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They are buying a house. If the subject is a noun instead of a pronoun, invert the verb and the pronoun that represents the subject. Example: Did Marie choose this shirt? Marie chose this shirt. Marie a choisi cette chemise. For negative such as "ne You didn't eat the whole pizza. Example: Have you been there? You have been there.
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Si tu finis tes devoirs, je te donnerai des bonbons. Pronominal verbs are verbs that include pronouns. These pronouns are me , te , se , nous , and vous and are used as either direct objects or indirect objects, depending on the verb that they modify. Either the conjugated verb or the infinitive can be negated each with slightly different meanings.
In perfect tenses, the past participles agree with the direct object pronoun, but not the indirect object pronoun, in gender and plurality. Therefore it would only agree when the reflexive pronoun is the direct object. Also remember that the past participle does not agree with the direct object if it goes after the verb. When a reflexive verb is put as an infinitive behind any other verb e. Like reflexive verbs, the past participle of reciprocal verbs agrees in number and gender with the direct object if it goes before the verb.
It therefore agrees with all reciprocal pronouns that function as direct objects. In perfect tenses, these verbs agree with the direct object if it goes before the verb. Otherwise, the past participle agrees with the subject. Now, the 'ne' sometimes disappears when one speaks. However, it is always used in written French and for formal conversations.
To say not , never , or other negative verbs, you have to 'sandwich' the negative words around a verb.
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Wikipedia has related information at French verbs. French conjugation is the creation of derived forms of a French verb from its principal parts by inflection. French verbs are conventionally divided into three conjugations conjugaisons with the following grouping:. The first two groups follow a regular conjugation, whereas the third group follows an irregular one.
It is noteworthy that the verb aller is the only verb ending in -er belonging to the third group. The participle is inflected with the use of the verb avoir according to the direct object, but only if the direct object precedes the participle, ex:. This verb has different stems for different tenses. Although the stem changes, the inflections of these tenses are as a regular -oir verb. However, in the simple present, not only are there stem changes, but the inflections are irregular as well:.
Besides using avoir affirmatively. You can also use it interrogatively. A small complication arises, in that without some help, the result does not sound very good. The use of an euphonic pleasing to the ear is used with vowels before the pronoun. Thus, the letter -t- is placed between the verb and the pronoun:. Have I? Have you? Has he? Has she?
Avons nous? Have we? Avez vous? Have they?
French verbs ending in -er, which comprise the largest class, inflect somewhat differently than other verbs. In addition, the orthographic -t found in the -ir and -re verbs in the singular verb of the simple present and past is not found in this conjugation, so that the final consonants are -, -s,e - rather than -s, -s, -t. Hais is as usual used for the imperative. The verbs dormir, mentir, partir, sentir, servir and their derivatives do not take the -iss- infix.
The effect of this is that they conjugate as -re verbs rather than -ir verbs, apart from the past participle which is still -i. Sortir and its derivatives are similar in their usual meanings of "to go out" etc. Partir serves as an example:. The verbs couvrir, offrir, ouvrir, souffrir and their derivatives are similar, but orthographically they differ slightly: they take the simple present endings of the -er verbs. In addition, their past participles end in -ert. Ouvrir will serve as an example:. The common verbs venir "to come" and tenir "to hold", as well as their derivatives,  change their stem vowel to a diphthong or nasal in much of their conjugations.
Venir will serve as an example; for tenir, simply change the v to a t. Verbs ending in -oir tend to have stem changes, which makes them more irregular than the other conjugations. Many have stems ending in -v, which drops before a consonant or the vowel u. Others have stems ending in -l, which undergoes changes similar to the plural of French nouns ending in -l.
Can I come? The usage of puis in other cases is mannered. Orthographically, the -re verbs have the inflectional endings of the -ir verbs singular -s, -s, -t in the simple present and past. However, unlike the -ir verbs, there is no suffix -iss- between the root and the inflection, except in the past subjunctive, which is identical to the -ir verbs.
The verb aller "to go" has the unique quality of having a first group ending with an irregular conjugation. It belongs to none of the three sections of the third group, and is often categorized on its own. The verb has different stems for different tenses. The inflections of these tenses are completely regular, and pronounced as in any other -er verb.
To form the present tense, there are seven categories of verbs that you need to know about, sorted by their endings, and if they are regular follow the rules or irregular have their own rules. Translate the following sentences into English: -Je jouais au foot quand j' avais douze ans, mais maintenant je nage parfois. Quelle tristesse! The simple past is mostly a literary tense, used in fairy tales, and perhaps newspapers. It is one that native French students are expected to recognize but not use. To conjugate in this tense, one finds the stem and appends the following, as according to the table:.
One uses the future tense when referring to an action, certain to occur, in the future. In a time ahead of now. One may also use aller in the present tense in conjunction with aller or another verb in infinitive form, to refer to the future. However it is not the future tense. However, the former is not in the future tense. Also, the usage of "aller" generally signifies an action to occur in the very near future, where as future tense refers to any time in the future.
To conjugate a verb in the futur simple, one takes the infinitive and appends the following, as according to the table:. The subjunctive in French is used to express doubt, desire, surprise, judgment, necessity, possibility, opinions, and emotions. It usually follows the word "que. Take the ils form of the verb, at the present time tense drop the -ent and add the following:.
The subjunctive imperfect is very rarely employed in French; generally it only appears in literature and is viewed as archaic. It can in all instances be replaced by the subjunctive present. The subjunctive imperfect is employed in any instance in which the subjunctive is required, provided the trigger verb is in a past tense.
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With most verbs, that auxililary verb is avoir. While the past participle looks like a verb, it is not - it functions more like an adjective. This works exactly the same way in English - the only verb is the auxiliary verb, which is also the only thing negated in English "I have not eaten". The compound past is a compound tense- it consists of two verbs, the auxiliary verb "helper verb" and the past participle of the verb one seeks to use in this tense. We then take the past participle of the verb, and stick that on the end.
Every verb has one past participle that does not change there are some exceptions, as one will learn later. To find the past participle, the stem of the infinitive must be determined or the irregularity must be known. If we want to make the statement negative, for example if we didn't do something in the past, we must always put the negative structure such as ne For example, "Je ne peux pas",.
Est-ce que les filles sont pauvres? It starts with "est-ce que" lit. Les filles sont pauvres? Why did I get the comment? Get started. Topic: French. May 31, Sitesurf Mod. June 1, June 10, June 11, So when the subject is not a pronoun, you can't just swap their places to make a question? February 10, Beanalby The swap can still occur, but you have to add a pronoun like Sitesurf's example. April 13, May 20, May 2, August 29, November 12, The play between light and dark in these poems ranges from the simple to the complex. A more complex interplay between light and dark occurs in "Aube Spirituelle" Spiritual Dawn when the monstrance-like memory of the woman shines against a backdrop of the sun drowning in its congealing blood.
Such complexity is again evident in "Confession," when the "aimable et douce femme" amiable and sweet woman confesses her "horrible" lack of faith in humanity. Peter's Denial concludes with the speaker congratulating Peter for denying Jesus. These are strong poems, understandably shocking to the readers of his day, but Baudelaire's struggles with evil do not ally him with Satan. In his poetry Baudelaire represents himself as trapped and cries out in a despair that suggests his awareness of sin as a burden. Baudelaire is not a diabolic preacher; with C. Lewis, he would point out that Satan is part of the Christian cosmology.
Baudelaire's "Doctrine of Correspondences" suggests a belief of sorts in a pattern for the world and in relationships between the physical world and a spiritual one. This view, probably influenced by Emanuel Swedenborg and viewed as an antecedent to symbolism, is presented in the poem "Correspondances.
Although he does not include a direct expression of faith in God or gods in the poem, Baudelaire's profoundly mystical belief in the world's fundamental unity is clear. Indeed, the subject of Baudelaire's faith has been much debated. The references to God and to Satan in his poems, letters, and intimate journals have been counted; the validity of his last rites has been weighed; his confession of faith to Nadar has been examined.
Most critics agree that Baudelaire's preoccupations are fundamentally Christian but that in Les Fleurs du mal he fails to embrace entirely Jesus Christ and his power of redemption. Debates about Baudelaire's Christianity have not resolved the matter, though, nor is a label for Baudelaire's faith necessarily desirable for reading his poetry. Les Fleurs du mal is best read on its own terms, with a respect for its complexity.
The constant thrust of the collection is to impart to the reader an awareness of tension between the physically real and the spiritually ideal, of a hopeless but ever-renewed aspiration toward the infinite from an existence mired in sin on earth. This thrust is evident in poems in which the speaker bemoans enslavement to the soul's "gouffre" abyss or to Beauty's fascinations, in which he cries out to Satan in rage, in which he delves into the sensual to escape the physical world, and in which he articulates a feeble hope in love's redemptive capacity and the possibility of unity.
Baudelaire's ambiguous relationship with the material world and his desire for another world are evident in his poems about the city of Paris. While some critics, notably Edward Kaplan, have argued that "Tableaux Parisiens," the section added to the edition of , shows a "conversion to the real world as it exists," critics such as F. In "Le Soleil" The Sun the poet walks the streets of Paris, but he appears to see the city as a literary text rather than on its physical terms. Although he accumulates concrete details, Baudelaire again removes himself from the physical presence he is recording by recasting what he sees: "Je ne vois qu'en esprit tout ce camp de baraques.
Baudelaire's reputation as the father of modern poetry about cities is largely based on the "Tableaux Parisiens," which describe the streets of Paris in such gritty detail; the importance of these street scenes for the poet, though, is that he usually plunges into them with the desire to transcend them. Baudelaire's theory of correspondences and his introduction of such topics as the city and the ugly side of man's nature to poetry in verse are responsible for the modern quality of Les Fleurs du mal.
Furthermore, Baudelaire's prosody is traditional: his alexandrines are no more loosened than those of the Romantics, and he uses a wide variety of classical forms. Even in his treatment of Romantic themes, however, Baudelaire is radical for his time. He imagines solitude not as a state of nature but as it happens in cities, presenting it in counterpoint to city crowds. For Baudelaire the poet is endowed with special powers but is also a clumsy albatross "L'Albatros" or slothful sinner "Le Mauvais Moine". No longer mournful meditation in picturesque settings, introspection turns ugly with Baudelaire, a guilty pleasure to be squeezed like "une vieille orange" an old orange , as Baudelaire asserts in "Au Lecteur.
To traditional forms and traditional themes Baudelaire brought imagery and situations that had never before existed in French poetry. The poet takes a walk with his beloved and concludes that, although time passes, his poetry will immortalize her. Unlike Pierre de Ronsard's poem on that classical theme, "Quand tu seras bien vielle" When You Are Very Old , however, Baudelaire's meditation is prompted by a human cadaver whose guts spill across the page, the poem graphically detailing the flies, vermin, and stink.
Just as he exploits grotesque physical details only to extract from them an "essence divine," so Baudelaire uses poetic convention while transforming it. Similarly, Baudelaire's use and mastery of traditional technique revolutionized French poetry by so clearly representing a unique sensibility. In "Le Cygne," a poem detailing the poet's thoughts as he walks through a changing Paris, Baudelaire sensitively communicates modern anxiety and a modern sense of displacement.
A series of repetitions compounds the initial sense of urgency. Syntax broken across stanzas conveys the reach of the poet's thoughts and observations as well as a sense of breathless haste. The speaker returns to the same thoughts—notably, a swan escaped from a zoo and Andromache, the wife of the Trojan hero Hector—and the use of exclamation points is heavy: he is obsessed and slightly frantic. The gist of the speaker's meditations is that he is haunted by absences: by Paris as it is no longer, by the swan who has lost his native soil, by Andromache's losses.
Those absences are present in this poem by virtue of Baudelaire's prosody. Andromache's fall into destitution is represented in the space caused by the enjambment between stanzas: ". The lament of all who have suffered losses is emphasized by an enjambment that forces a quick draw of breath right before the end of the sentence and that accents the finality of "jamais" never at the beginning of the next sentence:.
In Les Fleurs du mal traditional prosody and themes combine with novel thoughts and inspiration to create works of supreme originality. Although there were not many reviews of the second edition of Les Fleurs du mal and not all of those published were favorable, Baudelaire became an established poet with its publication. Saint-Beuve—though he never did review Les Fleurs du mal —ranked him grudgingly among the leaders of a new generation of poets as he remarked that poets coming along seemed to be in the style of Hugo, Gautier, Banville, and "even Baudelaire.
Charles Asselineau in Charles Baudelaire: Sa vie et son oeuvre describes Baudelaire as accepted and blossoming with success after The taint of the trial and of his reputation was too strong, though, and Baudelaire thought it prudent to let his candidacy drop before he met with certain failure. In the s Baudelaire diversified from poetry in verse to literary activity in several different spheres. The most significant of these essays was his definitive article on modern art. Baudelaire illustrates these principles by discussing in detail the interests and techniques of "CG," his designation for the artist who wished to remain anonymous, from his brush stroke to his Crimean War drawings for the Illustrated London News.
Central to Baudelaire's estimation of Guys is that Guys is not an artist but is, rather, a man of the world. For Baudelaire, a broad interest in the world as opposed to the restricted perspective that he associates with most "artistes" is crucial to interesting art. Along with this line of thought Baudelaire elaborates his notion of the dandy, who is not only the elegant dresser of usual associations but also a man of the world who lives according to the highest aesthetic principles. Baudelaire also develops his ideas about "la foule," the crowd, which is the solitary artist's domain "as water is for the fish.
In that last section, "Eloge du Maquillage" In Praise of Makeup , Baudelaire makes explicit two more concepts that are important to his ethos. Second, as a corollary to the importance he attaches to fashion, makeup, and the codes of the dandy, Baudelaire touches on his unromantic distaste for the natural. Everything beautiful is beautiful by calculation, he opines. Art is necessary to correct the natural state of man, which on the physical level is unattractive and on the spiritual level is a state of original sin.
By the early s Baudelaire had found a model for his ideals in the person of Guys, and he gave full expression to his artistic aesthetic in "Le Peintre de la vie moderne. In he published twenty prose poems in La Presse. This landmark year marks a shift in his creative endeavors from poetry in verse to poetry in prose: thereafter most of his creative publications are prose poems.
Baudelaire managed to write only fifty of the one hundred prose poems he had projected. Le Spleen de Paris is, as Baudelaire would say, a "singular" assemblage of works that represents an extremely ambitious literary project. In his correspondence he refers to the prose poems as a "pendant" a completion of to Les Fleurs du mal. Houssaye was the editor of L'Artiste and La Presse , which published some of the prose poems individually. Bertrand did not label his short pieces "prose poems," though: Baudelaire is the first poet to make a radical break with the form of verse by identifying nonmetrical compositions as poetry.
Having mastered the forms of traditional verse, Baudelaire wanted to do nothing less than create a new language. Unlike Bertrand's "picturesque" topics, Baudelaire associates his new language with the modern topic of the city. In contrast with the "architecture" of Les Fleurs du mal , these interconnections are presented without order. Le Spleen de Paris is modern in that it represents a break with traditional form, is about urban life, and is consciously without order.
It is worth noting that in his preface Baudelaire refers to the form of the work as "prose lyrique. Did Baudelaire succeed in his ambition to forge a new poetic language? Most critics have tended to discuss the themes of the poems rather than their form, however, accepting poetry in Baudelaire's wake as an attitude rather than a set of rules. This collection, which has been growing in popularity among critics, still contains much to be explored. Baudelaire's poems in prose are short anecdotes, bitter satires, and reveries about unusual topics, including dogs, mud, aged tumblers, windows, widows, and poor people standing outside fancy eating establishments.
Several critics, notably Pierre Emmanuel, have noted that there is more compassion in these works than in Baudelaire's poetry in verse. This compassion can take strange forms—the speaker of "Les Yeux des pauvres" The Eyes of the Poor is so moved by a family of poor people that he hates the companion he had loved for her lack of sympathy.
In fact, the speaker in "Mademoiselle Bistouri" concludes by praying to God—as opposed to the devil—to have pity on crazy people. Furthermore, while many of the prose poems are about ugliness, they often accept and possibly even transcend ugliness. As with Les Fleurs du mal , it would be a mistake to pigeonhole the poems in this collection, which unlike his first has no headings.
As critics have noticed from the very beginning, however, the prose poems address banalities and travails of life quite differently from Les Fleurs du mal.
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In fact, Henri Peyre, an eminent scholar of French poetry, argues in Connaissance de Baudelaire that Le Spleen de Paris has had a greater influence on poetry than Les Fleurs du mal. Le Spleen de Paris undoubtedly has had a significant influence on modern poetry. During the period in which he was seriously exploring prose poetry, Baudelaire experienced a series of financial disasters. He had sold his writings to Poulet-Malassis, who had gone bankrupt in La Presse stopped publishing his poetry in prose.
Baudelaire arrived in Brussels on 24 April and checked into the Hotel du Grand Miroir, where he stayed, enduring a miserable sojourn, until his stroke in He did not even bother to deliver the entire talk. In addition to the disappointment of the lecture series, Baudelaire did not make contact with Lacroix, who never accepted his invitations. Despite his unhappy situation, Baudelaire stayed on in Belgium, perhaps because he was hoping for a satirical book to come out of the stay, perhaps because he did not want to return to France without something to show for the trip, or perhaps because he could not pay his hotel bill.
There was no effective cure for syphilis in his day, and so although he thought he was cured of it in the early s, his disease erupted in , and again in the spring of In letters from January he describes recurrent and distressing symptoms. The doctors never mentioned syphilis in connection with his final illness, but it seems very likely that the cerebral hemorrhage of 15 March was caused by the debilitating effects of the disease.
The Rops took Baudelaire back to Brussels, and by 31 March paralysis had set in. By 4 April, Baudelaire was incapable of speaking coherently. Baudelaire was eventually moved into a hydrotherapeutic establishment, and it was there that he died on 31 August This aphasic state was special torture for him because he seemed to understand what was going on around him but was unable to express himself.
He had wanted to find a publisher for them before his stroke, and his friends organized themselves to bring about what had become a last wish. Ever the perfectionist, Baudelaire wanted to oversee the production of the manuscript.