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INTRODUCTION
Eric: Hi everyone, I'm Eric.
Yasmine: And I'm Yasmine.
Eric: And welcome to Must-Know French Sentence Structures, Season 1, Lesson 12. Requesting Permission.
Eric: In this lesson, you'll learn how to use a sentence pattern for requesting permission.
PATTERN
Eric: For example, "Can I go to the bathroom?"
Yasmine: Je peux aller aux toilettes?
Yasmine: [slow] Je peux aller aux toilettes?
Eric: The pattern for requesting permission has 4 elements. First, the pronoun, in this case "I."
Yasmine: Je.
Eric: Second, the verb "to be able to," conjugated in the first person singular.
Yasmine: peux.
Eric: Third, a verb in the infinitive form, in this case “to go.”
Yasmine: aller.
Eric: And last, the complement, in this case "to the toilet."
Yasmine: aux toilettes.
Eric: Altogether, we have "Can I go to the bathroom?"
Yasmine: Je peux aller aux toilettes? [slow] Je peux aller aux toilettes? [normal] Je peux aller aux toilettes?
Eric: First you have the pronoun, then the verb "to be able to" conjugated according to the pronoun, then a verb in the infinitive form, and lastly the complement.
Yasmine: Je peux aller aux toilettes?
Eric: So remember, to request permission, start with a pronoun, then the verb "to be able to" conjugated according to the pronoun, a verb in the infinitive form, and then the thing you want to ask permission for.
Eric: Here's another example meaning, "Can I borrow a pen?" First, the pronoun, in this case "I."
Yasmine: Je.
Eric: Second, the verb "to be able to," conjugated in the first person singular.
Yasmine: peux.
Eric: Third, a verb in the infinitive form, in this case “to borrow.”
Yasmine: emprunter.
Eric: And last, the complement, in this case "a pen."
Yasmine: un stylo.
Eric: Altogether we have...
Yasmine: Je peux emprunter un stylo? [slow] Je peux emprunter un stylo? [normal] Je peux emprunter un stylo?
Eric: "Can I borrow a pen?"
[pause]
Yasmine: Je peux emprunter un stylo?
Eric: How do you say - "Can I sit here?" To give you a hint, "to sit here" is...
Yasmine: s'asseoir ici. [slow] s'asseoir ici. [normal] s'asseoir ici.
Eric: "Can I sit here?"
[pause]
Yasmine: Je peux m'asseoir ici? [slow] Je peux m'asseoir ici? [normal] Je peux m'asseoir ici?
[pause]
Yasmine: Je peux m'asseoir ici?
REVIEW
Eric: Let's review the sentences from this lesson. I’ll give you the English equivalent of the phrase, and you’re responsible for shouting it out loud in French. Here we go.
Eric: "Can I go to the bathroom?"
[pause]
Yasmine: Je peux aller aux toilettes?
[pause]
Yasmine: Je peux aller aux toilettes?
Eric: "Can I borrow a pen?"
[pause]
Yasmine: Je peux emprunter un stylo?
[pause]
Yasmine: Je peux emprunter un stylo?
Eric: "Can I sit here?"
[pause]
Yasmine: Je peux m'asseoir ici?
[pause]
Yasmine: Je peux m'asseoir ici?

Outro

Eric: Okay. That's all for this lesson. You learned a pattern for requesting permission, as in...
Yasmine: Je peux aller aux toilettes?
Eric: meaning "Can I go to the bathroom?"
Eric: You can find more vocab or phrases that go with this sentence pattern in the lesson notes. So please be sure to check them out on FrenchPod101.com. Thanks, everyone, see you next time!
Yasmine: A la prochaine!

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Practice requesting permission using this pattern.

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Monday at 09:04 PM
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Bonjour Riya,

Ravie que la leçon te plaise ! :-)


Bonne journée,

Marion

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Riya
Friday at 02:48 PM
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😄Salut

J'aime tellement ça. Je connaissais maintenant quelques mots français.

Merci beaucoup