"The woman is eating a fish."
Translation:La femme mange un poisson.
"the woman is eating a fish" = one fish = un poisson.
"the woman is eating (some) fish" = a piece of fish = du poisson
" the woman drinks (some) tea" = a certain quantity of tea = du thé
Thank you very much, it was a real mistery for me =) I couldn't even find any connection between the words and grammatical cases))
Tip for people: Don't order "poison" (single s) at a restaurant, you're organs won't enjoy it as much - it's the same as the English word, poison. "Poisson" (fish) is pronounced with a sharp 's' sound (like in the pronunciation), and "poison" with more of a 'z' sound.
Lol stop that. It's like pwasahn; I'm sorry if this doesn't help people. I'm fairly sure about this.
why is it "L'homme mange du poisson" but "La femme mange un poisson" when the English was "He is eating fish" and "She is eating fish"? How do I ever tell when to use "du" and "un" when the sentences were the same except for the subject of the sentence?
I get very confused about when to use "une" and when to use "un".. is this a gender thing?
There are a whole bunch of tricks but no all inclusive rule. You've just got to learn what looks/sounds right
Generally, you use "une" when a noun ended with "e", otherwise, you use "un". That's all I know for now.
You would not say "The woman is eating A fish. " Just "fish". It is uncountable in English, just like "meat" in this context. Therefore I wrote "du poisson".
We could say it, but normally we are more specific about the fish. such as "She is eating a sardine." or "She is eating a trout."
No, it is not, because "is eating" is a continuous present that does not exist in French:
she is eating: elle mange or elle est en train de manger.
I eat = je mange You (familiar you) eat= tu manges He/she/it eats= mange We eat = nous mangeons You (formal you) = vous mangez They eat= ils/elles mangent
Everytime I read "The woman is eating..." I start to write "Elle mange..." Ugh.
a fish = un poisson
a girl = une fille
the fish = le poisson
the girl = la fille