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

"Il parle, merci !"

December 18, 2012

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

No, he is not saying thank you. The verb 'parler' is not transitive. Translation is 'he is talking, thank you'.


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

This does not translate to "He says, thank you!" that would have been "Il dit, merci!"


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

Yeah, I thought he was saying to someone else to shut it because another person was speaking lol


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

You're right: this is the perfect situation to say this sentence.


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

That's what I thought, too. lol


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

I agree, I don't think this is correct. I think it should be "Il dit". You do not say "He speaks, thank you".


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

Parler can be transitive and intransitive. In the transitive case you are discussing one's ability to "speak" or a subject of which you are speaking.

"Elle parle très bien (le) français." - is a transitive sentence.

I don't think this lesson applies though. I would agree with "Il dit, merci !"


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

Agreed on the dual transitive/intransitive possibilities of verb " parler". However, here, with the comma after "il parle", the person saying "merci" is not the one who speaks. if you want to mean "he says thank you", you don't use a comma and you say "il dit merci" or "il dit : merci". And the verb is "dire", not "parler".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/monicamary89

Yes, parle means speaks!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/therealdrag0

I got marked off for putting "merci" in quotes. That seems silly.


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

I usually see French dialoguein <<>>, not that I think it would mark differently.


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

That would only make sense if it translated as <he says "thank you">, i.e., if the speaker was reporting what someone else was saying, but it translates as <he is speaking, thank you>.

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