pourquoi ma chatte s'est-elle léchée la patte?

jennifer

Kwiziq community member

11 April 2019

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pourquoi ma chatte s'est-elle léchée la patte?

should there be a second 'e' on léchée in this case as the noun comes after the verb?

This question relates to:
French lesson "Forming inverted questions with reflexive verbs in Le Passé Composé"

Chris

Kwiziq community member

12 April 2019

12/04/19

I would agree with you: the reflexive pronoun is indirect and the noun (la patte) is direct. In this case the participle would not get accorded to the direct object. This would be parallel to the sentence:

Elles se sont lavé les cheveux. -- They washed their hair, given in https://www.thoughtco.com/french-accented-capitals-4085546

I have it on good authority, though, that a lot of French native speakers have trouble with this also. :)

jennifer

Kwiziq community member

12 April 2019

12/04/19

Yes, well it does seem to go against the rule!  Thank you (I will keep making that mistake though, lucky I don't have a cat). 

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

22 April 2019

22/04/19

Merci à tous !

It was indeed a mistake, and has now been fixed thanks to you :)

jennifer

Kwiziq community member

23 April 2019

23/04/19

hehe - glad to help!! 

Sandy

Kwiziq community member

13 June 2019

13/06/19

It doesn't seem to be fixed yet (13 june 2019). I just spent several minutes trying to figure it out (before seeing these messages).

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