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During a Quiz it said that the correct answer was Vous vous êtes caché

JohnC1Kwiziq community member

During a Quiz it said that the correct answer was Vous vous êtes caché

During a quiz, the question posed was, 

Vous _______________ dans le placard. 

I conjugated it as Vous êtes cachés but it marked it as wrong. Is there a distinction when the subject is to one person? I am a bit confused. 


Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Vous can refer to a group of people (2nd person plural) or refer to a single person (formal address, 2nd person singular). The agreement of the participle reflects this, being either plural or singular, depending on how many people you are addressing.

 

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Bonjour John,

On the face of it, I agree that for the second-person plural; the conjugation should be Vous vous êtes cachés ......

So without sight of the actual quiz question, I note that you wrote "I conjugated it as Vous êtes cachés" and this is indeed incorrect without the reflexive vous included.

Bonne journée

Jim

YokoB2Kwiziq community member

Hi John, I wondered the same when I came across the same quiz. There was no way to tell if the *vous* means one person or more than two.

I guess usually a wardrobe cannot house many people... so it must be the single polite *vous*? It is not a good sample sentence to use as the quiz...

During a Quiz it said that the correct answer was Vous vous êtes caché

During a quiz, the question posed was, 

Vous _______________ dans le placard. 

I conjugated it as Vous êtes cachés but it marked it as wrong. Is there a distinction when the subject is to one person? I am a bit confused. 


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