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"There is one shrimp left on his plate."

Translation:Il reste une crevette dans son assiette.

April 5, 2018


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    Why not "...sur son assiette"?


    Honestly, I don't really know why. "sur son assiette" is the literal translation of "on his plate" but in this case we never say that but "dans son assiette". I think that's because a plate is made to be a container and you don't put things "on" a container but "inside" a container so you say "dans" and not "sur".


    If you answer "Il y a encore une crevette sur son assiette.", Duolingo excepts "sur son assiette". I wonder why the difference?


    This examples the limitations of Duolingo. It expects us to translate something that is quite bizarre to the student - without any particular explanation. I would have translated it thus: Il y a une crevette qui reste sur son assiette, and I've no idea why this is wrong !


    There is smthg left = Il reste... But if I say: "Il y a une crevette laissée dans son assiette", what am I saying in French? Do I sound totally dumb? One can only translate "there is ... left" with "il reste..."?


    il reste + [substantif] → "there is some (noun) left".
    While your sentence does appear to translate to one given, I can't say wherever it is commonplace to use it this way in French.

    I do know that "laisser " can be used with reference to food, such as
    Si tu n'as plus faim, laisse ton dessert. → "Leave your dessert if you're not hungry."

    However, I feel the construction you used has a sense of forgetting something and leaving it somewhere. As in:
    J'ai laissé mon sac chez ma mère. → " I left my bag at my mum's."

    But we really need a native speaker to wade in on this one.


    it is good translation propose by DL

    it is necessary no to mixed up the use of these verbs in this context " laisser " and the verb " rester "

    il reste une crevette sur ( dans ) son assiette translate by the verb to be left in english !

    il laisse ( something ) active

    il reste ( something ) passive


    I tried 'Il y a une crevette qui reste dans son assiette' Ça marche, non ?

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