"He likes eating a lot."

Translation:Il aime manger beaucoup.

February 28, 2013

7 Comments


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

Can I get the opinion of a French speaker please? In English this sentence is ambiguous between "he likes to eat large amounts" or "he really likes too eat". I would guess that in French, if you wanted to say the first one, i.e., large amounts, you would say "il aime manger beaucoup", and if you wanted to say the second, i.e. emphatic, you would say "il aime beaucoup manger". Is that right? Or would both examples in French be ambiguous? Thanks!

February 28, 2013

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

You are 100% right in your assumptions. There should not be any ambiguity.

March 1, 2013

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

Thanks!

March 3, 2013

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

This reminds me of the professor in the Tom Stoppard play who posits an eating competition in which both the quantity of food consumed and the manner of eating it are judged. One contestant has a mixed performance and goes back to his wife who says, "Well, you didn't eat well, but at least you ate well."

October 13, 2013

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

Eh bien, tu n'as pas mangé bien, mais au moins tu as bien mangé.

October 13, 2013

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

Thank you for your trust. I am French and my French is good enough to help you all.

February 11, 2014

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

Sitesurf, why is it that I keep mistaking you for one of the authorities (that is, a duolingo employee)? It seems like you know all the answers. thank you for all your assistance, and especially for this gem

February 10, 2014
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