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"Vous buvez du thé froid ?"

January 8, 2013



"Iced tea" should be a valid translation in this context


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.


According to Wikipedia, iced tea is called "thé froid" in Switzerland.


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Thanks Christian, but I think it should not be accepted on Duolingo, as it is regional particularity.


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.


Thanks Christian, didn't know that!


OK, thanks for the clarification!


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?"

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It can be both "you" formal (2nd person singular) and "you" plural (2nd person plural).


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

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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


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

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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?"

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