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"Je veux le petit-déjeuner dans ma chambre."

Translation:I want breakfast in my room.

January 31, 2013

12 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jyjoo

so i guess you can't say "THE breakfast" in English?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/klooth

"I want the breakfast" may be correct, but it sure sounds awkward to me.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-TashaJ-

In English we say "I want breakfast." If we were to say "I want the breakfast.", this implies that there is only one when in fact you can't put a quantity on it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/abshannon

Well, unless there was already a specific breakfast being discussed. After "we have prepared you a full english breakfast" you could certainly answer "I want the breakfast in my room"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-TashaJ-

I guess theoretically that could happen, however it seems quite unlikely.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Paul_W

Perhaps if you were to be picking from a menu; "I will have the breakfast", along with Abshannon's explanation elsewhere on this thread.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DouggyD

I translated this to be "I would like breakfast in my room." Why is that not acceptable?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ariaflame

Because I would like would be Je voudrais not Je veux


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-TashaJ-

I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be accepted. All I can think is that "I would like" is a modal of possibility whereas "I want" is a modal of certainty. So, maybe they want the definite option here.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ag3n7_z3r0

I thought petit déjeuner didn't have a hyphen?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fmgjcoppens

What is wrong with "I want breakfast inside my room" ???


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/blumietunes

I've been corrected for using a hyphen in petit-déjeuner in one question and corrected for NOT using it in another. MAKE UP YOUR MINDS!!

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