Please explain the reason for 2 different conjugations with this verb

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Ron

Kwiziq community member

1 December 2017

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Please explain the reason for 2 different conjugations with this verb

I have noticed this peculiarity with s'asseoir as well as a couple of other verbs in French; however, I have never read or found an explanation for the reason this exists like such.

This relates to:
Conjugate reflexive verb s'asseoir in Le Présent (present tense) -

Chris

Kwiziq community member

4 December 2017

4/12/17

Couldn't find an explicit reason either. Etymologically it is probably a coexisting older root with a newer version which developed in some other geographical region. But that's just a guess. It's funny but at least some French people tend to mix the two conjugations and use one (je m'assois) in the singular and the other (nous asseyons) in the plural. Go figure. -- Chris. -- Chris.

Ron

Kwiziq community member

4 December 2017

4/12/17

Merci, Chris, pour votre réponse. Passez une bonne journée.

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

5 March 2018

5/03/18

Hi both,

This is an interesting one! Indeed you will hear a mixture of both conjugations in spoken language but I think in the Imperative you might hear,

Assieds-toi, Asseyons-nous and Asseyez-vous

more than the other one.

Hope this helps!

 

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