down the stairs to the basement?

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Walter

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15 February 2019

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down the stairs to the basement?

If instead of just going down to the basement to fetch a bottle of wine, she went down THE STAIRS to the basement to fetch the bottle, would you conjugate descendre with etre or avoir?

Walter B.

This question relates to:
French lesson "Descendre can be used with avoir or être in Le Passé Composé... and changes meaning"

Chris

Kwiziq community member

15 February 2019

15/02/19

It would require avoir, because les escaliers are the direct object and descendre is used as a transitive verb.

J'ai descendu les escaliers à la cave.

That's how I would say it.

Walter

Kwiziq community member

16 February 2019

16/02/19

Thanks, Chris.

Walter

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