je suis rentre

CarolC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

je suis rentre

the statement was just je....... rentre, as there was nothing(chez,dansetc) after rentre i used avoir but it was wrong, so why is there sometimes nothing after rentrer when used with etre?please

Asked 2 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Carol,

I cannot find this example in the lesson but on its own 

Je rentre = I am going home 
Je suis rentré/e = I came home / I am home

Hope this helps!

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Carol,

The point to keep in mind is the issue of transitive v intransitive usage.

There is no obligation for an object with être intransitive usage.

The sentence simply expresses a state of "going back in"

Hope this helps

Jim

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

The transitive form of rentrer (the one with avoir) always requires a COD. In the absence of a COD, only the intransitive form (with être) is possible.

Je suis rentré. -- I'm back. (I have returned.)

CarolC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

sorry, whats a 

cod?

CécileKwiziq team member

Hi Carol, 

A COD in French grammar is a 'complément d'objet direct'.

It is what is referred to as a direct object pronoun which is a term you might be more familiar with.

Here is an explanation -

French direct object pronoun

Hope this helps!

je suis rentre

the statement was just je....... rentre, as there was nothing(chez,dansetc) after rentre i used avoir but it was wrong, so why is there sometimes nothing after rentrer when used with etre?please

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