au sous-sol.

sheila

Kwiziq community member

20 November 2016

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au sous-sol.

I understand that we use être w hen certain verbs are followed by a preposition but isn't 'au' as in 'J'ai descendu les boîtes au sous-sol.', a preposition or have I got that wrong - again!

This relates to:
Descendre can be used with avoir or être in Le Passé Composé... and changes meaning -

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

21 November 2016

21/11/16

Bonjour Sheila !

I understand your confusion, but here "au sous-sol" doesn't follow and relate to the verb "descendre". In this sentence, "descendre" is followed by a direct object (to take [something] down), therefore you use "avoir", even though you're adding a location *where* you're taking these boxes.
The meaning is different: it's "to take [something] down [somewhere]" vs "to go down [somewhere]".

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

sheila

Kwiziq community member

21 November 2016

21/11/16

Ok thanks

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