So Collins dictionary says that « habituer quelqu’un à... » means “to get somebody used to...”.

(1) https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/french-english/habituer

Therefore, if I wanted to say “I’m getting my sister used to these chocolates.”, then the french sentence would be « J’habitue ma sœur à ces chocolats. » Thus, the sentence “I’m getting my sister used to them.” would be « J’y habitue ma sœur. ».

However, Google Translate is saying that the correct answer is « Je m’habitue à ma sœur. » But doesn’t that sentence mean “I’m getting used to my sister”. (Please look at link 2).

(2) https://www.lawlessfrench.com/grammar/verbs-with-a/

So which is it?

(a) « J’y habitue ma sœur. » or (b) « Je m’habitue à ma sœur. » ?

and if (b), why?

Also, if you going to explain something could you do so while bearing in mind that I’m a beginner. Thank you! 😊

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    "Je m'habitue à ma soeur" = "I'm getting used to my sister"
    – Laurent S.
    Sep 10, 2020 at 15:24
  • Sans aucun intérêt pécuniaire personnel : deepl.com/translator, je n'ai pas trouvé mieux.
    – Personne
    Sep 11, 2020 at 14:25

1 Answer 1


You are 100% right... and Google Translate is wrong...

  • Thank you @Greg for the confirmation. :)
    – SFR
    Sep 10, 2020 at 15:40
  • Oh yes Google Translate is wrong. Very strange "translation", it doesn't get who 'y' refers to... Sep 17, 2020 at 6:39

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