Au fil des siècles, on est ________ des prédateurs. Why is the answer " resté "

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stephen

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12 February 2018

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Au fil des siècles, on est ________ des prédateurs. Why is the answer " resté "

and not " restés ", "On" in this question implies that "we" the humans, which is plural.

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Agreeing past participle with 'on' (compound tenses) -

Chris

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12 February 2018

12/02/18

Yes, but unless it is a personal "we" (as in me, my wife and the kids) you don't use the plural. 

 

On est allés en vacances. -- We went on vacation. 

On est allé à la lune. -- We went to the moon (we=humanity. )

 

-- Chis (not a native speaker). 

Almut

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30 August 2018

30/08/18

I believe I understand the general principle. However, in the sentence given by stephen it seems contradictory to me that it then goes on with a plural "des prédateurs". To me this indicates that the "on" is a real plural and the participle should be "restés".

Chris

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30 August 2018

30/08/18

no matter, Almut. The impersonal "on" will always take the participle in singular to distinguish it from the more personal "on" meaning "we". 

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