Tamsin Constable

New words, old grammar

Here’s my sister’s attempt, aged around 5 and living in a French-speaking country, to press new French words into service using familiar English grammar. She found a sponge in the hallway. This is what she said, utterly naturally and complete with perfectly rolled ‘rs’:

I trouved this éponge traîning in the couloir.

trouver = to find
éponge = sponge
traîner = to hang around
couloir = corridor

Trying to do the reverse, I’ve come up with this:

J’ai found cette sponge hangaroundant dans le corridor.

Actually, I’m more interested in what the sponge was doing in the corridor in the first place.

And avec ça, I’ll laisse you maintenant and retourne to my travail.

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