When to use avec ?

When to use avec ?

Why in the sentence, "On ne doit pas parler la bouche pleine." is avec not used before 'la bouche pleine" ? Is there a rule to guide us on when to use or not use avec ?
This question relates to:French lesson "On = we, one, people"
Asked 2 years ago
AurélieKwiziq language super starCorrect answer
Bonjour Johnnie !

With most expressions regarding body parts - with your eyes shut, with your mouth full... - in French, you will not use avec, and simply the definite article (le/la/les) rather than the possessive:

Je dors les yeux fermés.
I sleep with my eyes shut.

Elle le regarde la bouche ouverte.

She's looking at him with her mouth open.

Have a look at our related lesson:
https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/revision/grammar/using-le-la-les-with-body-parts-and-clothing-definite-articles

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

When to use avec ?

Why in the sentence, "On ne doit pas parler la bouche pleine." is avec not used before 'la bouche pleine" ? Is there a rule to guide us on when to use or not use avec ?

Sign in to submit your answer

Don't have an account yet? Join today

Find your French level for FREE

Test your French to the CEFR standard

Find your French level >>
Ask a question
How has your day been?