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Devait

Jennifer

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5 August 2016

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Devait

I have an extract from a book i am reading. In this extract does devait mean must have. Can you explain Lorsqu’il a su que c’est au tabagisme ininterrompu de sa mère que Camille devait le handicap de sa petite taille, Armand a été troublé.

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Describing and expressing opinions in L'Imparfait (imperfect tense) -

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

5 August 2016

5/08/16

Bonjour Jennifer,

No, devoir has another meaning "to owe" which is in play here: " ... that Camille owed the handicap ..." More idiomatically, you might turn the whole sentence around and say "Camille's handicap was due to ..."

Jennifer

Kwiziq community member

5 August 2016

5/08/16

Bonjour Laura,

Merci bien. Un ah ha moment

Jennifer

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