"They are among us!"

Translation:Elles sont parmi nous !

December 20, 2012



Why is "ils sont parmi nous" correct, but "ils sont entre nous" is not? Is the latter a problem in duolingo, or is it indeed wrong to use "entre"?

December 20, 2012


Actually, spenceworth is wrong, it would indeed be "ils sont entre nous", but that would be "they are between us", not "among us".

December 8, 2013


I seem to remember Sitesurf saying that putting d'entre rather than entre would change its meaning from between to among but I could be wrong. Is this correct or not?

February 14, 2014


You can use it in some cases, but this is not one of them. See http://fr.wiktionary.org/wiki/d%E2%80%99entre for more information.

February 14, 2014


They are between us means you and another person (or a few) are standing, with "them" in the middle of you. (Or it could be used more emotionally, to mean pulling you and the other person apart, that "they" have come between you, but that would almost always require the "come")

They are among us is a general phrase, such as e.g. "fans of the rival team...they are among us!" as in they exist in the same area we do.

Research a bit on the nuance difference between "among" versus "between" and the 2 vs many distinction. It may help.

April 4, 2014


Isn't entre between?

June 8, 2014


Does anyone else think of aliens and such? :)

March 11, 2015


Yup. Or zombies...

November 17, 2018


What is the difference between parmi and milieu

August 1, 2015


I think this is wrong that we should choose both, as parmi and milieu are not the same thing. Parmi means "among" but "au milieu de" means in the middle. When we say in English that we are among friends, we don't mean we are exactly in the middle of friends. So "au milieu de" seems more specific and often more physically located than "parmi".

I like to get an answer from mods or course writers.

November 12, 2016


i agree

December 17, 2016


I wrote ce sont parmi nous and it was wrong. I know there is probably a rule why but I don't get it.

January 18, 2015


"ce" was wrong, it means "this" which needs a noun afterwards

April 3, 2016


Mon dieu. Où sont Mulder et Scully?

April 27, 2016


Why not "ils nous sont parmi"

February 14, 2015


You gave a yoda-ian answer !

November 13, 2016


It's just the wrong word order. You can't just jumble words into a sentence in any order you like.

June 18, 2015


Is it possible to use the direct object pronoun here? So would "Il nous sont parmi" be wrong?

June 11, 2015


That doesn't make any sense. There is no direct object in that sentence. There is never a direct object of the verb "to be".

"Parmi" is a preposition; after a preposition, you use a stressed pronoun - parmi nous, parmi vous, parmi eux, parmi elles.


June 18, 2015


Why am I reminded of "The Invasion of the Body Snatchers"?

July 28, 2015


ce sont entre nous?

April 27, 2016


ce is for an object and not for a person

December 17, 2016


"Ce" alone, without a noun, doesn't work for people. You can find "ce" in constructions like "c'est" (singular) and "ce sont" (plural), which are equivalent to "there is/are", so these constructions would be followed be nominal groups "ce sont des professionnels", "ce sont des chiens sauvages", "c'est un livre",...

December 18, 2016


Why is "elles sont nous parmi" wrong?

April 29, 2016


Only because you have put your words in an incorrect order. Parmi is a preposition ; if there is an English phrase saying that "a preposition is a very bad word to end up a sentence with", in French it is more than bad - it is impossible.

October 28, 2016


among is just too loose a translation for au milieu de by DL's usual standards - parmi is accurate. I've reported it...much good it will do!

May 31, 2017


When are you allowed to use 'chez' for 'among'? ('Chez' was one of the hints)

September 28, 2017


I must admit I never wondered about this one, but I'd say you can use "chez" for "among" when talking about a community even as reduced as a family - as opposed to a home/house.

September 29, 2017
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