samedi vs le samedi

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Ann

Kwiziq community member

15 July 2017

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samedi vs le samedi

Isn't the sentence ---c'est le début de Hanoucca a general statement and should take Le samedi?

Ron

Kwiziq community member

16 July 2017

16/07/17

Le samedi is used for recurring events that happen on Saturday, i.e. Le samedi je joue le foot, le dimanche je vais à l'église.

Ann

Kwiziq community member

16 July 2017

16/07/17

So Hanoucca doesn't always begin on a Saturday?

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

17 July 2017

17/07/17

Bonjour Ann !

You will use le samedi to express on Saturdays - every Saturday.

In the case of Hanoucca and similar celebrations always starting on "a Saturday", you can also use un samedi.
Hanoucca commence toujours un samedi.

But when the sentence simply refers to a one-time event:
On (this) Saturday, we played football.
Samedi, on a joué au foot.

Here's a link to our related lesson:
https://french.kwiziq.com/revision/grammar/when-to-use-le-with-days-of-the-week-weekend

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

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