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French Grammar Explained
The gerund (way and simultaneity)
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Can I ask you a question?
Oui, bien sûr !
Est-ce que tu parles
Do you talk while you're asleep?
Yes and apparently I speak French! Haha, just kidding...
Okay... another question:
Est-ce que tu as déjà réussi un examen
Have you ever passed an exam by cheating?
I won't say anything without my lawyer.
Relax, I am just trying to illustrate some grammar points here.
Yes, let's talk grammar, shall we? What do the letters in purple mean?
Bonne question !
Let's focus on the sense of those two sentences first. In the first one, what actions are you supposedly doing?
Hm... I see two actions:
Oui, c'est ça. And in the second sentence?
Yes, now look carefully at those two sentences and tell me in which one you are doing things
and in which one a verb explains '
' the other action has been done.
Hm... in the first sentence, I do the
two actions at the same time
and in the second one, I 'passed the exam
cheating'... but come on, I was young, I wouldn't do that anymore!
! The gerund can be used to express different things but for now we are focusing on these two. This is how you form it:
the 1st person plural of the present tense +
Nous partons → part
Just be careful with these three verbs because they like to do their own thing:
Voilà ! Maintenant, on va pratiquer le gérondif
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