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Le futur antérieur

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Le futur antérieur

This test question required the correct definition: 'Elle aura pu finir son travail' and I put 'She will have been able to finish her work'. But the correct answer is 'She will be able to finish her work'.  I'm a bit confused (as ever) because above is an example - 'Tu auras pu chanter sur scène' which translates as 'You will have been able to sing on stage'.  So is it will have been or will be able?  Help!

Asked 3 years ago
Alan G.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

The correct answer is 'She will have been able to finish her work'. I've just tried the question myself, and it was marked correct. I think you must have accidentally chosen the other answer. Sometimes when that happens you can get confused about which is the correct answer.

Chris W.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

I think you're absolutely right: Elle aura pu...is futur antérieur. The English rendition is: She will have been able...

But note: there isn't always a 1:1 correspondence between times in English and French. Sometimes it's better either stylistically or grammatically to use a different time.

Le futur antérieur

This test question required the correct definition: 'Elle aura pu finir son travail' and I put 'She will have been able to finish her work'. But the correct answer is 'She will be able to finish her work'.  I'm a bit confused (as ever) because above is an example - 'Tu auras pu chanter sur scène' which translates as 'You will have been able to sing on stage'.  So is it will have been or will be able?  Help!

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