Qui est-ce que vous etes, vous, le professeur ou les etudiants?
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16:33 Aug 29, 2000
French to English translations [Non-PRO] Art/Literary
French term or phrase:Qui est-ce que vous etes, vous, le professeur ou les etudiants?
This is just a term of a professeur asking question to the students
Explanation: I agree with the use of "teacher."
However, the word for teacher in French
in primary school is "instituteur/institutrice," in special
schools "educateur/educatrice," schol./
university "enseignant," but i.e.
she is a math teacher "elle est professeur de maths," so it really depends on the overall context.
Harper Collins Robert
Elisabeth Moser United States Local time: 07:23 Native speaker of: German PRO pts in pair: 32
Explanation: "Vous," the ordinary form of direct address can be singular or plural, depending on context. Here, the questioner is addresses a class, hence the plural. The question seems a little odd, but the context makes it rational. The question arises in a television course for students beginning to learn French. A professor of French at Yale University devised the course to be taught using French only -- from the very first class. He begins by demonstrating who is who in the classroom and evaluates his success by asking students questions in French to determine what they have mastered. An early question is the one posed here.
French televsion course sponsored as an Annenberg project and telecast on PBS.
Mary Wilburn United States Local time: 07:23 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in pair: 4