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Dec

23

2011

Lesson 58, minor update

la leur - 'their'

In LFBP lesson 58, page 3, in the possessive pronouns grid, the last item in the middle column should be la leur, not les leurs. La leur refers to their [whatever], when referring to a feminine singular noun. For example, we might say:… Read More

Dec

22

2011

"Les Argentins consomment à tout va"

From an article on rfi.fr

This morning's an article on rfi.fr talks of a new Argentina, 10 years on from a crisis that had half of the population living below the poverty line.… Read More

Dec

22

2011

A Roissy, la police remplace les grévistes pendant que la grève se poursuit

From this morning's Le Monde

Note the use of the expression se poursuivre. In this case, it's a more stylish alternative to continuer.… Read More

Dec

22

2011

"Chafni et Perruaux se rabibochent"

From this morning's Nouvel Observateur

In relation to an incident of alleged racism between a football player from Auxerre, Kamel Chafni, and line judge Johann Perruaux, the pair were keen to say the matter was now closed.… Read More

Dec

22

2011

"Joli cadeau de Noël pour les chantiers navals de Saint-Nazaire"

Adjectives ending in -al

Note the heading of this post. It's the title of an article from Libération this morning.… Read More

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