Chaud ou froid ?

Too hot or too cold? Luc and Amélie discuss their preferences in this A2 bilingual text. 
After listening to the audio, click any word for the English translation and links to related grammar lessons.

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Q&A relating to this exercise 6 questions, 12 answers

TedA1Kwiziq community member

Comment est-ce qu'un faire quand un a le rheum?

Asked 3 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Ted,

 If you want to ask 

ce que quelqu'un doit faire quand on a le rhume ?

je pense que la réponse est :

parler avec un  pharmacien ou un docteur. 

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Ted,

As I understand your query   --  In order to avoid this condition (rheum) it seems that she needs to remain in the south of the country because she suffers from this problem only when she goes north.

Not sure if this helps you or not?

Jim

Comment est-ce qu'un faire quand un a le rheum?

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AndreaB2Kwiziq community member

donc je suis habitué au soleil

I would like to know more about the use of past participles as adjectives. Could you please help me .

Asked 4 months ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

 Bonjour Andrea,

Past participles can be used as adjectives: on their own, after the verb of state ‘être’. They need to agree in gender and in number with the word they refer to.

Les enfants épuisés par le voyage… = the children tired out by the journey…

Les enfants sont fatigués = the children are tired

 See link here: le-participe-passe-past-participle

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée !

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Andrea,

Try here:-

https://www.lawlessfrench.com/grammar/past-participle/#:~:text=The%20past%20participle%20is%20a,ed%20or%20%2Den%20in%20English.

Hope it helps.

Jim

donc je suis habitué au soleil

I would like to know more about the use of past participles as adjectives. Could you please help me .

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DanielleC1Kwiziq community member

Adjectif apposé?

Salut,

Je préfère la chaleur parce que je suis frileuse. 

Mes questions:

1: Comment ça se fait que "descend" est suivi par "de" dans le text?

2: Je pense que "petit" est un adjectif apposé, mais où est le nom qu'il complète?

Merci

Asked 5 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Danielle,

1. This had me thinking ... we use the preposition 'de' after descendre ( and monter) when it indicates a change in measure like degrees in this instance. 

Quand la température descend/monte  de quelques degrés = When the temperature goes down/goes up by a few degrees

You could also say -

Sébastien a grandi de plusieurs centimètres cette année Sebastian grew by several centimeters this year 

Ma tante a grossi de 10kg pendant le confinement My aunt has put on 10 kg during the lockdown 

2. Petit, here, refers to the speaker Luc who is a male.

Hope this helps!

 

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Danielle, 

Happy to help, but are you aware that these questions can be answered by clicking on the text?

"petit"  --> "from being small/young"  "Descend"  "(by) several degrees"

Suggest you revisit the text, click and confirm my translation above.

Hope this helps.

Jim

Adjectif apposé?

Salut,

Je préfère la chaleur parce que je suis frileuse. 

Mes questions:

1: Comment ça se fait que "descend" est suivi par "de" dans le text?

2: Je pense que "petit" est un adjectif apposé, mais où est le nom qu'il complète?

Merci

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LixinA0Kwiziq community member

pointe le bout de son nez

Bonjour Cécile

I thinker "pointe" here is the verb "pointer",  usually we user the finger to point, I can not imagine the sun points its nose tip since usually we think the sun has only the face.

Lixin

Asked 5 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Lixin,

I am not sure if I have understood your query but here goes -

The expression 'pointer son nez' means to make an appearance ( to poke one's head out).

It is used 'figuratively' and can be applied to people and here to the sun although we know it doesn't have a nose, incidentally it doesn't eyes or a face either.

Just as an aside, I would use - 

montrer du doigt 

for 'to point' to something or someone.

Hope this helps!

LixinA0Kwiziq community member

Merci Cécile. The idiom is always difficult to learn in each language. 

Quand Cécile pointera le bout de son nez, les étudiants ont trouvé la réponse.

pointe le bout de son nez

Bonjour Cécile

I thinker "pointe" here is the verb "pointer",  usually we user the finger to point, I can not imagine the sun points its nose tip since usually we think the sun has only the face.

Lixin

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DebraA1Kwiziq community member

Je prefere l'hiver parce qu'il est froid et il y a beaucoup de neige.

Asked 5 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Debra, 

Je vois que vous avez choisi le froid au chaud.

Une petite correction -

... parce qu'il fait froid 

Talking about the weather with il fait + [adjective]

Bonne Continuation!

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Debra,

What is your question?

Jim

Je prefere l'hiver parce qu'il est froid et il y a beaucoup de neige.

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PatrickA2Kwiziq community member

Petit, quand nous rendions visite...

Est-ce que les français emploient souvent des mots comme "petit" devant quand. Par exemple, pourrais-je écrire "Saoul, quand j'ai bu trop de vin, je ne me sens pas bien"

Asked 5 months ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Patrick,

"Saoul, quand j'ai bu trop de vin..." doesn't work. However, you will encounter sentences such as the one above ("Petit, quand ...") in written work, such as novels and would be translated the same way as Jim's.

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée !

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Patrick,

Petit, quand nous rendions visite à .....

As children, (or as a child) when we paid a visit to .....

Hope this helps.

Jim

Petit, quand nous rendions visite...

Est-ce que les français emploient souvent des mots comme "petit" devant quand. Par exemple, pourrais-je écrire "Saoul, quand j'ai bu trop de vin, je ne me sens pas bien"

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