"The boy is reading the menu."

Translation:Le garçon lit le menu.

January 16, 2013

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Is it not possible to say "Le garcon est lit le menu"?


Nope. "is reading" does not translate word for word in French to mean that an action is in progress.

Therefore if you want to translate the fact that at the present time the action of reading is continuous, you have to use the following French construction: "le garçon est en train de lire".


so shouldn't this be the correct translation, even though it is very advanced? because the sentence literally reads "the boy IS READING the menu", not "the boy reads the menu"


you are right, "le garçon est en train de lire le menu" is actually the best translation for the continuous 'is reading'


so I can say too "Le enfant est lisant le menu", isn't it ?


No, you cannot (Duo would have listed it as a correct answer, I think)

This is the rule:

In English, to mean that an action is in progress at the time you speak, you use the continuous verbal form, ie verb BE + action verb in the gerund form (-ing).

o he is reading means he currently reads

In French, this verbal form does not exist (directly translated “il est lisant” is incorrect).

Therefore, you can translate either “il lit” or “il est en train de lire”, where the construction verb être + en train de + infinitive correctly expresses the English continuous form.


When you say that, you start to get into past tense...


all verbs are conjugated with different endings according to the subject:

  • je lis, tu lis, il/elle/on lit, nous lisons, vous lisez, ils/elles lisent


Can you also say "Il lit le menu"?


You can say it, but it would mean "he is reading the menu", not "the boy is reading the menu"


oh really!!!! Le garcon est lecture le menu and the mistake is "est lecture" -_-


What is the difference between l' and le?/


l' is an elided definite article.

what it means is that its original form is "le" or "la" but for phonetic reasons, the vowel is removed and replaced by an apostrophe.

elision is prompted by the need to avoid a vowel conflict between the article and the following word.

l' replaces "le" or "la" in front of a word starting with a vowel or a non aspirate H:

  • l'arbre (masculine)

  • l'homme (masculine)

  • l'eau (feminine)

  • l'huile (feminine)


How do you put in the accents?


Hold down on the letter on your keyboard


i did not put a space so its not right


Yup it takes it as a spelling error


Sitesurf .... thanks a lot

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