J'ai passé

JohnnyC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

J'ai passé

I'm so confused. Why is it "J'ai passé un an en Espagne" but "J'ai passé la journée avec Martin"? Why is one talking about the duration while the other is not?
Asked 3 years ago
LauraKwiziq team member
Bonjour Johnny, It has to do with feeling. When you say that you spent the day with someone, you're typically talking about quality time, emphasizing that you spent the whole day together. In contrast, when you spend a year somewhere, that's more of a factual kind of thing - I spent a year in Spain, and then moved to Italy. There's no emphasis on the fact that it was a whole year, every single day. Does that help?
JohnB2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
Thanks, Laura. Does that mean it's subjective? If I say I spent the day at work, nothing special. Would that be le jour? Or spending the day always be la jounée?
IsabelleC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
J'ai passé la journée au travail - J'ai travaillé toute la journée- ( you probably mean the entire day)
JabariC1Kwiziq community member
Even more explanation here: https://www.thoughtco.com/an-annee-jour-journee-matin-matinee-1371085

J'ai passé

I'm so confused. Why is it "J'ai passé un an en Espagne" but "J'ai passé la journée avec Martin"? Why is one talking about the duration while the other is not?

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