in August, and I am just now finding the confidence to have conversations with native speakers. I find that I have to write a sentence down before I can recite it, especially if it's rather complex. N'abandonne pas ! Tu peux y arriver.

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I too have the same problem .


This is the first time I've seen ça connected to the verb with a hyphen.


Yeah, it's wrong.


I wish that the spoken questions posted translations after completion. Or before.


I wrote disez ca and it was given as correct!


I was given almost correct. Even knowing what it's supposed to be, it still sounds like "Disez-ça" to me.


It's written "Lisez ça" and not "Lisez-ça". ;)


Hello, that was me over on HiNative, thanks for the help. And now we know - no hyphen with demonstrative pronouns!

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