Posts from 2018-10-25

Simply French for Beginners - reporting lost or stolen items

Lost and stolen:

I have lost = j’ai perdu

You have lost = tu as perdu (informal and singular)

She/He has lost = elle/il a perdu

We have lost = nous avons perdu

You have lost = vous avez perdu (formal and/or plural)

They have lost = elles/ils ont perdu

*Note: the past participle here, "perdu", does not change how it sounds. However when written, it sometimes follows the gender and number of the object(s), but it always sounds the same – so lost could be spelt = perdu, perdue, perdus, or perdues

 

The format is, verb + Past participle + Combined with "to have"

To lose = perdre; Lost = perdu; I have lost = j’ai perdu;

To steal = voler; Stolen = volé; Someone has stolen = quelqu’un a volé;

To find = trouver; Found = trouvé; I have found = J’ai trouvé;

To look for = chercher; Looked for = cherché; I have looked for = j’ai cherché;;

To take = prendre; Taken = pris; Someone has taken = quelqu’un a pris

To help = aider; Helped = aidé; I have helped = j’ai aidé;

To report = rapporter; Reported = rapporté;; I have reported = j’ai rapporté

 

Some things you might hear when you report something lost or stolen:

Bonjour Monsieur/Madame, est-ce que je peux vous aider? = hello sir/madame, can I help you ?

 

Qu'est-ce que c'est arrivé ? = what happened ?

[ OR ] Qu’est-ce qu’il y a? = what’s the matter?

 

Quand est-ce que c’est arrivé? = when did it happen ?

[ OR ] Quand est-ce qu'il s'est passé ?

 

Où est-ce que c'est arrivé ? = where did it happen ?

 

Décrivez votre ….(item) = describe your ….(item)

 

Où restez-vous ? Votre adresse, s’il vous plaît = where are you staying ? your address please

 

Je vais vous donner un numéro de référence. = I am going to give you a reference number.

Vous l'avez besoin pour l’assurance. = You need it for your insurance.

 

Some vocabulary that you might lose or have stolen:

• Bicycle = le vélo

• Car = la voiture

• Coat = le manteau

• Hand bag = le sac à main

• Jacket = le veston or la veste

• Keys = les clefs 

• Car keys = le clef de la voiture / House keys = le clef de la maison

• (Hotel) room key = le clef de la chambre

• Lap top = le portable (computer = l’ordinateur [masc])

• Mobile phone = le portable (also la téléphone cellulaire)

• Passport = le passeport

• Purse = le porte-monnaie

• Suitcase = la valise

• Wallet = le porte-feuille

• Déposer plainte = file a complaint

 

When did it happen?

• Yesterday = hier / last night = hier soir (in English when we say last night we usually mean yesterday evening) / this morning = ce matin / yesterday evening = hier soir

 

From a web site - protocol?

“….The police will file a “récépissé de declaration de vol” or Declaration of Theft. You will need copies for your insurance….”

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