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petit dejeuner vs dejeuner

1 Can you say breakfast without adding "petit"? 2 What is the difference?

July 6, 2017

5 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/relox84

These words are not interchangeable and mean to different things:

petit déjeuner = breakfast (in casual speech, shortened to "p'tit déj")

déjeuner = lunch

July 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Prenom.Pierre

I agree. In Québec, they say in an other way:

déjeuner = breakfast (France = Petit-déjeuner)

dîner = lunch (France = Déjeuner)

souper = dinner (France = Dîner)

July 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MarcD50

Yes. When I was a child, some people still used in France the same words as in Québec, but the new terms were already becoming prevalent in the cities (not much in the countryside). Now, I think the new terms are used everywhere in France.

July 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/demilade1410

Déjeuner est lunch petit déjeuner est breakfast

July 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/robin.fli

Not in France. It looks like Canadian French differs on this point. Think of petit dejeuner as a little lunch (or before noon) and dejeuner as noon or later.

July 6, 2017
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