"Je vais acheter un appareil photo à ma fille."

Translation:I am going to buy a camera for my daughter.

January 2, 2013



why is it ' à ma fille' and not 'pour ma fille'?

January 2, 2013


'ma fille' is the indirect object here, thus 'à'. i.e. this sentence actually translates literally as "I'm going to buy my daughter a camera."

May 31, 2018


Both are acceptable, I think this is just the more common.

January 3, 2013


I'm going to buy a camera FOR my daughter?

May 10, 2013


I am going to buy a camera for my daughter

June 29, 2013


the phrase 'i am going to buy a still camera to my daughter' does not make sense in English, I'll pass on to duolingo via usual route.

October 28, 2013


That's because the translation of the preposition 'à' into English is not one-to-one. 'à' is being used here to mark the indirect object of this sentence. In the context of an indirect object prepositional phrase, English makes distinctions about which preposition to use based on the type of indirect object that French doesn't, therefore in some cases 'à' is translated as 'to' and sometimes 'for'.

May 31, 2018


Appareil photo means camera...that's weird...I think it should be a kind of photo...

June 3, 2013


Appareil means apparatus or device, so appareil photo means photo device.

July 23, 2013


You buy a camera for a person, not to a person.

July 9, 2013


... in English.

January 23, 2018


Two questions. 1. Is it a still camera as opposed to a video camera? I'm a native English speaker, and I've never heard the term. 2. What is the meaning of this sentence with the preposition to, and more importantly, with the preposition à? Could somebody please provide an alternate translation?

October 13, 2013


Voici le datif en français!

February 23, 2019
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