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Author Topic: In French, what's the correct form of the verb for a shopping list  (Read 486 times)

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or for a note/reminder to yourself, e.g. "buy (say, Xmas cards)"?
Is it the imperative:
"achète (des cartes de Noël)" (informal), or
"achetez ..." (formal)?
Or is it the infinitive:
"acheter des cartes ..."?
Although a bit illogical, I think it might be  the infinive, but I'm not sure.
« Last Edit: 16 December, 2018, 09:09:45 AM by ecollen »

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Re: In French, what's the correct form of the verb for a shopping list
« Reply #1 on: 17 December, 2018, 01:03:28 PM »
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According to my schoolboy French (which is now so tres rusty it desperately needs an MOT check)...

Achetez is the correct verb to use. Achetez, as in the sentence...

" So I told him 'Achetez des cartes de Noël!' "

That's the imperative. At least I think that is right. Could be un petit wrong though. Best to get a second opinion methinks?
« Last Edit: 17 December, 2018, 01:47:02 PM by P-Kasso2 »
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Re: In French, what's the correct form of the verb for a shopping list
« Reply #2 on: 18 December, 2018, 06:17:26 AM »
Hi P-Kasso2
Merci for your reply!
Yes, it sounds logical that it should be the imperative - but then who said language is logical ... :-)
Tres rusty - ha ha - that's good.
As you say, it might be good to get another opinion. I wonder if there's a French equivalent site to IA. It would probably be quite useful if I could find one like that.
Thanks,
Errol

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Re: In French, what's the correct form of the verb for a shopping list
« Reply #3 on: 18 December, 2018, 01:24:21 PM »
I'd say it depends on usage - if you are instructing yourself, I'd tutoyer rather than vousvoyer, so 'achète' would be correct.

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Re: In French, what's the correct form of the verb for a shopping list
« Reply #4 on: 18 December, 2018, 01:58:46 PM »
Hi Duffield
Thanks. Yes, that sounds reasonable.