Is it cold?

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Paul

Kwiziq community member

26 January 2018

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Is it cold?

I've tried a couple of alternative ways to say this other than the stock "Il fait froid". I know they are not listed as alternatives, but are mine correct. 1. Il fait mal, can you say this as "Il fait bon" means it's warm/hot? 2 In my experience most native speakers I have met would usually say "Il ne fait pas chaud", or some highly contracted form.

This question relates to:
French lesson "Talking about the weather with il fait"

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

26 January 2018

26/01/18

Bonjour Paul !

1. Il fait mal doesn't exist at all in this context
The only meaning of the phrase on its own would be He hurts.

See https://french.kwiziq.com/revision/grammar/faire-mal-a-vs-faire-du-mal-a-to-hurt-someone

or 
Il fait mal [quelque chose]He's doing [something] wrong.

2. Il ne fait pas chaud has indeed a similar meaning to il fait froid, i.e. It's not warm.
Though the meaning is close, these are two different sentences, in French as in English.

I hope that's helpful!

Bonne journée !

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

26 January 2018

26/01/18

Hi Paul - you can't say "Il fait mal" for weather, as Aurélie has explained, but you can say "Il fait mauvais", in case that wasn't clear (it is actually one of the examples listed in the lesson, but at the end so you may have missed it.

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