Complicated or what!!!


Kwiziq community member

18 January 2019

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Complicated or what!!!

It seems I am not the only one to have difficulty with these three concepts using rappeler.  I get it wrong in every A2 kwiz.  I think I need a simpler explanation.  I feel brain-dead with it at the moment, so I'm going to leave it and come back later.  That diamond is going to be elusive!

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French lesson "Rappeler (à quelqu'un) = to remind (someone)"


Kwiziq community member

21 January 2019


Marie rappelle ma soeur à ma mère. -- Marie reminds my mother of my sister.

The problem with this construction is that the grammatical roles of the sister and the mother are different in French and English. 

French: Marie recalls my sister to my mother. -- Sister=direct object, mother=indirect object.English: Marie reminds my mother of my sister. -- Mother=direct object, sister=indirect object.

Further confusion usually arises when a personal pronoun is used for one or the other person because in this case the personal pronoun moves to a new place in the sentence, according to the rules of word order for pronouns:

Marie la rappelle à ma mère. -- Marie reminds my mother of her.Marie lui rappelle ma soeur. -- Marie reminds her of my sister.Marie la lui rappelle. -- Marie reminds her of her.

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