"Ils vous doivent un repas."

Translation:They owe you a meal.

February 13, 2013



I typed " ils nous doivent un orangutan".

June 27, 2013


First time I have seen this meaning of devoir. Is this a common usage of devoir?

January 15, 2014



January 20, 2014


How were we supposed to know that?

March 27, 2013


We weren't. Doulingo does not suppose we already do know the meaning of the given exercices but supposes that we do our best try; reflect upon the result; ask each other, books or other resources for explanations; and repeat the unit until we master it.

July 19, 2014


How do you tell between Il and Ils?

July 11, 2013


The "v" in "doivent" is audible, so you have to infer that it is third person plural. With third person singular, you would either hear no consonant at the end of "doit", or you would hear the "t" (if "doit" was followed by a vowel). A lot of times you have to listen for liaisons in order to determine the meaning correctly. http://french.about.com/library/pronunciation/bl-liaisons.htm

September 1, 2013


That help a lot, thanks!

January 30, 2014


You could tell from the way doivent was pronounced. That's what made me figure it out. The v wasn't silent.

December 21, 2013


tricky tricky

February 13, 2013


that was confusing.

March 22, 2013


Yeah... I'm not sure that this has been covered yet.

April 1, 2013


It has now. Duolingo does not always first present us with hints to the meaning of the words, or the correct choice of meaning, but gives us different kind of exercices and expects us to make our best try, reflect upon the result, ask each other, books or other resources for explanations and then repeat the unit until we master it.

July 19, 2014


Is the use of devoir here a matter of expression? I thought it only means "have to."

April 23, 2014


"To owe" is the standard meaning for "devoir", when it is used transitively - that is, when the verb has an object: "I owe the bank $500", "they owe you a meal" When it is used as an auxiliary verb - when it is paired with another verb - then it means "have to" or "must".

May 9, 2014


Duolingo lists 'They owe y'all a meal.' as a correct translation. Isn't 'y'all' slang?

November 25, 2013


Yes, it is.

January 20, 2014


I would say it is non-standard rather than slang, it may depend on the region though.

February 20, 2014


Well, we could perhaps compromise on "extremely non-standard". I believe it would be a disservice to learners of English (of whom there are many here) to give the impression that it was in any way standard English.

February 21, 2014


Why is it wrong to say "They have to pay you a meal"? I mean, Duolingo offers "have to pay" as a translation for devoir..

December 3, 2014


I'm assuming this meal consists in chicken.

April 12, 2014
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