Passé antérieur and participle

Matilka

Kwiziq community member

11 April 2017

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Passé antérieur and participle

I'm having no luck translating the form, 'il eut heu'. I've run across it (or variations) three times now. It looks like a verb in the passé antérieur but none of the language reference tools I've checked recognise the participle 'heu'. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

18 April 2017

18/04/17

Bonjour Matilka !

"Heu" is definitely not an existing past participle in French. It only exists as an onomatopoeia, used as filler in a conversation (i.e. "hum"):
"Je vais...heu... faire... heu...des pâtes."

The only other form I can think of that looks similar is "Il eut eu" which is "avoir" = He'd had

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

Matilka

Kwiziq community member

18 April 2017

18/04/17

Sorry, I should've sent the text: "Une brève lutte de pouvoir eut heu, ..." also "il avait pu se rendre compte que l'amour...pouvait avoir heu."

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

19 April 2017

19/04/17

Bonjour Matilka !

I don't think the word is "heu" but "lieu", as "avoir lieu" is a fixed expression in French meaning "to happen / to take place" :)

Bonne journée !

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