FR: le temps qui/qu'il te reste

Discussion in 'French and English Grammar / Grammaire française et anglaise' started by panettonea, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. panettonea Senior Member

    This phrase is supposed to mean "the time you have left," but I don't really understand it. What function does il serve in the phrase? Why wouldn't it just be le temps qui te reste? Thanks for any help.
  2. Michelvar

    Michelvar quasimodo

    Marseille - France
    French from France

    this is not a stand alone sentence, could you please give us the complete sentence and some context?
  3. Maître Capello

    Maître Capello Mod et ratures

    Suisse romande
    French – Switzerland
    Both phrases are in fact possible:

    le temps qu'il te reste → impersonal il as in Il te reste dix minutes or simply Il pleut.
    le temps qui te reste

    See also the thread ce qui/qu'il se passe in the Français Seulement forum.
  4. panettonea Senior Member

    Hi. Here is the complete sentence: Le temps qu'il te reste, trouve une solution. Is that much help? :) As far as context, there is none. It was a standalone sentence to illustrate the meaning of the verb rester.
  5. panettonea Senior Member

    Thanks. OK, in this case "il reste" means "there remains," I guess? So, literally, the phrase means "the time that there remains to you"?
    OK, I'll check it out.
  6. Maître Capello

    Maître Capello Mod et ratures

    Suisse romande
    French – Switzerland
    Yes, exactly. :)

    The two phrases are correct, but the sentence doesn't make much sense. It should read something like, Pendant le temps qu'il te reste…
  7. panettonea Senior Member


    It came from A Frequency Dictionary of French. Anyway, since I didn't write it myself, I won't feel too bad. ;)

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