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"Tu as du vin et il a du lait."

Translation:You have wine and he has milk.

February 23, 2013

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...et il a... Does the T here sound like [e-ti-la] ?


No, any liaison after "et" is forbidden, to avoid any confusion with "est".


What is a liaison...? haha


A liaison is what happens in speech when a word ending with a normally silent consonant is uttered to make a link with the next word, starting with a vowel sound.

  • vous = [vu]
  • avez = [aveh]
  • vous avez = [vu-Z-aveh]


How should the part "et il" be pronounced in the sentence? I cannot distinguish the sounds


when you speak fast, the sound of "et il" is similar to that of "aisle"


Thank you, mimawbaubo and Sitesurf, for help)


The speaking portion does seem to swallow some words. I often have to slow it down. Et is pronounced as EH and il would be EEL but the i (EE) is soft and swallowed a bit by the l sound. Often the words will be liaised together (which is to say...the sounds are connected from the end of one word to another) but as others have said this is not done with et because est (il/elle/on conjugation of etre - to be) sounds the same. So differentiation is needed. I hope this helps, trying to explain enunciation through text is rather difficult.


how does it become tu as?? even if it means you have then shouldn't it be tu a??


Apparently, it is time for you to learn the conjugation of verb "avoir":

j'ai, tu as, il/elle/on a, nous avons, vous avez (polite singular or plural), ils/elles ont.


Merci beaucoup for the simple notes.


The s at the end of verbs always appears with tu (English equivalent is thou). Eg: Tu manges, tu bois, tu chantes (you sing), tu tombes (you're falling) etc. About.com has a nice French verb conjugator you can use.


Is this how it's supposed to be pronounced?


Yes, I think so, although being a purist, I would pronounce "lait" more open (è not é)


Can you explain how to pronounce certain words depending on the accent at the top of certain letters such as: è, é, ç, à and other accents?


"ç", with a cedilla below makes the "c" pronounced as SS instead of K. It is necessary in front of "hard vowels": a, o, u.

"é", (E accent aigu = acute accent) is pronounced EH

"è", (E accent grave = grave accent) is pronounced EAH (approximately)

"à" (A accent grave) is pronounced like a regular A

to know more: http://french.about.com/od/pronunciation/a/accents.htm


Even if the generated pronounciation is terrible they tell you what every word means when its underlined. I can read and write far more than im actually capable of speaking


Sitesurf - thank you! I would not be able to understand these little details without your simple explanations!


they aren't carrying the consonant onto the vowel et il should be pronounced e til


there is never any liaison before nor after "et"


You are having wine and he is having milk???


I think that would not work, because "I am having/you are having" + food or drink means that you are currently eating or drinking the object.


How can you tell when il is meaning him and not they. I've seen sentences that with Il and mean they


If it were they, the verb would be different: il a - ils ont


Isn't 'as' supposed to be es?


"tu as" is "you have"

"tu es" is "you are"


"You have wine and he has milk." would be right. Not "he's milk."


We know, there is a bug here with contractions, so please ignore this.


whats the difference between a, ai, as, ont , aves or whatever and all the others?????


In English, for verb "to have", you only have two forms in present: have or has.

In French, conjugations are much more extended:

j'ai, tu as, il/elle/on a, nous avons, vous avez, ils/elles ont.


This is wrong, as you could guess. The issue (still unsolved at the moment) is that there is an algorithm that produces contractions for "is" or "has", but that produces wrong suggestions. Obviously, "he is not milk", but "he has milk".


Why do you have to use as? Why not avez?


Please read the rest of the thread and the Tips and Notes in the lesson (from your PC).


How do you say, " This is ridiculous"? How would one know which choice to make having only the knowledge so far learned here? I don't even know what the choices nor even the sentence means -- no underscored links. So I merely chose "a" (whatever it means) to mirror the 2nd part of the apparent idiom, and got it wrong.


why don't you use ont instead of as


"ont" goes with "ils" or "elles":

j'ai, tu as, il/elle/on a, nous avons, vous avez, ils/elles ont.


When should we use 'a' or avez or ont for has ?


j'ai, tu as, il/elle/on a, nous avons, vous avez, ils/elles ont.

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