Use of the two conjugations of s'asseoir

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    Bonnie
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    I know that there are two (correct) ways to conjugate s’asseoir (je m’assieds/je m’assois, etc.). I’m wondering if one is more frequently used than the other, or if one is more “acceptable”/formal and the other more casual. In a recent kwiziq.com exercise “…je m’assois…” was used. I had always used/been taught “je m’assieds”. Lawless French has both versions, but many other places online have only the “je m’assieds version (including recent editions — in hard copy — of 501 French Verbs). I want to be able to explain their use to my students, but I’m confused myself.

    Thank you for your input.

  • #21721

    AJF
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    My Bescherelle “Complete guide to conjugating 12000 French verbs” states “forms ending in ie and ey are preferable to those in oi which are less refined”
    I don’t know just how authoritative this is, but that is what it states — hope this helps.
    Alan

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