Leurs témoignages ___ont paru_____ louches à la police. This is Q 6 — why is the adjective in agreement with the subject?

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Katie

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31 July 2018

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Leurs témoignages ___ont paru_____ louches à la police. This is Q 6 — why is the adjective in agreement with the subject?

This question relates to:
French lesson "Conjugate paraître, connaître and derivatives (+ avoir) - except apparaître and naître - in Le Passé Composé (conversational past)"

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

31 July 2018

31/07/18

Bonjour Katie !

Excellent question!
Here the answer is relatively simple: in French, adjectives agree with the noun they're referring to, even though they can sometimes be separated by 1.punctuation, 2.adverb or in such a case, by an actual 3.verb :)

1.
Fatiguée Aline a décidé de faire une sieste.
Tired, Aline decided to take a nap.

2. 
J'admire un paysage absolument  magnifique.
I'm admiring an absolutely magnificent landscape.

3.
Mes cousines sont  gentilles.
My cousins are kind.

Verbs whose complement refers to their subject are called verbes d'état in French.

I hope that's helpful!
Bonne journée !

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