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My Doubt about french

Does "lit" means is/are reading? When I went to words, translation for "lit" was "bed".

February 14, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jzsuzsi

One word can mean more than one thing.

So yes, lit is the he/she conjugation of lire=to read

https://www.thoughtco.com/lire-to-read-1370489

and also means bed

https://enfr.dict.cc/?s=lit


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slogger

In French, "lit" means "he/she/it is reading" or if it's a noun it means "bed." Same sound and spelling, but two different meanings. English is no less confusing, but we are used to it. For instance, does "bear" signify some kind of big, furry, fish-eating animal or does it meant "to carry, support"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tink629986

And that's not a doubt, it's a question.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vivisaurus

Moving this question to the French forum =]


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Augustine2017

le lit = the bed
il lit = he reads, he is reading
elle lit = she reads, she is reading


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Olivebranchy

Who even knows anymore. Can I quit :)?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jessasnoop3

so if 'lit' means reads then what does mean 'lis' mean.....


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/frenchtoast666

'Lis' also means read. 'Lis' and 'lit' are conjugations of the verb 'lire' (to read) 'Lis' the I/you (je/tu) conjugation in the present tense. Refer to the article @thatjzsuzsi linked.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Waynies

"lire" means "to read". It is an irregular verb and doesnt not follow the conjugation for a -er/-ir/-re verb. french verbs change according to the spelling of the verb, who the verb is referring to, and when the verb is happening here is the full present tense conjunctions for Lire i read-Je lis you(informal) read-Tu lis He/she reads-Il/Elle lit We read -Nous lisons You (formal) read-Vouz lisez They read-Ils/Elles lisent

Every verb has about 5 million ways to say/spell it. or at least thats what it felt like for me at first. and verbs like Lire that are irregular verbs felt like they would be the death of me. But its not too scary and it takes time.

BUT lit also means bed. Just like in English some words have different meanings but are spelled the same.

to know which "Lit" is being used, look at the context of the sentence. "Elle lit le journal" She bed the newspaper? thats just silly. So it must be "she is reading the newspaper"

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