"I am drinking."
how is it that "I am drinking" does not translate to "je suis boire"? from everything duolingo has taught us so far, "je bois" would be "I drink". Granted they basicly mean the same thing, however on a technical level, why (if at all) would it be incorrect for me to say "je suis boire" ?
Because that is simply not how the language works or how French people speak. The present continuous (I am drinking) does not exist in French. They use the simple present (je bois/I drink) for the same way english uses both tenses. In a general speaking context it is easier for English speakers to think of it as 'I am drinking' because in french that is what 'je bois' conveys.
French does not have verb aspects. The French simple present is equal to the English simple present and the present progressive.
« Je suis boire » does not exist in French at all. I have never found this in conjugation references. Then, « je bois » means both « I drink » and « I am drinking ».
It's not "I drinks" or "he drink" in English. We have noun based verb conjugation. The french have the same thing, it is just more complicated. Boire translates to "To drink". Je bois. I drink. Tu bois. You drink. il boit. He drink. But don't make the mistake of thinking that je and tu are always the same. They are not, as shown in the "to be" example. Je suis, I am. Tu es, you are.".
This is COMPLETELY off topic, feel free to skip, but I have a question.
I wanted to say "Good luck" in French. When i looked it up, i saw that some superstitious people think it's bad luck to directly translate it, much like actors who NEVER say "good luck", but would instead say "break a leg".
There was an alternative phrase offered, but just to be safe, i looked it up in google translate, and it came back with a somewhat vulgar translation. The phrase that was supposedly "good luck" was "Je te dis merde!", which google translate tells me is "I tell you sh!t" as the translation.
Could one of you lovely helpful people who know more about french expressions please shed some light on this for me? I'd really appreciate it. I guess it could be true, I just don't see the connection between this phrase and GL.