I am trying to ask a friend whether she remembers a person I was telling her about. "Do you remember Aaron?" but I'm not sure if I should say:"Tu te souviens du Aaron?" or "Tu souviens de Aaron?"

  • Is your question about the construction of the question or the choice of the correct préposition/article (“du” or “de”)? Mar 17, 2016 at 10:41

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"souvenir" is a reflexive verb. You will always use it as "se souvernir".
So it would be :

Tu te souviens d'Aaron ?
Tu te souviens de Stéphane ?
Te souviens-tu du zoo que nous avions visité ?
Est-ce que tu te souviens de l'histoire du garçon qui criait au loup ?

Please see source with the full verb

As @Stephane points out, you also misuse "de" and "du".
Note that "du" is the shortened version of "de le".
Here, you won't say "le Aaron", since it is a person, so you have to use "de".
Note that « de la » and « de l' » must not be shortened with du (as you see in my first and third examples).
For more information about "de" and "du", you may see on an other thread this answer from @Gilles

  • There is a grammatical error (possible typo) in the second sentence. It should be "Te souviens-tu du zoo que nous avons visité?" using the past tense of the verb "visiter" ("Te souviens-tu du zoo que nous avions visité?" would also work).
    – glpsx
    Apr 8, 2016 at 22:23
  • @VonKar Indeed, it was a typo, thank you :)
    – Random
    Apr 10, 2016 at 20:46
  • Petite correction: "Tu te souviens d'Aaron"' et non "de Aaron"...
    – BBBreiz
    Apr 12, 2016 at 8:06
  • @BBBreiz Thanks. Here I wanted to point the use of "de" and didn't want to be confusing, I changed it :)
    – Random
    Apr 12, 2016 at 8:19

You would most commonly say

Tu te souviens d'Aaron?

if Aaron is a name (I don't know what Aaron is), but you can also say

Te souviens-tu d'Aaron?

Tu te souviens du Aaron

this means

Do you remember the Aaron?

so it isn't correct

  • @Random when you say "do you remeber Drake?"
    – FlipFloop
    Mar 16, 2016 at 15:49
  • you cannot say "du Aaron" because Aaron begins with a vowel, so you must say "de l'Aaron".
    – BBBreiz
    Apr 12, 2016 at 8:08
  • Another precision: the first well-known Aaron in history was the brother of Moses, who became the first grand priest of the Hebrews.
    – BBBreiz
    Apr 12, 2016 at 8:10

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