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"He eats bread."

Translation:Il mange du pain.

February 23, 2013

3 Comments


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

When eating bread, does it have to be "du pain"? Why can't it be "le pain"? Does this have something to do with the fact that the word for bread and loaf of bread are the same?


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

It has to do with the fact that substances like water, wine, bread, vegetables... are not countable. So you eat "some" bread, you drink "some" wine.

In French it is called "partitive" with the following construction : DE + definite article

  • du pain (= contraction of de-le)
  • de la soupe
  • des l├ęgumes (= contraction of de-les)

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

why isn't il mange de le pain correct? please

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