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Il connaît le sanskrit

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mallu:
Hi Everyone, The following is the Google translation of the unacceptable  English sentence , He is knowing Sanskrit. is this correct translation - word by word translation  that retains the tense and aspect denoted by the English sentence.   Many thanks in advance

Daniel:
(That's just literally "He knows [the] Sanskrit", with tense/aspect identical to the grammatical form in English.)

mallu:
Thank you Daniel, So in French progressive aspect is possible with Statives too

Daniel:
No-- "connaît" is "knows", not "is knowing". It's just a present tense form.
(Also, I believe the verb should be "sait", which means "knows [a fact]", as opposed to "connaît", which means "be familiar with [a person, etc.]".)

Relying on Google Translate for research with a language you don't know is not a good idea.

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