Gillian’s question, When and why to use the verb AGIR in French, is a great opportunity to boost your French vocabulary and reflect on grammar, as this verb is used in different sentence structures.
Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode
Agir = to act, to take action
We need to act! Il faut / on doit agir!
Une action = an act
Des agissements (mplur) = schemes, doings, machinations.
Agir = to act, to behave
Tu as bien/mal agi en lui disant cela
agir sur [qch] = to have an effect on [sth]
Les effets de la morphine n’agissent plus sur elle.
s’agir de [qch] = to be a question of [sth] , be a matter of [sth], concerning… (+ topic)
Il s’agit d’un film sur la seconde guerre mondiale.
Il s’agit d’une question de vie ou de mort.
s’agir de faire [qch] = to come to doing [sth] , as far as [sth] is concerned
Mon fils est très fort lorsqu’il s’agit de faire des bêtises. = My son’s an expert when it comes to doing stupid things.
s’agir = must, be necessary
Il s’agit de bien se tenir = We must behave.
Il ne s’agit pas que tu rates l’avion. = You mustn’t miss your flight. / There is no question of you missing your flight.
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