"I am eating a cheese sandwich."

Translation:Je mange un sandwich au fromage.

August 3, 2017

This discussion is locked.


Actually, I can hear him say "omelette de fromage" and not "du" or his pronunciation is wrong.

In any event, both are impossible.

An omelette flavored with cheese is "une omelette au fromage".

"Une omelette de fromage" would suggest that you can make an omelette with cheese instead of eggs.


why should this sentence be 'au fromage' de is 'of'..... au is liquid? ...I am eating a sandwich (containing) of cheese


Whenever you add an ingredient to a dish/meal, the ingredient is introduced by "à".

  • un sandwich au (contraction of "à" + "le") fromage
  • une pizza à la tomate
  • un pain aux noix (une noix = nut)


Or even "Coq au vin".


I'm slightly confused. If I heard someone say "I'm eating a sandwich with cheese," I'd wonder what kind of sandwich, because those are two different things, but the translation of 'sandwich au fromage' is 'cheese sandwich'. Wouldn't 'cheese sandwich' be structured similarly to 'robe niore' i.e. 'sandwich fromage'?


Except that fromage is a noun. In English, we can easily take nouns and treat them as adjectives. But in French, we have to do something different.


I agree that "de" being "of" would be the correct way to say this sentence. If i were to litteraly translate the sentence with "au", it would imply that the sandwich is "with" cheese, not that the sandwich is made "of" cheese as the word "de", would convey. But that is me making english logic from french, which may not work in this case.


Using "de" implies that the thing is made ENTIRELY of cheese. For example, le jus d'orange is made entirely of oranges. But café au lait is not made entirely of milk; it has some coffee in it, right? Using "à" tells you that there is a defining characteristic, but it is not the only ingredient.


That is insightful and helpful to how French thinks.


This is very helpful, thank you


In English you can be a little pedantic and make the distinction between a glass of water and a glass with water (the glass itself not being made of water). In French and Spanish the dishes is often necessary grammatically.


In Spanish it is also "de." It helps to distinguish between component versus essence. I wonder how they say mixed juice drink, like strawberry and orange, though... Jus aux orange et fraise? or Jus d'orange et de fraise? I forget when you use du...


Dexter, you ain't helping here! Farewell, dear childhood, farewell...


Why would 'Je suis en train de manger un pain au fromage' be wrong if it is written in Present Continuous in English?


Because "sandwich" is "un sandwich", not "un pain".


Good question! "Cause it sounds too wordy for a simple statement. "...en train de..." is like, "in the process of" or "in the middle of," which are both very specific. Yes, if you could imagine a context in which someone said, I dunno, how about, "Honey! The phone's ringing. Could you answer it?" Then yes, in context, you could yell back, "I'm eating a cheese sandwich!" And then you could use "en train de." But here, we can assume (for lack of context) that it's just a regular statement.

Hope this helps!

Learn French in just 5 minutes a day. For free.