pourquoi ma chatte s'est-elle léchée la patte?

JenniferC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

pourquoi ma chatte s'est-elle léchée la patte?

should there be a second 'e' on léchée in this case as the noun comes after the verb?

Asked 7 months ago
AurélieKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Merci à tous !

It was indeed a mistake, and has now been fixed thanks to you :)

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

I would agree with you: the reflexive pronoun is indirect and the noun (la patte) is direct. In this case the participle would not get accorded to the direct object. This would be parallel to the sentence:

Elles se sont lavé les cheveux. -- They washed their hair, given in https://www.thoughtco.com/french-accented-capitals-4085546

I have it on good authority, though, that a lot of French native speakers have trouble with this also. :)

JenniferC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Yes, well it does seem to go against the rule!  Thank you (I will keep making that mistake though, lucky I don't have a cat). 

JenniferC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

hehe - glad to help!! 

SandyC1Kwiziq community member

It doesn't seem to be fixed yet (13 june 2019). I just spent several minutes trying to figure it out (before seeing these messages).

MillerA2Kwiziq community member

Interesting example they made up... with léchée and chatte in the same sentence.

pourquoi ma chatte s'est-elle léchée la patte?

should there be a second 'e' on léchée in this case as the noun comes after the verb?

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