"The glass is being used for drinking."

Translation:Le verre sert à boire.

2/27/2013, 1:28:38 PM

23 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Minituttle
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on utilise le verre pour boire?

5/30/2013, 7:39:15 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/BRANDWALLACE

I believe that would translate to "we use the glass for drinking" rather than the intended translation.

4/13/2014, 6:22:54 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/GregHullender
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It is accepted now.

6/17/2014, 1:43:50 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/BluJai

le verre est utilisé pour boire, why is this incorrect? The owl didn't like that I used " pour "

7/1/2013, 7:10:26 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/carolustheo

i used that sentence... and it's correct

7/25/2013, 4:52:59 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/ktinparis

That's weird because I wrote that as well and it was correct.

4/17/2014, 1:23:25 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Wrenbob
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I also at that reply! don't know why. We have not been introduced to "sert" yet and pop down has "Utilise"???

12/12/2013, 1:42:10 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/nucl3arsnke

Could one use a reflexive construction here? Something like "le verre se utilise pour boire"?

This makes me think yes:

http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/frenchpassive_2.htm

3/26/2014, 4:21:08 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/mikeybarnes

In the previous question, 'sert' translated as 'smells'; as in: 'Ce thé sent bon.'

What verb conjugates as 'sert' and means 'is being used'?

2/27/2013, 1:28:38 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/mikeybarnes

Ha! Just re-read this and realised my mistake; 'sert' != 'sent'.

2/27/2013, 1:33:08 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Glat64

How do you distinguish in French between ... The glass is being used for drinking and The glass is used for drinking ?

12/11/2013, 8:00:18 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/moosebouse

You don't, I believe. If it was truly necessary to specify the difference, I believe you say "en train de (+inf)" ("in the process of" or "in the middle of") to emphasize that it is happening right now. I think it would be "le verre est en train de servir a boire" if you needed to indicate that it is happening right now. I could be wrong, so other people please chime in, though.

1/13/2014, 2:10:37 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Basilious

"Le verre est on train de server a boire" means "The glass is in the process of serving a drink"!

5/3/2014, 4:13:59 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Wonderboy6
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why is the utilise not infinitive when followed by est?

1/29/2014, 2:38:51 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/ktinparis

It's just like in english, when we say...."is used"...."est utilisé". I'm sorry, I'm not that great in explaining it technically. "est utiliser" would mean "is to use", I believe.

4/17/2014, 1:33:54 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/angelo000
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Why isn't "Le verre est servir pour boire" accepted?

5/9/2013, 7:33:17 AM

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"Est servir" isn't grammatically correct, but "pour boire" seems fine.

If you said "Le verre est servi pour boire," it would translate "The glass was used for drinking." Servir is a verb in french for "to serve", but it can also tell what something serves to do, like in this case. "The glass 'serves' for drinking."

5/11/2013, 1:43:29 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/fleurdeletre

is "utilisé" wrong in french?

6/19/2013, 5:25:56 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Minituttle
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No it is not. You can say "un verre est utilisé pour boire".

6/19/2013, 6:36:04 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/hunyadfalviz

I found in Larousse: passé composé: il, elle a utilisé. So, why 'est utilisé' is the right answer? It's confusing.

3/24/2014, 6:09:34 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/itdevx
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I believe it's in passive form much like the English, as in "is" + "used"

3/25/2014, 10:58:51 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/hunyadfalviz

I see. Thanx that makes sense. :)

4/3/2014, 4:53:36 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/DongWookKi2

Would "le verre fait pour boire" work???

3/29/2015, 9:44:05 PM
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