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Conseils pratiques pour profiter des marchés de Noël

December is a wonderful time to be in France thanks to the famous Christmas markets. Here's some practical advice to help you maximise your enjoyment and minimise hassles.
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Q&A relating to this exercise 2 questions, 8 answers

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

les grandes villes comme Strasbourg offrent même (un pass)

Suggest the translation of 'offrent' in this sentence should be 'offer' - 'Big cities even offer (a pass) . . .' as 'propose (a pass) . . .' doesn't quite fit.


Asked 2 months ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Maarten,

You are absolutely right! The translation now includes 'offer' instead of 'propose.

Merci et bonne journée !

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Maarten,

Sorry, but I don't understand your point. "Les grandes villes...." --  elles offrent (verb offrir)

Jim

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

It’s in the translation Jim - the big cities “propose” is not the best English translation.

MarkC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Agree.. that is not English but I think I can see where it is coming from.. suggest you get?.. implicit in the French but not in the translation.

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Yes, Mark agree, “suggest using/taking/buying” etc also possible. There are others. And ‘propose’ is understandable, even though not what would mostly be used in English. “Proposer” in the French version would fit though, I think, so a touch of “faux ami” perhaps.

Translation is always subjective - just read a great article (audio link below) on how translators affected the events of World War 2, and many other major points in history, by their choice of translation, or not including the possibility of alternatives, where no direct translation was possible. Fortunately nothing like that on the line here! 

https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/latenightlive/translators-who-changed-the-world/13440750

MarkC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Thanks for the link.. fascinating.. wonder who supplied the Japanese with that interpretation?

And does not have to be a different language.. the UK and US have often been referred to as two nations separated by a common language.

les grandes villes comme Strasbourg offrent même (un pass)

Suggest the translation of 'offrent' in this sentence should be 'offer' - 'Big cities even offer (a pass) . . .' as 'propose (a pass) . . .' doesn't quite fit.


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BrianC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Subjunctive needed?

Hi, in the first section, why is it “que j’ai réunis” instead of “que j’aie réunis”? I thought that the verb following “que” needed to be in the subjunctive. 

Thanks, Brian

Asked 11 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Brian, 

The sentence is -

"Voici quelques astuces et conseils que j'ai réunis pour vous ""Here are a few tips and pieces of advice that I gathered for you" 

Here is the Kwiziq lesson which talks about 'que',  a relative pronoun, linking two clauses together. As you will see from the many examples, there is no need for any subjunctive here.

https://french.kwiziq.com/revision/grammar/when-to-use-que-to-say-whom-which-or-that-relative-pronouns

Bonne Continuation!

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

The presence of  a relative pronoun to commence a dependent clause - que or qui - is necessary but not sufficient for the subjunctive to be required. There is no doubt or uncertainty etc here. It is statement of fact: 'here are (things) that I have (gathered)'. 

https://www.lawlessfrench.com/grammar/subjunctive/

Subjunctive needed?

Hi, in the first section, why is it “que j’ai réunis” instead of “que j’aie réunis”? I thought that the verb following “que” needed to be in the subjunctive. 

Thanks, Brian

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