"He drinks milk."

Translation:Il boit du lait.

March 14, 2013

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When do we use boit/bois? I get confused :(


Conjugation of verb "boire":

  • je bois, tu bois, il/elle/on boit, nous buvons, vous buvez (polite & plural), ils/elles boivent


We use boit for il and elle and bois for je and tu


How come "he likes chocolate" did not accept "il aimes du chocolat" but in this instance "du" is appropriate?


There are 2 reasons why il aimes du chocolat is not correct:

  • the conjugation in 3rd person singular never has an -s: "il aime".

  • the direct object of an appreciation verb is automatically preceded by a definite article: "il aime le chocolat". The reason is that when you like or dislike something, you like or dislike it all or the whole category. Therefore, the sentence becomes a generality and generalities in French require a definite article: "il aime la soupe ("soup" in general), les chansons ("songs" in general).

Appreciation verbs are: aimer, adorer, apprécier, préférer, détester, haïr, respecter


When should we use du?

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