roke8911 si tu as eu faux à"avec ou sans de l'eau" c'est normal:dans ce cas il faudrait qu'ils rajoutent l'article partitif"some"qui veut dire"de l',de la,du"pour que ce soit juste et ça donnerait"with or without some water".j'espère que ce que j'ai écrit va te servir à toi et à d'autres.dis-moi si tu comprends pas je t'aiderai:)
The partititive article is omitted after certain prepositions such as "sans", "en" and "par".
It is also omitted after the preposition "avec" when an abstract noun follows and when "avec" has the meaning of "qui a"/"who has".
- A Complete French Grammar for Reference and Practice, page 230, Trudie Maria Booth
Much of the book is available for viewing at g**gle books. Certain pages are blocked/blank but I think you can see enough to know whether you want to purchase it or borrow it from the library.
Also, it appears that you can view a generous "sample" of the book online at the Toronto Public Library website. I'm not a member; I viewed the book without logging in.
I don't know about Norway, but in the U.S., most state and/or town libraries let you borrow books online (sometimes through multiple sources, including the Overdrive app). If the book isn't available online or at your local library, some of them will mail you a copy to borrow from another library.
I was very disappointed when I saw that the book didn't have an answer key to all the exercises. Why do exercises if you can't correct them? Fortunately I found the author's mail address , sent her a mail, and a few hours later she sent me the answer key. Very strange not to have the answers printet in the book.
Yesterday I did present tense from this book . All the exercises are translations from English to French. Today I refreshed the present tense on the French tree at DL, all the translations are from French to English, you hardly ever write the target language in DL. I stick to the book from now on.
Enjoy the book!
I agree that Duo French for English speakers does not often require you to write answers in the target language. I am studying reverse trees (e.g. German for French speakers, Spanish for French speakers) so that I get more practice writing in French! Before the trees were revised, I think there were more exercises in the target language. It looks like Duo has dumbed down to emphasize translation and perhaps to target younger school-age users. I think it's a serious weakness in Duo's approach. Right now I'm preparing for some work-related French language training. No question, it is more difficult to generate written French than to passively recognize it.
It is a simple question but so hard to answer xD
En français "eau" est un nom comme "lait, sel et poivre" car tu ne peux pas le compter (comme des stylos par exemples) en disant "je voudrais une eau" sauf si tu précises le genre de l'eau (plate, minérale, pétillante..) ou si tu dis la quantité par les centilitres par exemples, ou en disant "un verre, une carafe d'eau". Tu as donc raison d'utiliser globalement "d' l'" mais cela fonctionne après un verbe mais pas après une préposition, ce que sont les mots "avec sans" sont. C'est le début d'une loongue explication que je tente la plus juste possible malgré la complexité de la langue française :P
In french, water is a noun alike for example milk, salt and peper because you cannot count by saying "je voudrais une eau/I'd like one water please" except if you precise the kind of water or say que quantity with "centilitres, a glass of". So, you're right to use "d'/l'" but it works after a verb and not after a "préposition", which "avec sans" are. By the way, I think it is the same as in english, you don't say "without the water", right? It is the beginning of a long and complicated explanation but French is complicated, and I hope you get it ..if you read all this x)
I hope my english is understandable ^^'
En anglais, on dit, par exemple: "Take with or without water." pour signifier "[You] take [the medicine, the pill] with or without water." Littéralement, prends-le avec eau ou sans eau.
Voici d'autres exemples sur l'internet:
- Take one tablespoon of raw honey, with or without water, three times a day
- Unica Super Gel - an antibacterial hand cleaner in a soft paste to be used with or without water
- Cetaphil (liquid skin cleanser) can be used with or without water and can even be used to clean sensitive baby rash areas.
- Place the tablet on your tongue. The tablet will dissolve quickly and may be swallowed with or without water. Try not to chew the tablet.
- Do you roast [e.g. chicken] with or without water in the roasting pan?
- Browning ground beef with or without water
- Baptism with or without water
- Do they use any Form of Baptism, either with, or without Water ? [text dated 1756]
- Non-Aqueous Liquid Dew Point Temperature Calculation (With Or Without Water)
Le voyage, la nature:
- Lake Eyre, magnificent with or without water ...