What is the meaning of "Nous sommes avant vous dans la queue."?

Ron

Kwiziq community member

22 June 2017

4 replies

What is the meaning of "Nous sommes avant vous dans la queue."?

This relates to:
After / before versus in front of / behind (prepositions of time and place) -

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

29 June 2017

29/06/17

Bonjour Ron !

"Nous sommes avant vous dans la queue." is considering the queue from the angle of the length of time it's going to take, and therefore means "We come before you in the queue" in the sense of "We'll be served before you".

I hope that helps!
À bientôt !

Ron

Kwiziq community member

30 June 2017

30/06/17

Bonjour Aurélie,
Bien sûr, votre réponse m'a aidé bien. J'ai penser toujours qu'une queue est une chose qui a la dimension physique bien que votre explication y define tel quelque chose par rapport au temps.
Merci,
Ron

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

30 June 2017

30/06/17

In French, you can consider both angles: you could also say ""Nous sommes *devant* vous dans la queue.", in which case it's your geographical location.
The nuance is minute here :)

Bonne journée !

Ron

Kwiziq community member

30 June 2017

30/06/17

Merci, Aurélie,
C'est très clair.

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