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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tusharbajaj

"He buys his food and drink."

January 14, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tusharbajaj

il achete sa nourriture et boisson should be correct


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Arjofocolovi

Certainly not.

You could say : "Il lui achète à manger et à boire."

At the most you can also try : "Il lui achète sa nourriture et sa boisson", but it's a bit too literal.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/isacvale

Doesn't "Il lui offre à boire..." seems to imply person A is supplying something to person B? Because "He buys his food..." certainly indicates he is buying it for himself, or that person A is buying it from person B (otherwise would be "He buys him food...). Doesn't that explain tusharbajaj opinion?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Arjofocolovi

Nope, it would be the same structure.

In the case of someone buying for himself :

"Il s'achète à manger et à boire." or "Il s'achète sa nourriture et sa boisson." (again, too literal)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Arjofocolovi

Well it's the verb "s'acheter" which is used exactly as "acheter", except that it's meant to be used when the subject buys for himself.

Here is the conjugation :

  • Je m'achète * = I buy * for myself
  • Tu t'achètes * = You buy * for yourself
  • Il/elle/on s'achète * = He/She/it buys * for himself/herself/itself
  • Nous nous achetons * = We buy * for ourselves
  • Vous vous achetez * = You buy * for yourselves
  • Ils/elles s'achètent * = They buy * for themselves

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tusharbajaj

why did you use s' before achete..i am very confused.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bcsteve

"Il lui offre à boire et à manger" is right, but "Il lui offre à manger et à boire" is wrong? ...when "food" comes first in the English sentence?

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