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The use of NON in French.....

and how to circumvent it. Most interesting and fun, even for Richard though I suspect he will be seriously confused!


http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190804-why-the-french-love-to-say-no

Too thick for a PhD!
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Re: The use of NON in French.....

Wools, your link had me smiling and nodding in agreement because, only a couple of weeks ago, I had a real-life demonstration of this use of nonSmile [:)]

I was in the local x ray place trying to book a RV.  Admittedly, my request was not straightforward as I needed it within a couple of working days and I wanted a specified radiologist.

As in the article, the réceptioniste said Non, pas possible, almost before I could finish my question.

After a pause, I asked, can you then please suggest an X ray place near here where I could go?  Just as in the article, this was clearly not a question that could be answered with a yes or no!  She ostentatiously and noisily riffled through some pages on the appointment book and then said, can you come on Monday morning?

Given that it was already Thursday, I considered that to be quite a satisfactory outcomeBig Smile [:D] 

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Re: The use of NON in French.....

Good question Wooly.
Following Mint's excellent example, my experience is that often when you ask a french person a question their first reaction is "...sais pas".
It might be because their education is linked to a right answer, or a wrong answer. They're afraid to get it wrong.
A correct answer is a good/bon reponse.  A wrong answer is a bad/mal reponse. The question becomes one of morality.
I don't think there are french words for correct or incorrect.

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Love it, mint!
Great article, too.
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What I usually do is start by saying, I have a little problem ... and get them sort of on my side ... it seems to work ...

Judith
ex W1, via 47 and 11 and now [just] in 34, equidistant from Carcassonne, Narbonne and Béziers, where I hope we'll finally stay!!
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J'ai un petit souci .. works wonders for me 😊

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Me too, the response is generally favourable - apart from if there’s a real dragon on duty.


Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.


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Re: The use of NON in French.....

Someone told me to say " Priez-vous m'aider......" before a question-especially to those behind a desk. It implies you're desperate and throwing yourself on their mercy. Seems to work for me anyway 😁
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