FR: able to go swimming

Discussion in 'French and English Grammar / Grammaire française et anglaise' started by Kitty English, Mar 8, 2009.

  1. Kitty English New Member

    English - England
    Bonjour!

    If i want to write "they are able to go swimming.." is it "ils peuvent se baigner.."? I don't know if I'm meant to use the infinitive of swimming or not! C'est pour un essai du roman "L'etranger" et les relations entre Meursault et Marie.

    Merci :)
     
  2. Klimaxxx Member

    Belgium
    French
    "Ils peuvent (aller) se baigner/nager"
     
  3. rolmich Senior Member

    Tel-Aviv/Israel
    french (France)
    "ils peuvent se baigner" is good french but vague/general.
    It could be "they are allowed to go swimming" or "they are able to".
    If you want to convey the idea of beeing able to you have to say :
    "ils sont capables d'aller nager".
     

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