Haiti's story of independence

Haiti was the first French colony to gain independence, thanks in large part thanks to one man. Below the video you'll find our bilingual reader - click any French phrase for the translation and links to related grammar lessons.

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TomC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Participle agreement

In the phrase 'ils se sont donné le mot' why is donné not plural ?

Asked 8 months ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

It isn't plural because the COD is le mot, and it comes after the participle. The reflexive pronoun se is only the COI (indirect object).

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

The 2nd link is to a Wikipedia article. The first link is to a recent answer from Céline, which I think is the best detailed commentary with examples on this topic that I have come across - it should be included/linked in relevant lessons.

https://french.kwiziq.com/questions/view/je-me-suis-fait-above-should-be-je-me-suis-faite-to-be-comsistent

 

 

 

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_verbs#Past_participle_agreement

 

 

Participle agreement

In the phrase 'ils se sont donné le mot' why is donné not plural ?

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