Salut! S'il vous plait ,Is this sentence correct?'

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Sharon

Kwiziq community member

28 August 2017

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Salut! S'il vous plait ,Is this sentence correct?'

Salut! Si'vous plait ,Is this sentence correct?' Je vais leur demander que quel chose? I am going to ask them something?

This relates to:
Replacing people with lui, leur = him, her, them (indirect object pronouns) -

Ron

Kwiziq community member

28 August 2017

28/08/17

Bonjour Sharon,
Perhaps there is a typo in the French phrase, if that's not the case then this is how I would phrase it:
Je vais leur demander quelque chose ?
Yes, the indirect object pronoun goes between «vais» and «demander» since one would not say «leur vais demander». I don't like to use online translators but I have not seen this structure before. It did translate it as «I would ask them» but I have no idea how that would translate like that. Rest assured that there is a lot of misleading information about French language on the internet and I think this translation is probably one.
Bonne chance et bonne continuation,
Bonne chance.

Sharon

Kwiziq community member

28 August 2017

28/08/17

Bonjour Ron,
D'accord. Merci . I take it from you that it literally means "i would ask them"?. Not "i would ask them something"?.... Just want to be sure my sentence in french is properly phrased and its translation in english..
Merci beaucoup!

Ron

Kwiziq community member

28 August 2017

28/08/17

«Je vais leur demander que quel chose» this is the phrase you typed in your question; however, I took it to mean «je vais leur demander quelque chose» --> I am going to ask them something.
Pardon my confusing statement. When I ran «je leur vais demander» that came back as I would ask them; however, in French the elegant and proper way of stating that is:
«je voudrais leur demander» or similarly «je voudrais leur demander quelque chose»
It was not my intent to provide a confusing example. As can be read, the indirect object pronoun still precedes demander and not voudrais.
I hope that helps.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

29 August 2017

29/08/17

Bonjour Sharon !

So just to sum up:
Je vais leur demander quelque chose. = I'm going to ask them something.

This is a perfectly correct sentence :)

Bonne journée !

Sharon

Kwiziq community member

29 August 2017

29/08/17

Bonjour Aurelie, Merci beaucoup! Glad to know my sentence is correct. Je suis encouragè.

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