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Kwiziq community member
16 June 2018
Why does this lesson show apparaître as an exception to the rule when the past particple is apparu?
This question relates to:French lesson "Conjugate paraître, connaître and derivatives (+ avoir) - except apparaître and naître - in Le Passé Composé (conversational past)"
I think it's because the passé composé of apparaître is normally formed with être instead of avoir.
(There should be a link to a lesson that explains that, but it seems to be broken.)
17 June 2018
Kwiziq language super star
18 June 2018
The lesson on 'apparaître' is still being prepared but I will try to answer your question here-
In the sense of 'to appear' as in an event you can actually use both. You will hear "Le soleil est finalement apparu cet après-midi." or "Le soleil a finalement apparu... "The sun finally made an appearance this afternoon.)
The difference being emphasis on the action (using 'avoir') or the result (using 'être').
It is indeed a very subtle distinction and I would not worry too much about it ...
Les documents sont apparus/ont apparu ce matin.
The documents appeared/materialised this morning.
both are possible.
Hope this helps!
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