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Jan 26 '17 at 16:30 history edited Frank CC BY-SA 3.0
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Jan 26 '17 at 16:27 comment added Frank Yes, I think a-t-il would work, indeed, so n'aurait-il introduces uncertainty.
Jan 26 '17 at 16:27 comment added Frank I think there is combination of uncertainty, Jérôme relating how Alissa would ask herself that question, and it is in the future, or a conditional future, at least...
Jan 26 '17 at 16:26 comment added Catomic But your point about the colon. Didn't that mean that the colon worked just as quotation marks do in English. A direct reporting of what Alissa will end up thinking? That would be a-t-il. No?
Jan 26 '17 at 16:24 comment added Frank Ah - n'a-t-il pas compris doesn't work, because we are talking about a future event. The original is about a past with respect to a future event, hence n'aurait-il pas.
Jan 26 '17 at 16:00 comment added Catomic If, however, the colon blocks an indirect reporting (que) context, then it would have the same blocking power in Gide's original. In which case, n’aurait-il pas compris is simply Alissa's asking that question in a tone of uncertainty? In which case, this whole question simply does not arise!
Jan 26 '17 at 15:49 comment added Catomic But why not just n'a-t-il pas compris meaning did he not understand (or has he not understand)?
Jan 26 '17 at 15:45 comment added Catomic That s'demander will tell you that I have no opportunity to speak French, only to read. Someone to whom it is speech would never make that sort of mistake. / I totally get what you mean by the colon. Right, Alissa would not say or think ait-il as if--she were describing herself. I'll fix it.
Jan 26 '17 at 15:39 comment added Frank s'demander? you mean se demander? but there are those ":" that block the usual que construction, and I can't see how to introduce a que here.
Jan 26 '17 at 15:37 history edited Frank CC BY-SA 3.0
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Jan 26 '17 at 15:36 comment added Catomic s'demander does not require a subjunctive in the que-context? Like doubting, fearing, hoping etc.?
Jan 26 '17 at 15:34 history answered Frank CC BY-SA 3.0