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Hmm.being a french student. I think it does not have any historical reasons. When forming Passé compose you have to use either the verbs avoir , alller or étre , depending on the action being done, because you are talking about the doing something in the past. For example je suis allé à la Tour Eiffel. Meaning i went to the eiffel tour. When forming ...


My grandma used to do that. She called it: tater le cul des poules.


When used with persons, à usually marks the beneficiary/recipient (a dative of sorts): Baptiste a fait une fleur à Christine. Paul a donné du pain à Marie. Beneficiary is to be understood as recipient, the result might not be an actual benefit from his standpoint as in your first context.


If you try to apply one language's logic to another, you will indeed conclude such things. But be sure that for a French native speaker learning English, the English form will be considered strange, not the French one. Now, an interesting question lying above that is: what can be revealed about the spirit of a language by analysing these small differences ...

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