Monter with a person

Gaurav

Kwiziq community member

30 April 2017

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Monter with a person

Hi Aurélie, This is a great article, thank you. Referring to http://www.french-linguistics.co.uk/grammar/avoir_or_etre.shtml can yo clarify "In other cases, particularly when the subject is a person, être is used:" e.g. he went up to the third floor. Is this different to your example above 'you went up the stairs silently"

This relates to:
Monter can be used with avoir or être in Le Passé Composé... and changes meaning -

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

1 May 2017

1/05/17

Bonjour Gaurav !

First of all, thank you very much :)
The difference between these two examples is the use of a direct object or not:
"Il est monté au troisième étage."
-> Here there's no direct object (he went up what *where*? to the third floor). Hint: the complement group is introduced by a preposition "au"(à+le).

"Tu as monté les escaliers en silence."
-> Here there is a direct object (you went up *what*? -the stairs). Hint: the group is not introduced by a preposition -> "les". 

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

Gaurav

Kwiziq community member

6 May 2017

6/05/17

Merci beaucoup. I noted the use of the preposition as a way of recognising the difference.
P.S. It would be good if we got email notifications for these posts.

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