"Il a du vin."

Translation:He has wine.

January 22, 2013

63 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/star21

Vin sounds like vun.

March 31, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/EthanBrown945450

The 'in' in 'vin' is pronounced nasally. Thus, giving it that 'vuh' sound.

July 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/glushkov

I heard "Il y a du vin"..

December 30, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jluayon

I heard the same. Could this not be a possible answer?

February 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/NikhilSati

No. 'Il y a du vin' would have meant 'There is wine/some wine'. Whereas the sentence given by duolingo is 'Il a du vin' which translates into 'He has wine/some wine'.. So there is quite a difference..

July 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/deilann

As far as I know, it is gramatically correct, but it does not sound the same (unlike some sentences like ils parlent vs il parle) so it will not be accepted. I highly suggest double checking with the slow version before submitting. My listening skills are pretty good, but with the robot voice, I've found it necessary for some subtlety.

February 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Lynnette_Tee

What's the difference between "du" and "de"? When to use which?

November 28, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/deilann

Du is a contraction of de le.

December 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Lynnette_Tee

Thank you!

December 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/arod

vin sounds more like vent

February 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/lelizb

I agree; I don't find the pronunciation of "vin" to be quite on target here.

February 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/workingclasshero

It's correct in my opinion. 'In' sounds like 'aan' in French.

February 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/MathLover11

but if you know that you can find it out

November 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/edersilva

I think it is. youtube has nice examples of it.

December 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/JakeJoy00

same with me! that's what I heard!

August 31, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/knorling

I'm wondering if my pronunciation is specific to a region, or just wrong, because this totally sounds like "he has some wind" to me!

October 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/pedreror1

I keep mixing the D and the J sounds :(

January 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/DancingBull

Yeah, that definitely sounded like a "J" sound when she said "du". Got head phones on too.

February 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Ellenushk

Why "he is having some wine" wrong? it's like it's happening right now, like in this dialogue: "What are you having (drinking)? What is he having (drinking)? - He is having some wine!"..

October 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/PatrickJaye
<h1>Ellenushk</h1>

Elmobites is correct.

In English we can use the verb "to have" to mean eating and drinking. We are having dinner (we are eating dinner) - he is having some wine (he is drinking some wine).

However in French the verb "avoir" can not be used in that way. In French a similar construction to the one you suggest could be gained by using the verb "to take (prendre)" to give "we are taking some wine" which (depending on the context) we would probably translate as "we are having some wine".

It follows therefore that in the example given in this exercise "il a du vin" can only mean that he has some wine in the sense of having it in his possession. We can not tell from the sentence what he is doing with the wine.

August 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/elmobites

I think it's more like, "He has wine (in his possession)." Not that he is drinking, or has ordered wine.

November 8, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/deilann

elmobites is correct: avoir is a possession verb, not an eating/drinking verb.

December 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/perexanna

why use du?

July 31, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/PatrickJaye

"Du" is a contraction of "de le" it means "some" in the case of a masculine non-countable" noun.

In French we have to say "he has some wine" - we can't leave out the "some".

August 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/johan2103

"Il a vin" es correcto tambiƩn?

November 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/lillysmiles

Shouldn't it translate to "He has some wine"?

December 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/TheKingOfBarca

audio is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo bad!!!!!!

March 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/RafaelBald10

How can I know the difference between 'du' and "de l' " ?

August 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/ThMoxy

I put he has some wine.

July 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/frenchbreadrules

I love how one of the first words we learned was 'vin' or wine... :)

August 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/annolive98

That's because this thing knows what things we do ask when we travel

February 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/FloerT

Totally heard Ils est boivent here

August 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Jass7

I answeren He is having some wine and you said it's wrong!! Suggest that the correct answer i 'He is getting some wine'. What? Why did you say it;s wrong?

November 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Jass7

answered

November 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/smbanta12

I'm getting a little confused. Could this also be Il a de le vin? Is that the same as Il a de le vin?

January 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Schizau

The word "du" is the combination of "de + le". "Il a de le vin" would change to "il a du vin" to be grammatically correct.

July 31, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/birajrai

What is the difference between de and du? Anyone knows?

February 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/deilann

Du is a mandatory contraction of de le.

February 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/grazieas

I have read many people saying they also wrote " he is having some wine", just like " j'ai du vin" = " I am having some wine". Cant understand why cant I use it

February 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Lilycat321

audio for me is crazy. d sounds like j

February 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/kinglouienidas

Isnt it "he has THE wine"?

March 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/deilann

No, that would be "Il a le vin."

March 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Rosie7784

Yes

August 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/inthetropics

if 'il a du riz' is 'there is rice'. why is this not there is wine. Help please.

May 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Schizau

"Il a du riz" means "He has (some) rice" and "Il a du vin" means "He has (some) wine." You're geting "Il a ..." confused with "Il y a ...". il y a means "there is/there are".

July 31, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/tpdats

Did anyone else mishear "vin" as "pain"?

May 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Draughtsman

When is "du" supposed to be used rather than "de"?

July 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/sludgebucket

it says gets on there too

September 27, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/jondbaker08

They must mean He's Ginuwine

October 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Sebastian.va

whats the diffrence b/w vine and wine

October 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/deeasss

Its sounds like "va" with a nasal sound....

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Hannah_Mejzini

I wrote this and it says wrong

November 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/cuneytoktay

why "it is a wine" wrong and "he is a wine" is correct? i cant understand

December 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/OzzyMan11TheYAY

I did this on Google translate and I still got it wrong!!!

April 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/tamaho1

he maded it to me wrong because i wrote 'he has a wine' its just one letter why WRONG

June 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DankaKukul

.

January 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DankaKukul

Nathing

January 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MadisynKem

I agree.

February 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Druid-Dragon

Why is it du in some cases and de in others

February 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/nayla628888

The one X

July 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Mirza387566

Why is "He has the wine" not accepted? There is "du" in French

July 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rosie7784

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August 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Paul545049

I put "he has some wine", why us that wrong?

April 22, 2018
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