Bien que mon père et moi ayons passé etc. À l'aube, mon père et moi nous étions aventurés etc

PamelaC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Bien que mon père et moi ayons passé etc. À l'aube, mon père et moi nous étions aventurés etc

Could anyone explain the use of 'nous' in the second example but not in the first. I would see the constructions as similar.

Is the use of 'nous' in these cases optional?

Thanks guys

Asked 6 months ago
AlanC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

What Chris says is true, but I don't think it's what's happening here. The verb is s'aventurer so this is just the reflexive pronoun.

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Yes, it's optional. In French the subject is often doubled with the pronoun after an explicit enumeration. Considering the sentence more closely (after Alan's remark), the nous here is indeed the reflexive pronoun. The sentence would not work without it.

Bien que mon père et moi ayons passé etc. À l'aube, mon père et moi nous étions aventurés etc

Could anyone explain the use of 'nous' in the second example but not in the first. I would see the constructions as similar.

Is the use of 'nous' in these cases optional?

Thanks guys

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