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Stuart asked: "Could we not also say "une valeur sûre" as well as "une valeur certaine"? "

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

11 November 2016

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Stuart asked: "Could we not also say "une valeur sûre" as well as "une valeur certaine"? "

Sa collection de tableaux a une ___ . (His painting collection has sure value.)

This relates to:
Certain = specific / sure (adjectives that change meaning according to position) -

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

11 November 2016

11/11/16

Bonjour Stuart !

That's an interesting case!
Indeed, "une valeur sûre" could seem to be a possible synonym here for "une valeur certaine", however they don't actually mean the same thing in French.

​Look at this sentence:
"Fais-moi confiance, c'est une valeur sûre !" (Trust me, it's a safe bet / a sure thing / a valued asset!)
​Note that you use it with "être", and would never say "avoir une valeur sûre".

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

Phillip

Kwiziq community member

31 December 2017

31/12/17

Hi Aurélie,
That's a tricky point; I think most anglophones would use the two (certain , sure) interchangeably. You might consider integrating it in a quiz or placing a note in one of the lessons.
Keep up the good work !

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