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"I like dry wine."

Translation:J'aime le vin sec.

January 22, 2013



Why the 'bien'?

What does it stand for here?


The "bien" carries the connotation of enjoyment, here, but "aimer bien" is actually somewhat milder than "aimer" on its own:

To express "love" of an inanimate object, use "adorer".


huh? where did the "bien" come from?


I guess duo is teaching us more and more french slangs step by step


I remember in another multiple choice question was punished for thinking that "j'aime bien" equates to just "like" and not something like "like a lot" or "love" (I assume that's why I was scrutinised) Anybody else had this problem?


why can't it be "j'aime de vin sec"?


Ok looked it up, so apparently when it comes to the verb "aimer" a definite article must be used at all times. It is mentioned briefly on this website,


I should've known, it's the same way in spanish :P


Thanks, it's very helpful blog


Is it like this? J'aime les chats : I like all cats J'aime ce chat : I like this cat I thought I read something like this on another lesson....


Shouldn't it be "J'aime du vin sec"? If the indeterminate can is used, that is.


Du vin is wrong? Come on....


J'aime du vin= I like some wine; J'aime le vin= I like wine (in general)

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wouldn't "'j'aime bien" be "I love" and "j'aime" "I like"?


'j'aime bien" = "I like" 'j'aime + impersonal noun" = "I like something" 'j'aime + personal noun" = "I love somebody"


According to Duolingo on this question both J'aime bien le vin sec and J'aime le vin sec mean 'I like dry wine' but elsewhere is has said that they are different. I know some people have posted that there is a difference between "J'aime bien" + personal pronoun and "J'aime bien" + other object but that still doesn't explain why both would be correct here. If both mean "I like dry wine" then how do you say "I love dry wine"?


Fine that both translations are acceptable, but it should be taught before it's tested.


I put the correct answer and was marked wrong! Very annoying. I wonder why? Has this happened to anyone else?


Isnt bien translated as very much?


I don't understand: doesn't the addition of the word 'bien' indicate a greater degree of liking the wine? I like dry wine versus I really like dry wine, or I like dry wine very much. As a generality, it's the same idea, but technically it's not the same. Nitpicking, I know, but it seems to me that the French language is the All-Mother of the invention of nitpicking.

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In some of these Duolingo courses they would be too picky to accept both of these translations. It's frustrating to try and guess when you have to choose the most literal translation and when there's a little bit of leeway.


EXACTLY have ranted about that before too... IMO this sort of thing needs to be more fuzzy - both are correct, but it shouldn't be necessary to select both - maybe the software can't handle that..


I'd like a more precise discussion of the difference between le and du for the general case. Why is this translation not I like the dry wine. If it is not, then how does one say I like the dry wine? And how should one translate J'aime du vin sec? Is this a nonsense sentence to a native speaker?


Duolingo's sentence, "j'aime le vin sec", can mean either "I like dry wine" (general) or "I like the dry wine" (specific).

The rule is that the object of a verb of preference takes a definite article. When speaking in general, essentially what we're saying is "I like all of the dry wine that exists in the world" or "as long as it's dry wine, I like it". French expresses that with "le vin sec".

As for "j'aime du vin sec", it's a structure that isn't used in French, and it's arguably nonsense. In many circumstances "du vin sec" means "some dry wine", but for some reason it doesn't work with "j'aime". In order to say "I like some dry wine(s)" you have to say something like "j'aime certains vins secs", "I like certain dry wines".


Why is it "the dry wine" and not the more general "some dry wine" as in previous lessons?


"the dry wine" or just "dry wine"- "le vin sec" means dry wine in general or all dry wine, but "some dry wine"- "du vin sec" means some of the dry wine, i.e you like some of them, not all


What is dry wine???


Generally, dry wine has a lower sugar content.


Oh, right, Thank you


Sounds like : I like well the dry wine. But that wasn't what was being translated. Just: I like dry wine.


Why is it le vin and not du vin?


The sentence was : I like dry wine, the sentence didn't have :I like good dry wine. Porquoi, the word good?


I wrote: "Je aime" and it market me wrong. Isn't is correct, but normally written J'aime?


I don't think you'll ever see "je aime", I've been taught by three separate teachers that liason is mandatory.


That's correct. It's not like English, where contraction is optional:

(But note that this is "elision", not "liaison". Liaison is where you pronounce an otherwise unpronounced consonant in front of a word starting with a vowel sound.)


Ohh okay, thank you!


When do we use the adjective before the noun and when do we use it after the noun? I'm confused!


It's usually after unless the adjective is a BANGS adjective:

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BANGS adjectives usually go before the noun.

However, some adjectives will go either before or after, depending on whether their meaning is literal or figurative.

Here are some discussions:


There's no bien in my answer.


Both "j'aime le vin sec" and "j'aime bien le vin sec" are accepted.


It should be J'aime de vin sec -


No, you need "le": "j'aime le vin sec".


why not j'aime du vin sec? pourquoi le "le"?


Because when we talk about "liking" something, we're talking about the general category. In French that means we use le/la/les.

This applies to what are often called "verbs of preference": aimer, adorer, détester, préférer, etc.


dear PeaceJoyPancakes, merci beaucoup! et maintenant, je comprends!! (mais je N'aime pas les vins secs...)


Le = the, this word isn't in this sentence!


"J'aime bien" means "I really like." The question says "I like," so it should be "J'aime." I've taken French for 2 years.


Even those of us who have taken it for several years and studied on our own for several more have much to learn.

"J'aime" is acceptable here, but note that "j'aime bien" is actually less intense. The following comment of mine links to a couple of pages that are worth reading on this topic.


Why can't it be "J'aime du vin sec."?

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