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J'ai de plus en plus mal à me concentrer

Jennifer

Kwiziq community member

2 December 2017

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J'ai de plus en plus mal à me concentrer

I am just if the me is essential or could it be left out.

This relates to:
De plus en plus de and de moins en moins de = more and more and less and less (comparisons of nouns) -

Ron

Kwiziq community member

2 December 2017

2/12/17

Bonjour Jennifer,
«à me concentrer» is the correct syntaxe for talking about one's own ability to concentrate. Here is the page from the Collins-Robert:
se concentrer
⇒ I couldn't concentrate. ---> Je n'arrivais pas à me concentrer.

J'espère que ma réponse vous aiderait.
Bonne chance et bonne continuation dans vos études en français, la langue de Molière et qui a été utilisée par le monde français depuis l’époque d’Hugues Capet

Ron (un locuteur non natif )

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

4 December 2017

4/12/17

Bonjour Jennifer,

Concentrer is a transitive verb (needs a direct object), as in concentrer son attention. If you don't use a direct object like that, then yes - me is required, as it serves as the direct object.

Jennifer

Kwiziq community member

4 December 2017

4/12/17

Thank you both, the point about the direct object is particularly useful to me as I sometimes struggle in such areas

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