Susan asked: " doesn't être+descendre mean come down from AND get off of?"

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Susan asked: " doesn't être+descendre mean come down from AND get off of?"

"Jacques est descendu du haricot magique." (Jack got off the magic beanstalk.)
Asked 2 years ago
AurélieKwiziq team member
Hello Susan ! The nuance here is as such: "être descendu" can mean "to come down (from)" in the sense of leaving (something), such as "I came down from the attic" which implies leaving the attic. However, "avoir descendu" would be "to come down (something)", as in being on something and sliding/climbing/going down it. Therefore here to say "Jack came down the magic beanstalk." (i.e. progressed down its surface), you would say "Jacques A descendu le haricot magique.". I hope that's helpful! À bientôt !
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Aha. Merci.

Susan asked: " doesn't être+descendre mean come down from AND get off of?"

"Jacques est descendu du haricot magique." (Jack got off the magic beanstalk.)

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