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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 13. Expressing Certainty.
Eric: In this lesson, you'll learn how to use a sentence pattern for expressing certainty.
PATTERN
Eric: For example, "I’m sure it's the right answer."
Yasmine: Je suis sûre que c'est la bonne réponse.
Yasmine: [slow] Je suis sûre que c'est la bonne réponse.
Eric: The pattern for expressing certainty has 4 elements. First, the expression "I am sure that" for a female speaker.
Yasmine: Je suis sûre que.
Eric: Second, the subject, in this case the pronoun "it."
Yasmine: c'.
Eric: Third, the verb "to be," conjugated in the third person singular and present tense.
Yasmine: est.
Eric: And last, the complement, in this case "the right answer."
Yasmine: la bonne réponse.
Eric: Altogether, we have "I’m sure it's the right answer."
Yasmine: Je suis sûre que c'est la bonne réponse. [slow] Je suis sûre que c'est la bonne réponse. [normal] Je suis sûre que c'est la bonne réponse.
Eric: First you have the expression "I am sure that." The writing of the word "sure" varies depending on if the speaker is a man or a woman. Then comes the subject, followed by a verb conjugated in gender and number according to the subject, and lastly the complement.
Yasmine: Je suis sûre que c'est la bonne réponse.
Eric: So remember, to express certainty, start with the expression "I'm sure that," followed by a subject and a verb conjugated according to that subject, and then the thing you’re positive about.
Eric: Here's another example meaning, "I'm sure he'll be happy about his present." First, the expression "I am sure that" for a male speaker.
Yasmine: Je suis sûr qu'.
Eric: Second, the subject, in this case the pronoun "he."
Yasmine: il.
Eric: Third, the verb "to be," conjugated in the third person singular and future tense.
Yasmine: sera.
Eric: And last, the complement, in this case "happy about his present."
Yasmine: content de son cadeau.
Eric: Altogether we have...
Yasmine: Je suis sûr qu'il sera content de son cadeau. [slow] Je suis sûr qu'il sera content de son cadeau. [normal] Je suis sûr qu'il sera content de son cadeau.
Eric: "I'm sure he'll be happy about his present."
[pause]
Yasmine: Je suis sûr qu'il sera content de son cadeau.
Eric: How do you say - "I'm sure he didn't do it on purpose." To give you a hint, "to not do it on purpose" is...
Yasmine: ne pas faire exprès. [slow] ne pas faire exprès. [normal] ne pas faire exprès.
Eric: "I'm sure he didn't do it on purpose."
[pause]
Yasmine: Je suis sûr qu'il ne l'a pas fait exprès. [slow] Je suis sûr qu'il ne l'a pas fait exprès. [normal] Je suis sûr qu'il ne l'a pas fait exprès.
[pause]
Yasmine: Je suis sûr qu'il ne l'a pas fait exprès.
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: "I’m sure it's the right answer."
[pause]
Yasmine: Je suis sûre que c'est la bonne réponse.
[pause]
Yasmine: Je suis sûre que c'est la bonne réponse.
Eric: "I'm sure he'll be happy about his present."
[pause]
Yasmine: Je suis sûr qu'il sera content de son cadeau.
[pause]
Yasmine: Je suis sûr qu'il sera content de son cadeau.
Eric: "I'm sure he didn't do it on purpose."
[pause]
Yasmine: Je suis sûr qu'il ne l'a pas fait exprès.
[pause]
Yasmine: Je suis sûr qu'il ne l'a pas fait exprès.

Outro

Eric: Okay. That's all for this lesson. You learned a pattern for expressing certainty, as in...
Yasmine: Je suis sûre que c'est la bonne réponse.
Eric: meaning "I’m sure it's the right answer."
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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Listeners, what are you certain about?

Rob
Thursday at 03:36 PM
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Bonjour, j'ai une question. Pourquoi en cette example il y a une e après ment ?


Je suis sûr qu'il ment.

"I'm sure he's lying."

Je ne suis pas sûr qu'il mente.


Merci

Frenchpod101.com
Friday at 05:43 AM
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Bonjour Gwynn,


Pourquoi erroné ?

Merci pour votre message.


Bonne journée !

Marie Alice

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Gwynn
Thursday at 03:45 AM
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Je suis sûr que le vocabulaire est erroné, n’est pas?