So couramment goes in front of the noun?

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diana

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1 July 2017

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So couramment goes in front of the noun?

This question relates to:
French lesson "Forming adverbs from adjectives ending in -ant and -ent"

Ron

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1 July 2017

1/07/17

Bonjour Diana, «So couramment goes in front of the noun?» In a word, no. A general rule of thumb is this: an adverb follows the verb. https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/my-languages/french/view/125 Here's the take away from this lesson: Notice that in simple sentences, adverbs are placed right after the verb. You will notice that this states in simple sentences, and of course like everything else in français, there are exceptions which is my reasoning for stating that it is a general rule of thumb.

Beverley

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2 July 2017

2/07/17

For example He speaks French fluently. = Il parle francais couramment and He is fluent = Il parle couramment. Beverley

diana

Kwiziq community member

2 July 2017

2/07/17

HI again, I think there may be a similar example somewhere on your site, but I can't find it, so I took this from somewhere else. "Cette expression française qui date du dix-neuvième siècle est couramment utilisée de nos jours. " Couramment is before the verb, and the meaning changes.

Ron

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3 July 2017

3/07/17

Actually couramment is in the middle of the compound verb structure "est utilisée"

Beverley

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3 July 2017

3/07/17

Comme d'habitude avec des adverbes?

Ron

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3 July 2017

3/07/17

Merci, Beverley.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

6 July 2017

6/07/17

Bonjour Beverley !

In French, adverbs tend to be quite flexible :)
We teach the main rule as this is always correct, but then you can sometimes have some "poetic licence", especially in short sentences.

In the case you mentioned, both placements are correct in French:
"Je parle couramment (le) français."
or
"Je parle (le) français couramment."

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt!

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