Colloquial vs formal

Tom

Kwiziq community member

13 August 2018

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Colloquial vs formal

The lesson states " either de or pour is colloquial with abstract nouns (votre compréhension, patience, gentillesse...), with merci de being a bit more elegant.

I don't get the sense of this statement.

If both are colloquial then what is the formal way of expressing " Thank you for your understanding".

This question relates to:
French lesson "Merci de / pour = Thank you for"

Chris

Kwiziq community member

14 August 2018

14/08/18

Hi Tom, I guess what that means is that either de or pour are used in spoken French with abstract nouns. The use of pour being more colloquial and de being more elegant/formal.

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Tom

Kwiziq community member

14 August 2018

14/08/18

Of course I get that.

I'm just pointing out the imprecision of the statement. Colloquial use does not equate with the spoken language but is rather a Register within the spoken language.

As far as I am aware a word or phrase cannot possess the duality of being both colloquial and formal.French speech with pour being colloquial and de being formal.

Perhaps I'm just being obtuse, but  as aspiring linguists we should strive for precision in language.

Alan

Kwiziq community member

14 August 2018

14/08/18

It's hard to believe either of these are "colloquial". I wonder if it should be "idiomatic"?

Chris

Kwiziq community member

14 August 2018

14/08/18

The English is a bit imprecise. I interpreted as "colloquial" meaning "used in spoken French", irrespective of register.

-- Chris.

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