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"You miss a good meal!"

Translation:Tu manques un bon repas !

January 31, 2013



Okay, so I've been reading in the comments that manquer means "to be missed by," so you have to switch the subject and the object in the sentence in French. Duolingo's translation here refutes that, which is confusing. I believe it's incorrect, but is it?


My native French girlfriend just told me that the translation here is correct, so the rules aren't consistent apparently.

This page explains it well: http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/manquer.htm

In the current case it is a concrete case of missing ... you're failing to attend a good meal. The switched form is only used when it is a "feeling of missing/lacking", like "I miss home".


Tricky. Thank you for that.

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    But in the sentence "you miss a good meal" cannot possibly imply missing a concrete event. "You will miss..." or "you have missed..." could imply that but the present tense makes sense only if it's implying the emotion for example if you were camping saying "I miss a good meal" makes sense.


    Is "You miss a good meal" even correct English? "You are missing a good meal" is the only way I would say this.


    True. Though the french translation is the same either way.


    The translation above is correct. Manquer is used in a number of ways. It is sometimes used in the sense of "miss a target", "to lack" something, "to be missing/absent" or even "to be missing" (in the sense of "feeling the absence of"). In these different uses, there will sometimes be prepositions that help the understanding, e.g., manquer à, manquer de. Check these links:


    Usually, I've heard the verb "se rater" if one misses an event, as in this case. You're right, the subject is inverted if "se manquer" is used, as when referring to a person being missed. I've never heard it used any other way, but I could be wrong.


    I agree, "rater" seems more natural to me, although "manquer" may be more colloquial - not sure. But "se rater" would be to miss oneself or one another, right? Wouldn't use that here..


    When I was in French classes, I noticed that my teachers tended to put a space before an exclamation point or a question mark, but on here, there is no space. Is there a rule about this that anyone knows?


    Punctuation marks with "two pieces" to the symbol (? ! : ;) all get a space before them in French. More info about punctuation here: http://french.about.com/library/writing/bl-punctuation.htm


    Quel étrange. Merci.


    I'm not quite sure what you mean because I consistently see spaces before those punctuation marks on Duolingo.


    Isn't the difference between 'manquer' and 'manquer a'? The first is 'A misses B' and is used (as french.about.com says) in the sense that A is 'not at/on/in B'. The second is 'A is missing to B' in the sense that B feels they are missing A.


    Why isn't "Vous manquez un bon repas" accepted???


    Shouldn't the verb "loper" be accepted as well? as in "T'as loupé un bon repas"


    Should "Un bon repas tu manques" be accepted?

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    I said..tu manque un repas bon..when does the noun come before the adjective?


    Just about always. When the goodness or beauty of something is being described, the adjective comes first. Thus, "bon repas", "belle fille", "mauvais homme", but "chat noir", "viande tendre", "soupe froide".


    There is a similar confusion with this verb with the Italian version 'mancare - to miss '. How would one say "She doesn't miss me" in French? That is one of the questions that is a major discussion in the Italian lessons. I want to see if it is the same structure here.


    That would be "Je ne lui manque pas."


    One of the multiple choice options was 'tu manques un méchant repas !'

    I thought 'un méchant ' might be an idiomatic way of saying 'a really great ' Like in English we could say 'that's a mean looking sandwich' to mean 'that sandwich looks really good'

    Foiled by idioms again!

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