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Offline Protege moi

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Re: French 101
« Reply #15 on: June 17, 2008, 11:30:38 AM »
Okay, so the complicated answer:

You're all correct.

Cher/ch?re = dear.

Ch?ri/ch?rie = darling, love.

As soon as you put mon/ma in front of it, you say "my," or you're giving it possession.  Your gentleman is correct that Ch?ri(e) is a noun and cher/ch?re is an adjective. 

"Darling, could you hand me my purse please?"  In this case, Darling represents your significant orther, and instead of naming them, you've given them a pet name.  So that does fall into the person/place/thing category.

I think the confusion comes from the fact that in English, "dear" is both an adjective and a noun. The French use it as an adjective when it comes to applying "cher" to people.   It is a quality of a person.  They are...highly valued, emotionally, to us.

So, "ma ch?re" when it all gets broken down and examined is technically translated into "the person[noun] whom is important [adjective(dear)] to me."

I hope that helps.

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Re: French 101
« Reply #16 on: June 17, 2008, 08:55:42 PM »
Thank you, Protege!! That helps, absolutely.

Now I won't be getting into some big hairy argument. :)

Offline Miss Misery

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Re: French 101
« Reply #17 on: February 07, 2012, 11:44:49 PM »
Here's a great resource for Cajun French.  http://www.lsu.edu/frenchstudies --Click on "Cajun French."

« Last Edit: February 08, 2012, 12:56:25 AM by Miss Misery »
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Re: French 101
« Reply #18 on: February 08, 2012, 12:26:29 AM »
tried to fix the link, not quite sure whats up with it, but I think its them.  :) 

« Last Edit: February 08, 2012, 12:29:21 AM by Nekobaghira »

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Re: French 101
« Reply #19 on: February 08, 2012, 12:50:00 AM »
Hmm...let me see if I can fix it. Thanks for the heads-up.
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Re: French 101
« Reply #20 on: February 08, 2012, 12:58:22 AM »
(Sorry about the double-post)

Okay, not sure why it did that, but as you can see, I just linked to the Department's main site. It's weird, because I have the Cajun French page bookmarked and it comes up fine.
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Re: French 101
« Reply #21 on: February 08, 2012, 01:00:01 AM »
*chuckles*, at least you got it to work.  I'm usually good at finding it but your solution worked much better.  Thanks.  :)

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Re: French 101
« Reply #22 on: February 08, 2012, 01:12:58 AM »
Oh these Latin derivatives.  :)
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Re: French 101
« Reply #23 on: February 08, 2012, 06:41:56 AM »
Miss Misery, thanks for that! If I ever continue my Gambit story, I'll be sure to keep it in mind.
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