"The boys are eating a good bread."

February 3, 2013


Ugh. It's usually "du" because it's an unknown quantity. But, I guess the descriptor is the reason it's "du".

February 3, 2013

"a good bread" is something specific, where as "bread" is not. In French, it is the same: "un bon pain" (as opposed to baguette or other speciality) vs "du bon pain" (bread in general)

February 4, 2013

Is it often that someone will say "a bread", generally it is a loaf of bread or a slice of bread. Bread itself is usually not a singular in english, is that different for french?

February 13, 2013

"Un pain" is either a loaf of bread or a thick baguette (450g or 500g vs 250g). "Un petit pain" is a bun, "un pain de campagne" is made with a specific flour (and with flour spread on the crust), and there are still a variety of other specialities with the same construction.

If unspecific, it is "du pain" (bread or some bread).

February 14, 2013
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