https://www.duolingo.com/Awesomo

"Cet homme se lave les dents."

January 11, 2013

19 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Awesomo

Can you really use this phrasing to say brushing teeth in French? My intuition is that the phrasing is as weird as saying you clean your teeth in English.

January 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Remy
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Yes, you can say "se laver les dents" or "se brosser les dents".

January 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jeanaux

you don't say "cleaning your teeth"? Go and clean your teeth! Filthy child. Sounds ok to me...

August 1, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/MauroQuil

It's ok, but is not accepted as a translation.

August 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jeanaux

I don't think that's what Awesomo was complaining about whether it was accepted or not though. I thought they were saying that "clean your teeth" sounds odd in english. I don't think it does though.

August 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Remy
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"This man is cleaning his teeth." is accepted as a translation.

August 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Radoja

that man is washing his teeth-this is not correct. This duolingo cccccccccccccc

June 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Remy
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"to wash one's teeth" is not correct in English.

June 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/fergaljd

Yes it is. I hear it all the time.

July 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Remy
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Only "brush one's teeth" and "clean one's teeth" are correct translations for "se brosser les dents" or "se laver les dents".

July 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/ChrisWhatever

I have never heard anyone speaking UK Nglish say that they are washing their teeth: we brush them, we clean them, we NEVER wash them.

Fergalj, where do you hear people say this, please?

August 1, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/fergaljd

I hear it here in Ireland all the time, I am surprised to hear it's not common elsewhere.

August 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/ChrisWhatever

Right. It's a regional thing then. I hear Scottish phrasing regularly and only know it's not straight English English because I've lived there for quite a while.

Thanks, Fergal.

August 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/nkrause

I am a native English speaker in the United States, and I have only ever said "brush," not "wash" or "clean," in regard to teeth. Still, I don't doubt that it is said differently elsewhere! It is probably even different within the U.S. I am in the midwest.

August 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/helenvee

It's the same in Australia. We clean or brush our teeth, never wash them.

August 8, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/IAmJon

Can you say something like: Cet homme lave sa dents?

July 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Remy
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No, you have to say:

  • Cet homme se lave les dents.
  • Cet homme se brosse les dents.

FYI, there is a mistake in your suggestion: since "dents" is plural, it would be "Cet homme lave ses dents.", but it does not sound natural in French.

July 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/christel_grace

se laver is a reflexive verb, so "cet homme se lave les dents" already implies that he his doing it to himself. Therefore, it does not make sense to put "ses" there.

August 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/ChrisWhatever

That was indeed the other thing which confused me here - so I assumed it had to be about false teeth and he was washing his own (with 'ses' added for emphasis) and could later go on to wash those belonging to others.

August 18, 2013
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