French sentence structures?

I 've been learning French for about a week now and I'm just trying to figure out why some sentences are like this - if someone could explain so I can say things correctly :)

So I'm thinking in English here...

Let's say I wanted to say 'I want to see you' in French - my first idea is to group those words that literally mean 'I' (Je) 'Want' (Veux) 'To' (á) 'See (voir) 'You' (tu) in order to create the sentence so it would be something like this:

'Je veux á voir tu.' and in French that apparently makes no sense and it should in fact be something along the lines of 'Je veux te voir.'

Why is the sentence structured like that when other simple sentences such as 'Je suis un homme' follow the same structure as English?


Thank you

Apr 29, 2014 6:46 AM
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c'est la vie mon ami...c'est la vie

April 29, 2014

In fact if you want to learn french you shouldn't compare the structures with English because it's different ! Not all of it , each language has his own structures ^^ i found some french grammar is similar to arabic but i can't translate always arabic to french coz i will lost so just focus on one language ,,transforming between languages doesn't work often ! Good luck :)

April 29, 2014

Nothing should come between the subject and the verb in French, except a pronoun.  If you haven't already, read this article:  


I've been studying French for 2 years and if I'd seen the link I just posted, I'd be way a head of where I am now.


Good luck!

May 5, 2014
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