"Elle a passé un examen d'anglais."

Translation:She took an English exam.

December 26, 2012



This is confusing me. Did she sit, take, attend or pass the exam? 'Pass' means she was successful in the exam, the others that she merely attempted it.

January 6, 2013


"Passer un examen" means simply that she took/sat the exam, it doesn't imply anything about how she did. If you want to say that she passed (ie was successful) you'd use réussir

April 25, 2013


So why is "pass" given as a possible translation for "passé"?

May 25, 2018


"Passer" can mean "to pass" in the sense of passing by a place or a point, or for time to pass. Those definitions don't work in this sentence.

July 7, 2019


Could I have put "She wrote an English exam"?

July 31, 2015


It's not idiomatic in English (but I realise it is in some languages). In English, 'she wrote an essay' (possibly as part of an exam), but 'she took an exam'. After all, if it was multiple choice, she may not have written anythign - just coloured in little circles. It could even have been an oral exam...

November 20, 2015


OK, actually, it seems "write an exam" is common in Canada. I found some examples on Canadian university websites. (Most other uses of "write an exam" refer to the teacher creating the exam.)

Can any Canadians confirm this?

November 20, 2015


I'm from Toronto, and we say that the teacher/prof makes the exam, and the students write it.

March 5, 2016


I had no idea Canada used such different phrasing for that! In the US "wrote the exam" would be what the teacher does and the students take it.

June 8, 2018


I am from western Canada, and have always heard (and said) the students write an exam. The teacher usually sets, creates, or makes the exam.

February 9, 2019


yes, you are right!

August 20, 2018


Same in England! Candidates "take" an exam... but are also said to "sit an exam."

February 1, 2019


And "passed" is wrong??

November 14, 2015


Different meaning - "She passed an exam" means she was successful - she got over 50%, or whatever the 'pass mark' was.

November 20, 2015


Yes, "passed" is wrong. "To pass an exam" is « réussir (à) un examen. »

August 14, 2018


This seems ambiguous to me. Did she take an exam (maybe a physics exam?) in the English language? Or an exam on the subject of the English language or literature? Could it have been an exam of the English language taken at a French school?

May 7, 2018


An exam in the English language would be « un examen en anglais » ; « un examen d'anglais » unambiguously means "an English exam" (an exam on the subject of English), no matter where it's taken.

August 14, 2018


I put "she has passed an English exam" which I think means the same as an exam in English. Please correct me if I am wrong!

March 5, 2016


"Passer un examen" only means to write the exam, not necessarily to pass it. If you do actually pass, you would use "réussir (à) un examen".

March 5, 2016


So, definitely not the same usage as US English in this sentence.

June 5, 2019


As I usually say, "faux ami is a ❤❤❤❤❤".

May 31, 2018


Earlier "Il a passe un examen d'anglais" gave me a correct answer of "He has sat an English test". Why then does it say it is incorrect to use this "She has sat an English test" for this phrase? Please explain why this is so inconsistent.

September 3, 2018


"She has sat an English exam" is not accepted; "She sat an English exam" is.

February 6, 2019
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