https://www.duolingo.com/Jon_MB

"Vous buvez du thé froid ?"

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1/8/2013, 8:03:37 PM

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https://www.duolingo.com/Jon_MB
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"Iced tea" should be a valid translation in this context

1/8/2013, 8:03:37 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems
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I would disagree. To me, "iced tea" would be "thé glacé". This sentence sounds more like someone just took a swig from a cup of tea that has been sitting there for several hours and someone said "You're drinking cold tea?". That's just my opinion though.

1/8/2013, 8:31:17 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/christian
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According to Wikipedia, iced tea is called "thé froid" in Switzerland.

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Th%C3%A9_glac%C3%A9

1/8/2013, 8:36:38 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Remy
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Thanks Christian, but I think it should not be accepted on Duolingo, as it is regional particularity.

1/8/2013, 9:26:03 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/christian
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Agreed. At least it shouldn't be actively taught. Perhaps it should be accepted as input, though. Maybe show a Swiss flag next to it.

1/8/2013, 9:32:28 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems
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Thanks Christian, didn't know that!

1/8/2013, 8:43:24 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Jon_MB
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OK, thanks for the clarification!

1/8/2013, 9:48:41 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/CorkSpork
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Is this just the formal version of "you," rather than plural? If someone also knows Spanish...I thought this was the equivalent to "ustedes beben," but I guess it's "usted bebe?"

1/9/2013, 7:23:15 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Remy
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It can be both "you" formal (2nd person singular) and "you" plural (2nd person plural).

1/9/2013, 7:24:34 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/wolfe.francine

How do you know when to put the adjective before or after the noun?

1/24/2013, 3:31:09 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Remy
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In French, most adjectives are placed after the noun.

Certain adjectives are placed before the noun, some which you can memorize with the acronym "BANGS":

Beauty - Age - Numbers - Good and bad - Size (except for grand with people)

These descriptors - and a few others - are considered inherent qualities of the noun: For example "une jolie fille" for "a pretty girl"

Please also have a look at the following link: http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/adjectives_4.htm

1/24/2013, 2:48:36 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Gareth321

I thought if we were asking a question the verb comes before the pronoun: "Buvez-vous...", "mange-tu..." etc.

2/21/2013, 7:57:11 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Remy
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In French, there are 3 ways to ask a question:

1) Most formal: when the verb and the subject are inverted (the verb is in first position)

Boit-il (...) ? = "Does he drink/Is he drinking?"

Here, you have to put a hyphen between the verb and the subject in French.

2) Less formal: when the subject is in first position and the verb in second position

Il boit (...) ? = He drinks/He is drinking?"

3) Idiomatic phrase: "Est-ce que" (literally "Is it that"), or "Est-ce qu'" (before a vowel)

Est-ce qu'il boit (...) ? = "Does he drink/Is he drinking?"

2/21/2013, 3:30:31 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/northernguy
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Thank you.

2/21/2013, 5:01:14 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Gareth321

Thanks :)

2/21/2013, 8:39:11 PM
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