"Elle lit un livre."

Translation:She is reading a book.

January 19, 2013



why can't we have "tips and notes" here just like in the spanish class of duolingo?

February 13, 2013


Maybe they are working on it. Grammar tips would be very useful for French. You should ask it on the forum.

March 22, 2014


does anyone else enjoy this ?

September 26, 2013



February 13, 2014


I enjoy it a lot!

March 25, 2015



September 14, 2017



January 17, 2019


Man I hate when the type-what-you-hear questions jump you with a word you haven't seen in a month and forgot how to spell.

July 1, 2014


totally, I did it on Spanish-ughh

May 31, 2016


Me too

September 21, 2016


I translated this as "She reads a book." It accepted it, but the translation says "She is reading a book." I would have translated it as that if it had 'est' in there. Do I not have to put 'est' in the sentence? If so, why? Also, does the word 'lire' and it being conjugated have anything to do with it?

December 28, 2013


potluck- Both are accepted. As in English, the progressive would be "lisant", but we can't say je suis lisant /I'm reading. It's incorrect, but to replace the continuous tense, we say : Nous sommes en train de lire, which means, at this moment, now. We use it a lot in Quebec. In my Book, the difficulties of French, they say that, en train de, is odd., and that it's better to use present tense, il mange à la place de, il est en train de manger. But in Quebec, we say , entrain de, very often and it's correct.

May 3, 2014


Present and present progressive in French, unlike in Spanish, are interchangeable. They are both correct and would depend on the context.

March 9, 2014


There's no present progressive in French, only one present.

March 22, 2014


Only one present, it's very simple. Il lit. No other forms. Don't try to add an "être" auxiliary, it's more simple.

March 22, 2014


No you don't have to put "est" in the sentence. "Lit" already means, "is reading". French just doesn't need articles to link nouns to their verbs.

July 1, 2014


Thank all for your teachings. Much appreciated! ^_^

July 1, 2014


What's the difference between lit and lisons?

December 23, 2013


"lit", il lit/elle lit. He reads/She reads. Nous lisons: we read. Please, lean the conjugation: Je lis, tu lis, il lit, nous lisons, vous lisez, ils lisent.

March 22, 2014


You know a lot of french!

September 21, 2016


is the pronunciation of "..lit un.." correct? shouldn't the 't' be pronounced since it is followed by a vowel?

January 19, 2013


It's a forbidden liaison: http://www.lepointdufle.net/ressources_fle/liaisons_obligatoires_liaisons_interdites.htm#.Uy19vEDTq2M After a verb, except some exception as "être", etc, the liaison are usually forbidden.

March 22, 2014


I'm not entirely sure, but I believe that in this sentence, a liaison between "lit" and "un" is considered very formal and is rarely heard in normal conversation. This website should help you out. http://french.about.com/library/pronunciation/bl-liaisons-o.htm

January 19, 2013


Here the liaison is forbidden, see explanations above.

March 22, 2014


lit? read or is reading? how to use the word?

June 17, 2014


The safest bet is reading and translating all present tense french into present progressive english "il lit" he is reading "nous lisons" we are reading "J'ecris" I am writing.

It just transliterates more grammatically pleasing than saying like, "I write" "He reads." "Hey what's Sally doing?" "She writes a letter" I mean when would you ever actually say that in conversation?

July 1, 2014


Google says that "lit" means bed, (but when you enter this sentence it translates to "reading") so what is it? Does it mean both read/reading and bed? or is Google wrong?

August 23, 2013


Lit is a noun that means "bed", and it's also the he/she/it form of the verb "lire". Google has trouble seeing things in context, and it can be kind of dumb sometimes. If you type in "elle lit", you get "she reads", but if you type "il lit", it's just "reads" (probably because of the he/it/one confusion).

October 21, 2013


i'm confused by this too

June 3, 2015


It means read and bed but it just depends what context its in because in this case you wouldn't say that I bed a book would you?

April 12, 2016


Do simple present and present continous are the same in french??

December 21, 2013


No. There's only one present in French, more simple.

March 22, 2014


elena- What we use for continuous is this : we are reading / nous sommes en train de lire.

May 3, 2014


Why is it un and not une? What is the difference? I will give lingot for an answer.

February 11, 2017


I put "She read a book" But that was wrong. It's meant to be "She reads a book" How am I meant to know that? It is 'lit' which is read right?

June 2, 2014


Lit is "is reading" or "reads" which is present tense. "she read a book," happened in the past. "She is reading," is happening now

July 1, 2014


I put read as well. So what is the word that the French use for past tense when translating 'she read?'

December 13, 2015


Another one of those autovoices that is hard to understand at normal and slow speeds.

November 26, 2014


I guessed reads because of LITerature

May 2, 2015


the program says that livre is delivers but it is supposed to be book .

February 15, 2016


So hard to pronounce!!!!!!!

February 20, 2016



February 23, 2016


Half my family speaks french, it's taught at my school (I'm Canadian) and I learned more German in a few months than I did French in 14 years. I'm learning more French on this app than anywhere.

May 18, 2016


Where will I get the entire conjugation of "lit"?

May 29, 2016


Why is elle used for both she and they?

May 29, 2016


It is not. Elle is she, elles is they. Il is he, ils is they.

October 26, 2016


In the sentence before, they say that "Elle" means "they" or "they're" and now I got it wrong because it means "she" or "it" which I don't really understand. I keep getting it wrong because of the two different meanings. Anyone else have the problem?

May 31, 2016


Elle is she, elles is they.

October 26, 2016


The previous sentence began with the word "Elle" which I translated to "she" but it was marked incorrect and it translated "Elle" to "They" but the next sentence also began with "Elle" so I said "They" and it translated to "she" but the list of definitions for the word "Elle" does not include the word "They".

October 8, 2016


why is t silent?

November 30, 2016


most consonants at the ends of words are silent unless there is a liaison. C, R, F, and L are most often pronounced consonants (CaReFuL is often used to remember this)

December 1, 2016


Why is "She is reading one book" not an acceptable translation? Un means one no? It's possible to be in the processes of reading multiple books.

March 12, 2017


Didnt here the "t" on this one

February 24, 2019
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