"Ils boivent du vin."

Translation:They drink wine.

February 26, 2013



I struggle to hear the difference between "il boit" and "ils boivent". Is the "v" sound the only phonetic difference?

February 26, 2013


Yes, the only one.

February 26, 2013


The verb Boire is irregular in it's pronunciation. It most cases regular verbs for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 3rd person plural sound the same in the present infinitive.

Je mange, Tu manges, Il/Elle/on mange, Ils/Elles mangent <= All these sound the same when spoken.

In the particular case with Boire, 3rd person plural boivent has the "v" sound. 1st person, 2nd person and 3rd person singular sound the same except for 3rd person plural.

Another example is the verb Prendre. Je prends, tu prends, il/elle prend all sound the same. Except for the 3rd person plural: Ils/Elles prennent. With Je prend your lips make a sort of O shape, and with Ils prennent the corners of your mouth move farther apart.

March 2, 2014


Thanks, i was going to say the same, great job duolingo folks!

April 12, 2014


why does 'vin' have 'du' before it? why can't it just be 'ils boivent vin' instead of 'ils boivent du vin'?

September 13, 2015


Please read the whole thread.

September 14, 2015


ooohhh just did... ok

September 14, 2015


am I the only one who is mixing "il" with "elle"... is it me or the speaker, I can't tell for sure?!

May 3, 2014


The only difference is that 'e' has the same sound as 'egg'. And 'il' has the same sound as 'ink'.

May 19, 2014


Not like ink, eel!

May 25, 2016


I meant just the 'i' in 'il' and 'ink' sound the same. (At least for me)

August 3, 2016


Could it also be translated as "they are drinking wine" ?

January 3, 2015


Yes it can and it is accepted as a correct translation.

January 4, 2015


It did not accept it for me.

June 12, 2018


Now all my mistakes are: Il - Ils & Elle - Elles, theysound me the same. Any tips?

July 2, 2014


The conjugation of the verb can help you. If not, Duo will accept one or the other.

  • il boit, elle boit - ils boivent, elles boivent: here you should hear the V
  • il mange, elle mange - ils mangent, elles mangent: here, you won't hear any difference.
July 2, 2014


Got it! Thanks a lot.

July 3, 2014


lol I spelled wine wrong....IN ENGLISH !!! Wow I should be studying English even more now...

November 14, 2015


why is it du instead of de?

April 3, 2015


"du" is the partitive article contracted from "de+le". It is used in front of a masculine singular noun starting with a consonant to mean "some".

"de la" is the feminine partitive article, to be used in front of a feminine, singular noun starting with a consonant to mean "some".

"de l' " is the masculine or feminine partitive article to be used in front of a noun starting with a vowel sound (vowel or non aspirate H).

April 3, 2015


Thanks you cleared that up for me :)

April 9, 2015


What is the difference between this sentence and "Ils boivent le vin"? Is the second one just noting that they are drinking "the wine", like a particular one, instead of "some wine" or just "wine"?

June 5, 2015


Precisely, yes.

June 5, 2015


Can it also be translated as "they drink the wine"? I don't understand why it is 'some' and not 'the' in the translation. 'Some' sounds very specific to me.

August 14, 2016


Why do they put du if it doesn't mean anythin

September 29, 2016


It does mean something. It means 'some'.

In English, you can say "they drink wine" or "they drink some wine", but in French, you have no choice, you have to use the partitive article "du": "ils/elles boivent du vin".

September 30, 2016


The speech is too much fast

June 13, 2017


I'm finding it difficult to hear clearly

September 24, 2017


Oh great! I wrote "vine" for "wine". What a grave mistake!

September 17, 2015


help me in pronouncing this whole sentence

May 14, 2016


"eel" "bwav" du "vah(n)"(nasal)

May 25, 2016


When do you use boivent instead of boisson?

November 8, 2016


my answer should have been excepted. im poubelle

January 27, 2017


Can du mean the

March 10, 2017


How do you pronounce boivent and du vin

June 2, 2017


It must've taken me 3 or for listenings before I caught the "v" sound in boivent. Which I thought meant plural which I didn't know how to hear in "il"

I had to make a guess and just assume it was "ils boivent"

second part I thought they said "du pain" which is bread and I knew bois meant drink. Drinking bread sounded wrong, so I realized they said "vin"

Everything connected and I got the answer right. It honestly took longer than necessary, but the journey was fun~ ^^

June 5, 2017


when i hear it it says ils boive du ven.why?

August 5, 2017


Not all letters are pronounced, but correct spelling requires all of them.

By the way, "ven" is not a French word: either "vin" (wine) or "vent" (wind) and the pronunciation is different.

August 31, 2017


Apparently I have the worst listening skills of all time for French. The whole thing sounded Mushmouth to me unfortunately:-(

Is there anything out there that can improve listening skills for individual syllables in French?

December 16, 2017


Hi, The options given are not the correct answer. I cant able to go next level. Kindly help me out

December 19, 2017


We need details to help you: which kind of exercise did you get? which were the options? what did you submit? what was the computer-checker's reaction?

December 19, 2017


If "ils boivent du vin" is "they are drinking wine" then how would we say "they drink wine" ? Or since I'm a beginner, should i ignore the grammar for now?

December 23, 2017


Since the French language does not have continuous tenses, "ils boivent du vin" can mean either "they are drinking wine" or "they drink wine". Context would tell which meaning it is.

However, when the French really want to describe an on-going action, they can say "ils sont en train de boire du vin", which exactly means "they are drinking wine".

December 23, 2017


My answer to Ils was to specify that it was masculine answer ie that it was males who were doing the drinking - Is this wrong? do I not bother to specify?

January 5, 2018


Sounds like “Il boit du vin”

February 12, 2018


I said, "they drink wine," and the answer was no good. It said the correct answer is, "they are drinking wine." What's the difference? Is the program wrong?

September 28, 2018


I think she's drinking wine, weird as the audio is. Wow, what happened there?

November 20, 2018
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