"Nous sommes en train d'acheter des fruits."

Translation:We are buying fruit.

March 30, 2018



Why is train in the sentence?

April 13, 2018


"être en train de + infinitive" means "to be in the process of, in the middle of". It expresses something that is happening right now. Like
Je suis en train de dîner → I am (in the middle of) having dinner.

In this sentence it means "We are (in the process of) buying fruit."

April 13, 2018


Thank you!

April 13, 2018


This was very helpful!

April 19, 2018


I suppose that is why this is verb plus infinitive versus conditional, which is a simpler way of saying during or in the middle of, though more difficult to learn. I think your comment is very helpful.

April 27, 2018


But "we are in the process of buying fruit" was rejected. I know it's awkward but a lot of Duo's translations are awkward. Will report.

April 19, 2018


I agree

April 29, 2018


I had the same phrase rejected.

October 10, 2018


...in the process of... must be right here - at least as an option. You need to express the immediacy of the action, and "We are buying fruit" does not do that unambiguously. Nous achetons des fruits could also be translated as "We are buying fruit" but it does not mean the same thing.

May 18, 2018


In this case, why would "We are buying some fruit" not be acceptable?

April 2, 2018


It doesn't accept "fruits" and I don't know why.

April 17, 2018


This is getting crazy. I was still typing and I was marked incorrect. Yet there is no way to report this to Duolingo.

May 3, 2018


I wrote 'we are in the process of buying fruits' and it was marked wrong. What is the point of using 'en train' then??

July 27, 2018


we are buying fruits did not make it, and it is not idiomatic, but it it grammatical and not a semantic violation. But my question is, is there a fruit/fruits issue in French as well, since des fruits is plural, no? My Practique Larousse give fruit as masculine, so what would I be saying in French if I used du fruit?

March 30, 2018


des is the plural of un / une.

un fruit is a single piece of fruit. des fruits is fruit plural. In English we use the word fruit as a plural and, to singularise it, we either say "a piece of fruit" or, for example, "a tomato is a fruit".

I would say, if it were a single piece of fruit being purchased, then the French sentence would be Nous sommes entrain d'acheter un fruit.

I don't know if that helps at all. :-)


March 31, 2018


So what does "Nous sommes acheter des fruits" actually mean if its incorrect in this case?

June 15, 2018
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