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arriver à – French expression

arriver à - French expression


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What does the French expression ' arriver à ' mean? What does it sound like? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne Audio.

arriver à - literally to arrive to - actually means to be able to, can. Often, when spoken, the speaker will insist on CAN, as if it were a surprise, as if it were unexpected.

  • « J'arrive à parler français. »
    "I can speak French."
  • « J'arrive pas à te trouver sur Facebook. Tu peux m'ajouter en amie ? »
    "I don't seem to be able to find you on Facebook. Can you add me as a friend?"

Note that there is an accent over the A, and that's because this A is not the verb AVOIR, it's a preposition.

Related: About arriver .

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