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"May I have a coffee and a slice of bread and butter, please?"

Translation:Puis-je avoir un café et une tartine, s'il te plaît ?

April 20, 2018



"Puis je avoir" or " Puis j'avoir"?

  1. "je" is connected to "puis" by a hyphen, so the form "puis-je avoir" remains

  2. The uninverted form of that is "je puis avoir". in dual verb constructions, only the first verb is conjugated and the succeeding ones either remains an infinitive or become a participle.

  3. The conjugation of "avoir" for "je" is "ai", you cannot say "j'avoir" but "j'ai"


Can you use prendre here instead of avoir?


Apparently not, although I thought prendre was the accepted verb to have or take something to eat or drink.


That « tartine » is giving me a hard time, idk what to translate it for, I once used "(a) slice of bread", and was marked correct, then I used "(a) slice of bread and butter" on the next question and was marked correct. And now on this thing I used "(a) slice of bread" and now it was wrong. Hehehe seems like I'm not good at guessing, I guess.

(Good thing I haven't eaten a tartine when I went to Nantes, I wanted to kill myself out of shame for eating almost every French food the wrong way. I don't even know there is a wrong way.)

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The FR "tartine" is a slice of bread that has something spread on it. It may be butter (unless you specify else), or jam, or some other spread. Why? The verb "tartiner" means "to spread". So in general, you can think of "une tartine" as a slice of bread with butter on it, a staple at grandma's house when les petits-enfants come for a visit.


This task has inconsistent answers. Sometimes tartine must include butter, sometimes it cannot include butter, sometimes optional.

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It comes from the verb "tartiner" (to spread). If you don't specify what is spread on it, you can assume that it will be butter. But it is not just "a slice of bread" (une tranche de pain).


Yes, avoir = to have. However, prendre (to take) is also used by Duo in similar sentences. But not here?


why can't you say "puis j'ai? I thought avoir was an infinitive


You have two conjugated verbs, and can only have one here. Puis-je avoir.... Avoir is the infinitive, air is a conjugated form.


On second thought, I think you might not understand verb- verb constructions.

Several verbs such as devoir, pouvoir, vouloir, and savoir, are used this way. The first verb is conjugated, and the second is an infinitive.

Je peux avoir (I am able to have) Il veut aller à chez nous. (He wants to go to our house.) Tu dois payer (You have to pay)


why not j'avoir instead of je avoir. I thought successive vowels were always elided.


Not always. See this link regarding the exception for when je is inverted.



Thanks, read the link but still don't get it.


As far as invertion with je, the link says that you don't elite inverted je with the following word. It is an exception. Puis-je avoir, not puis-j'avoir.

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This is ridiculous since the new format started today there are so many questions that do not even give the right choices to give the correct answer!!!!

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