I am struggling with this too

PattyC1Kwiziq community member

I am struggling with this too

I always learnt that: " I went up the ladder was" took the verb "être"

Je suis allée jusqu'a l'echelle

Why is it in your example with "avoir". "I went up the stairs"

"J'ai monté les escaliers"??

Asked 10 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Patty,

Indeed with ‘échelle’ you will use ‘être’ as in -

Je suis monté à l’échelle/ Je suis monté sur une échelle 

But in the case on ‘monter les escaliers’ , ‘les escaliers’ is the direct object of ‘monter’ which makes the verb transitive requiring it to take ‘avoir’.

Very confusing I know....

I am struggling with this too

I always learnt that: " I went up the ladder was" took the verb "être"

Je suis allée jusqu'a l'echelle

Why is it in your example with "avoir". "I went up the stairs"

"J'ai monté les escaliers"??

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