Curiosity, learning and homework help
Sign upLog in
Language: FR | ENG

> Back to the home page <

Discussion forums

[French] Elle a l'air content or Elle a l'air contente
You have to be logged in to reply
Author Message

Posted on 28/12/2021 at 03:36:14

by RudyT

I have a quick question about a point in French.
How do you say "she looks happy" in French?

Some people say:
"Elle a l'air content"
while others say:
"Elle a l'air contente".

Which one is the correct one? Is there a debate about it?


Posted on 28/12/2021 at 04:27:41

by TheLibrarian
Hi Rudy! 🙂

This is an excellent question.
Actually, there is no debate at all about it. Both are correct.

In French grammar, everything is clear. There are many rules and exceptions for these rules. But there is an explanation for everything.

"Avoir l'air" is an expression that means "paraitre". So:

Elle parait contente → Elle a l'air contente

"Contente" agrees with "elle".

However, "avoir" also means "posséder". So:

Elle possède quelque chose → Elle a quelque chose

"Quelque chose" can be anything. For example, "une voiture grise" or "l'air content". So:

Elle possède une voiture grise → Elle a une voiture grise ("Grise" agrees with "voiture")
Elle possède l'air content → Elle a l'air content ("Content" agrees with "air")

In the end, "elle a l'air content" and "elle a l'air contente" are both correct and have the same meaning while if we decompose the sentences we can see that the adjective applies to different subjects.

I hope it is helpful.

Posted on 28/12/2021 at 08:53:52

by RudyT
It is very clear now indeed. Thanks very much.
You have to be logged in to reply

Use of cookies on this website:
- If you are not a member of this website, no cookie is intentionally stored on your computer.
- If you are a member of this website, cookies are only used to keep your connection after each visit. This option can be deactivated at will in your profile and is deactivated by default.
- No other information is stored or retrieved without your knowledge, neither your personal information nor any other whatsoever. If in doubt, do not hesitate to contact the administrator of this website .
- Even this information banner does not use cookies and will therefore be displayed constantly on each visit on all pages of the website.