French proper names

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French proper names

Postby cataphor » 2013-03-29, 12:25

Hei-hei,

in English you can say stuff like 'we linguists', and in Norwegian you can even say stuff like 'han Magnus' - 'he Magnus'. What about that in French? I know that you can say, e.g., 'la belle Cécile'. Could you also say (1) and (2)?

(1) elle Aude
(2) il Pierre

Thanks in advance!

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Re: French proper names

Postby JackFrost » 2013-03-29, 15:38

Not like that, no. It just doesn't sound very natural.
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Re: French proper names

Postby Emandir » 2013-03-29, 18:22

In some regions of France, people put articles before first names : le Pierre, l'Aude, Le Jacques, etc.
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Re: French proper names

Postby Schwarzrat » 2013-03-29, 18:36

cataphor wrote:Hei-hei,

in English you can say stuff like 'we linguists', and in Norwegian you can even say stuff like 'han Magnus' - 'he Magnus'. What about that in French? I know that you can say, e.g., 'la belle Cécile'. Could you also say (1) and (2)?

(1) elle Aude
(2) il Pierre

Thanks in advance!


In 'la belle Cécile', 'la' is an article and 'belle' is an adjective. It has nothing to do with 'elle' and 'il', which are personal pronouns.

But you could say something like "Nous, linguistes, devons maîtriser nos langues de travail".

Emandir wrote:In some regions of France, people put articles before first names : le Pierre, l'Aude, Le Jacques, etc.


Isn't it mostly in Occitania ? There's something strange in Alsace : in the alemannic dialects, you can hear things like "d'r Toni", but nobody says "l'Antoine" for example.
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Re: French proper names

Postby Emandir » 2013-03-29, 19:03

Schwarzrat wrote:Isn't it mostly in Occitania ? There's something strange in Alsace : in the alemannic dialects, you can hear things like "d'r Toni", but nobody says "l'Antoine" for example.
No, they don't really say this here, I've mostly heard it in Burgundy or Franche-Comté.
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Re: French proper names

Postby Limagne » 2013-03-29, 19:19

We do it all the time here in Auvergne.

Eg:

Alors, comment il va le Alphonse ?

Nicknames usually take the article too.


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