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Author Topic: In French, what's the correct form of the verb for a shopping list  (Read 976 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,
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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.

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Re: In French, what's the correct form of the verb for a shopping list
« Reply #5 on: 23 March, 2019, 11:31:19 AM »
Hi Ecollen - You asked earlier "I wonder if there's a French equivalent site to IA. It would probably be quite useful if I could find one like that."

So I did a little light digging on your behalf and found the site you might be looking for. It's by the website called 'Stack Exchange' and they have started doing a French Q and A site which is wholly and solely about La Langue Française. Exactement ce que le médecin a prescrit, n'est-ce pas?

Their French language Q&A site is still in beta version at the moment and as Stack Exchange say themselves about their new French lingo website..."Is your question about the French language? We prefer questions that can be answered, not just discussed."

They simply ask you for the details and, if poss and if you wish, you could share any results of your research with others.

Sounds like it could be right up your alley.  Anyway it's worth you having a quick butchers and asking them What's the correct form in French of the verb to use in a shopping list?

Their address is....

https://french.stackexchange.com/questions/ask

It'd be nice if you could let us know how you get on.

« Last Edit: 23 March, 2019, 12:03:12 PM by P-Kasso2 »
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Re: In French, what's the correct form of the verb for a shopping list
« Reply #6 on: 23 March, 2019, 05:37:56 PM »
Hi P-Kasso2
Many thanks for all your trouble. I appreciate it very much and, you're right, that site sounds "exactement ce que le médecin a prescrit" !
(or, to be a bit more idiomatic, "exactement ce qu'il me fallait"). I will certainly check it out for a while and let you know in due course what it's like.
Incidentally, I've since found out that the correct "shopping list" form of the verb is in fact the infinitive, e.g.
acheter des cartes
The idea apparently is that "il faut"  is understood, i.e.
(il faut) acheter des cartes
Interesting non?
I'll soon find other questions to ask them though.

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Re: In French, what's the correct form of the verb for a shopping list
« Reply #7 on: 01 April, 2019, 01:44:11 PM »
Thank you for the thank you Ecollen. Glad to have been of some help.
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