What was the point of having "Tour de France" if it doesn't translate into anything else in English? At least just teach us that "tour" means "tower..."
Remember "tower" is la tour (feminine) and not capitalised in French :
ex. la tour de Londres = "the Tower of London"
I dont get that the word de is in the sentence because in English we do not say de
The 'Tour de France' is a famous bicycle race that happens every summer in France. It is the name of the race, and even English/American sportscasters will call it the 'Tour de France'. Thus, it does not need to be translated literally into english--and since it is a proper noun, it stays the same. Hope that helps!
In fact the impact of racing is so strong that the three day bike race round Yorkshire is called the "Tour de Yorkshire".
Apparently we are supposed to infer that Tour de France indicates the name of the 21 day bike race. I'm not sure how I was supposed to know this my first time through.
No, it is a cycling tournament, the most important one, like the champions league for football (soccer)
"le tour" translates to "tour" or even "round" which makes sense in the context of the bike race. "la tour" means tower :)
In this case, le Tour de France is about the bike race. It is preceded by le.
I have trouble with this too, and my mnemonic is the British actress Frances de la Tour who I tell myself is 'a towering talent'.
I don't agree. "I love the Tour de France" should be accepted. Who in their right mind would say, "I like the Tour de France"? It is simply nonsensical? In England, in English you say I love.. a sport, a particular event - no one says I like the something like the Tour de France - it would be so limp-wristed! One loves a sport, an event, etc. Simple!
I don't think the point is that "love" is inappropriate in English per se in this sort of situation, and I take your implied point that there can be ambiguity and slippage in translation, but I also think there are many people who appreciate various sports without being so ardent in their expression.
Tour means tower right? So how comes tour de france. Am lost someone plz help
Le Tour de France is a 21 day long bike race that takes place every July. La tour translates as the tower.
"le tour" translates to "tour" or even "round" which makes sense in the context of the bike race
Le tour = the tour, i.e. the trip around something. In this case a famous bike race around France.
Is "the" necessary here? "I like Tour de France" doesn't sound wrong to me.
I like Formula 1 as opposed to I like the Formula 1
Yes, "the" is necessary here, and "I like Tour de France" sounds like caveman English.
Formula 1 isn't a specific event. It refers to Formula 1 racing as a whole. "I like F1" is like saying "I like road racing", in bicycling terms.
Translating "I like the Tour de France" back into F1 terms, you get something like "I like the Circuit de Monaco" (i.e. "the Circuit de Monaco is one of my favorite F1 races").
The name Tour de France is used by English speakers when talking about the race, even if they do usually pronounce "tour" and "France" as English words.