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Récapitulation --- Here is the English equivalent of the exercise. This kind of exercise makes sense only when you understand the material surrounding the blanks. You should be able to read through the French in the exercise and understand everything. Then you can complete the thoughts with something logical. You will find the answers following this translation.

1.

We are going to invent another story. It is not going to be like the story of Mireille and Robert; it is going to be different. The two young people are not going to be like Robert and Mireille. They are going to be different. First of all, the young man is not going to be American; it's the young girl who is going to be American. Therefore, the young girl is not going to be French; it's the young man who is going to be French.

2.

The young man is not going to be tall. The young girl is going to be taller than he. Is the young girl going to be a bit "sturdy"... fat, like Obélix? No, she isn't going to be fat, and the young man isn't going to be fat either. He is going to be thin. The young girl is also going to be thin. They are both going to be thin. Is the young girl going to be blond? No, in this story it's the young man who is going to be blond. He is therefore going to have blond hair, but he's going to have a red mustache and red eyebrows also. Is he also going to have a red beard? No, he's not going to have a beard.

3.

The young man is going to have one blue eye, but he's not going to have both eyes blue. No, he's going to have one blue eye and the other gray. (It's not frequent, but it's possible.) The young girl is going to have one chestnut brown eye, and the other eye chestnut brown also. Yes, she is going to have both eyes chestnut brown. (Attention: that's a bizarre plural ... an exception.)

4.

Is the young girl going to be mean or nice? She's not going to be mean; she's going to be very nice, on the contrary. The young man isn't going to be mean either. He's going to be very nice, he also. (In this story, "Everyone is good looking. Everyone is nice." Like that, everyone is content.)

5.

Good. Let's see, now. What is the young girl going to speak? She's going to speak English, of course, since she's going to be American. And the young man, what's he going to speak? Well, he's going to speak French, obviously, since he's going to be French. And who is going to go to France? The young man or the young girl? It's probably the young girl who is going to go to France. (Since the young man is French, he is probably going to be in France. You don't think so?)