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"I walk in the morning."

Translation:Je marche le matin.

January 20, 2013



I tried "Je marche dans le matin" and it was incorrect. The suggestions were "Je marche dans la matinée" and "Je marche le matin." Why is mine incorrect, and why do we allow "dans" only for the feminine "morning"?


"matin" is used as a date and "matinée" as a duration.

so "dans la matinée" means "in the course of the period from sunrise to noon".

and "le matin" is like "le samedi", meaning "all Saturdays/every Saturday"


Thanks. French drives me nuts


A rather excellent example of the information provided in the "Tips and Notes" for the Dates and Time lessons.


However, then the presented phrase could still be translated "I walk all mornings/every morning." Could it not?


Je me promène le matin, should work here as well right? It said it was wrong.


I have the same issue.


"marcher" is more active than "se promener".

"Je marche le matin" means for ex that you walk to the station instead of taking the bus or that you walk to exercise.

"se promener" is to walk slowly, just for pleasure.


Thanks Sitesurf, the difference is rather clear, at least for me, but it still doesn't hit the point because the English sentence doesn't exclude any of the options you wrote about. If there would be "au travail", "marcher" would fit much better. Without the purpose of the morning walk all the meanings should be equally accepted.


So many of the problems in Duolingo result from the fact that they give short phrases to translate, rather than complete sentences. That's ok IF the short phrases aren't ambiguous -- but many of them are too short and have different shades of meaning. We shouldn't be left to guess their meaning. I love the program (best one I've found online) but it could be improved enormously if they focused more on meaningful, unambiguous sentences and deleted the short, ambiguous phrases.


The only conclusion we can draw from that is that if Duo rejects "se promener" it is because they decided that the meaning was about an active walk, rather than about taking a nice morning walk.


so we're to translate "go for a walk" as "je me promene" and "walk" as "je marche"?


Yes, exactly.


Without providing us with any additional context or information regarding just how active this walking is, refusing "se promener" makes no sense. Se promener is within the range of valid translation given how little we know about this walking, the place, the motive, etc.


The linked article is extremely helpful in sorting out the prepositions. But this sentence does not have a preposition! This is the confusion. At first glance one envisions putting the morning on a leash and taking it for a walk.


I put "Je marche dans le matin". Wrong answer. Why?


Remember: most of the time "dans" means "inside".


Of course I thought because the sentence says "in the morning," so I thought dans le matin. So you're saying that means inside the morning? Where does "in" come in the correct je marche le matin?


'Le matin' means 'in the morning' just as 'le dimanche' means 'on Sunday(s)/every Sunday'. The 'in' is given by the 'le', therefore 'dans' or another word for 'in' is not required.


I think another acceptable way to translate this is le matin, je marche because the french will often use this formation


Emmm... What's wrong with "Je me promène le matin"?


is there a difference between "je march au matin" and "je march le matin"? It seems that both are accepted


je marche le matin is the only correct way to say it, unless you are a poet and want to change the basic construction for a more original one.


thanks, so the fact that "je march au matin" is accepted by Duo is a mistake? I think it's best I wait with the poetry until I get the basics : )


je marchE au matin should not be accepted by Duo.


can't believe I actually missed that E again, despite noticing you marking it... Oh well. Anyway, much obliged, for this post and many excellent others


Could someone please explain why these are incorrect? "Je marche durant/pendant le matin." I guess that any general information on the proper usage of prepositions in French would be helpful as well. Thank you.


This is an article on French temporal prepositions which may help you: http://french.about.com/library/weekly/aa040100.htm


^I always strike gold in these comment sections...


I put 'Je marche du matin', due to a French class in college I am taking. What did I do wrong with that word order?


"je marche du matin au soir" = I walk from morning to evening

This is the only type of context I can imagine to get "du" correct.


I do appreciate your reply, but it still doesn't make sense to me when Google translate tells me 'Je marche du matin' and my French college teacher says the same. Duolingo didn't say 'from morning to evening'. Am I missing some context that your answer didn't explain? Thanks. :)


My advise is that you may use Google Translate to translate single words, and to hear how words or short phrases sound, but not for the translation of phrases.


Reverso is better for longer phrases!


I was told by my french teacher to always talk about a walk using "Faire une promenade(à pied)"... Was he not right? I thought marcher was for working, like "ça marche".


"marcher" has 2 distinct meanings: to walk (j'ai marché jusqu'à la gare/I walked to the station) and to work (la machine marche bien/the machine works well).

"Faire une promenade" is to walk idly, for pleasure.

If you mean that you go somewhere "on foot", you will use "aller à pied", rather than "marcher".


I used "Je marche en matin", and it was wrong. However, looking at the link someone provided, it does use EN in this way. I guess it's because the duration is undefined?


There is no strict rule when it comes to translate "in" to "en" or "dans".

Directionally, "dans" is more concrete and "en" reserved for specific uses like years and months and some places.

"in the morning" = "le matin" (as a habit and date); "dans la matinée" (in the course of the morning as a duration)


Merci Sitesurf for all your advises and help you provide us with.


Why is it wrong to say "Le matin, je marche"?


Because you changed the word order without absolute necessity.


The ACTUAL translation says that it's "I walk the morning"! It's a little confusing sometimes. And, other times, when it says 'C'est' and I put "It is", it's wrong. Argh!


Can i say: je marche au matin?


This sounds a bit old-fashioned, like something you would find in literature, like "au matin, la pluie avait cessé (at day-break, rain had ceased).

"le matin" is definitely more usual.


Why are the "hints on hover" OFTEN incorrect?


Incorrect in what way? They are not meant to give you the exact solution to the exercise you are doing, only an indication of how one or the other word can translate. But all translations are context-dependent.


Consider the word "crane" for example. It has many different definitions. The hints will offer up the different definitions. You choose the definition which fits the sentence.


Erik. Moi aussi. The suggestion given was the same as my answer “le matin” not “la matinee”. Surely both are correct?


"Le matin" means "in the morning" or "every morning"

"Dans la matinée" means "in the course of the time between sunrise and noon".

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