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"Je commence les pâtes."

January 8, 2013

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/rberens

I think it should be "Je commence manger les pâtes."

January 8, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

"commencer" followed by a verb needs a preposition, so : "je commence à manger les pâtes".

January 8, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/abrooksie

I agree with rberens. I start the pasta makes it sound like you are starting to cook the pasta instead of eat it.

May 1, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/genusreptilian

But seriously though, why is it "I am starting to eat the pasta" instead of "I am starting the pasta?" As in "I am now beginning to cook the pasta."

March 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

You are right, "je commence les pâtes" means that you are beginning to do sthg, it does not tell what (eat, cook, cut, boil...)

March 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/amzborowska

what's the difference between "c" and "ç"? i saw it in the conjugation graph. where do they come from and how do you know when to use which?

January 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/baasacJak

As far as I was aware (from french class at school), the cedilla indicates a soft c pronounced: "ssss", rather than the normal c pronounced: "k". So just different sounds, I think. Like the cedilla c in Francais is a "sss" sound.

January 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/abrooksie

The ç is when it makes an s sound

May 1, 2013
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