"Do you like rice? Yes, I like rice."

January 9, 2013


Why couldn't it be "du" riz, since the English doesn't say "the" rice?

January 24, 2013

aime/adore are always followed by le/la or les.

January 28, 2013

Thanks Emma_1989! Good to know.

July 16, 2013

Because if you say 'Tu aimes du riz' you would be saying 'Would you like some rice'. Different meaning.

February 9, 2013

that's helpful. can anyone add anything?

March 31, 2013

I got this question wrong because I forgot about the French dual use of le, la, les which is a trap for English speakers.

In English we use the to indicate those ones right there, that soup right there . So we say I like the soup/ I like the roses. French use le/ la/ les in the same way.

In English when want to speak of things in general we drop the article. I like soup/ I like roses . We are saying I like all soup/ all roses .

But in French we can't drop the article. Just like English, French does not have an article that conveys the general sense of the noun. So they have given le/ la/ les a second usage which is ...all examples of something.. J'aime les roses/ I like roses. (I like all roses).

This represents a trap for English speakers because we don't use the in that way. We see the as always meaning those roses right there.

So we are inclined to use des/ du/ some when we want to speak generally. But of course some is not all. Some is not all examples of something. What is required is la/ le/ les which is all in particular instances.

Only context can tell you which is the intended meaning.

Hope this helps.

April 14, 2013

Thanks! That helps a lot to clarify this becasue I always get it wrong.

July 16, 2013


January 29, 2013

Emma_1989: Je aime le lait????

March 22, 2013

I understand this is wrong in the context of this question but meaning wise is this correct:

"Tu aimes le riz?" "Oui, je l'aime!"

August 1, 2013

Why is "est-ce que t'aimes le riz?" wrong but " est-ce que tu aimes le riz?" correct? I thought you had to apostrophe-ise in cases like these.

August 7, 2013

Can I answer "Oui, j'en aime/j'y aime"?

August 11, 2013
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