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07:21 Sep 10, 2000
English to French translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: I walk my dog
The student wrote "je promene ma chienne" because she has a female dog. Is this correct?

Thanks for your time
spodur
French translation:(student's answer correct)
Explanation:
"Je promène ma chienne" is right. But the word "chienne" is sometimes avoided because of its pejorative connotation. It is the same as if you said "I walk my bitch" in English. Even though grammatically and for all purposes the expression is correct, people usually use the expression "Je promène mon chien" regardless of whether the animal is male or female.
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Louise Atfield
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Thank you very much for clearing this up!
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naje promène ma chiennePauline Côté
naje fais promener ma chienne
Yolanda Broad
na(student's answer correct)Louise Atfield


  

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1 hr
(student's answer correct)


Explanation:
"Je promène ma chienne" is right. But the word "chienne" is sometimes avoided because of its pejorative connotation. It is the same as if you said "I walk my bitch" in English. Even though grammatically and for all purposes the expression is correct, people usually use the expression "Je promène mon chien" regardless of whether the animal is male or female.

Louise Atfield
PRO pts in pair: 577
Grading comment
Thank you very much for clearing this up!

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Martine Etienne
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1 hr
je fais promener ma chienne


Explanation:
"Je promène ma chienne." is fine (don't forget the accent grave on *promène*, but it would be prefererable to use the **causative** mode in French.

The causatived? What's that? Here's a brief rundown, in case you've learned how to conjugate the verb faire:

Faire (the part you are doing) + promener (what the dog is doing). French likes to make it clear that what *you* (as agent) are doing is to control the action of something/someone else (the subject of the action); to do this, it uses *faire*, giving it the right verb form for you (the agent), and adding the action that someone/something is actually doing (the action itself) as an *infinitive*, following faire. Notice the position of the person/thing that is doing the action in the two examples below--they come after the verb cluster:

Je fais cuire la pizza (I am cooking the pizza)

Nous faisons promener la chienne

Yolanda Broad
United States
Local time: 00:24
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in pair: 720
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1 hr
je promène ma chienne


Explanation:
I agree with Dauphine.

For chienne, it depends where you live. I am surrounded by dog
owners and they have a chienne and when they talk about
their dog, they say ma chienne.

Je fais promener ma chienne does not have the same meaning.
It means that someone else is walking the dog which is not
the case here.

So your student is right.

HTH

Pauline

Pauline Côté
Canada
Local time: 00:24
Native speaker of: French
PRO pts in pair: 88
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