Expression : did you ever hear from

IanC1Kwiziq community member

Expression : did you ever hear from

The correct response gives is ‘ est-ce-que cela t’arrive d’avoir des nouvelles de’ but would it be equally correct to say ‘est-ce -que tu a recu aucune nouvelles de’

Asked 4 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Ian,

The expression -

'ça + pronoun + arrive de + infinitive'

is a useful one to learn as it is very much used in French, it is constructed in a similar way to the verb plaire.

e.g.

Ça vous arrive de perdre vos clés de maison? Have you ever lost your house keys?

Ça t'arrive de mentir? = Do you ever happen to lie?

Ça nous arrive de nous perdre en allant chez elle We often get lost on our way to her house

This meaning of 'arriver' here is to happen.

Ça peut arriver! It can happen!

Hope this helps!

 

 

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

The first version is the more "French" one, I would say.

Est-ce que tu n'as reçu aucunes nouvelles de lui. -- Have you not heard from him at all? (Have you not received any news at all from him?)

It is grammatically correct (you had a few typos), but means something slightly different. In general, though, there are many ways to express one thing. Not all of them can be checked for by a computer. That's why sometimes you'll get marked "wrong" even though the answer would be acceptable.

Expression : did you ever hear from

The correct response gives is ‘ est-ce-que cela t’arrive d’avoir des nouvelles de’ but would it be equally correct to say ‘est-ce -que tu a recu aucune nouvelles de’

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