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So much about this I don't understand. To start with. Je me suis fait faire les ongles.

Susan

Kwiziq community member

8 August 2017

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So much about this I don't understand. To start with. Je me suis fait faire les ongles.

Why is it fait not faire or even fais? Also why les ongles and not mes ongles?

This relates to:
Faire + L'Infinitif = to have something done (causative) -

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

8 August 2017

8/08/17

Bonjour Susan,

The basic construction is faire + infinitive = to have something done

Se faire + infinitive = to have someone done to/for oneself

Je me suis fait faire is the past tense = I had something done to myself (fait is the past participle)

Since it's obvious that the ongles belong to me, the definite article is used - see Using le, la, les with body parts

Susan

Kwiziq community member

8 August 2017

8/08/17

Thanks Laura, a big help.

Erlinda

Kwiziq community member

2 December 2017

2/12/17

As to the first part of your question, it is my understanding that someone else is doing my nails (I don't know if I'm right), that's why "fait"--3rd person singular.
As to "les ongles," just like in Spanish, one does not say "mes ongles" when referring ot one's body part. One says "les."

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