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"Je mange, sinon je meurs."

Translation:I eat, otherwise I die.

January 17, 2013



I wrote "I eat, lest I die", but I guess Duolingo doesn't know that construction...


The basics of life...


Très joyeux :)


I eat or I die - no good?


Why can't we use "unless" instead of "otherwise"?


"I eat, else I die." is perfectly acceptable, if now days slightly old-fashioned, English and more succinct than, "I eat, or else I die."


Just for your info, In French, I think you would more likely hear "Si je ne mange pas, je meurs", or "je mange ou je meurs". But that is not the objective of this exercise, is it?


I don't think "I eat, else I die" is acceptable in UK english.

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    I don't think it's acceptable, period. I am American and that is not really a good sentence.


    And that highlights the difference between Us and UK English.

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      The only legitimate differences between the two usually have to do with the spelling of words. I have my computer spell check set to English(UK) and nobody I am talking to from America notices unless I mention my mother. "mum"

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        I draw difference as being when we can no longer understand one another at all.


        I don't think so. There are lots of linguistic and vocabulary differences. For example, what is a 'trunk' or a 'pavement'.

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          A trunk is a chest or the nose of an elephant and pavement is what's on the side of the road. Is that different? If so I hadn't noticed.


          In US a trunk is the boot of a car and pavement is the hard surface of a road or street. They were the only two differences I could think of quickly, but there are loads more.


          They took it, put some horrible squirty cheese all over it, and ruined it.


          my answer is 'i eat, except i die',why it is not correct ? it shows i enjoy eating a lot!!!


          This made me laugh out loud! Except as an English sentence it makes no sense. =P


          does this make sense in French? I eat otherwise I die...?!


          Same as in English, I guess. Remember that these sentences use vocabulary you know and add new words little by little, so their relevance is not always obvious.


          Wow, I never knew that.

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