"Il finit."

Translation:He is finishing.

March 25, 2013



Is it just me or do the phrases in this lesson tend to be euphemisms in English?

September 29, 2014


I am not sure about your definition of euphemisms, but the sentences displayed in lessons 1 and 2 in this skill look pretty straightforward to me and I don't think they were meant to mitigate anything unpleasant.

September 29, 2014


What about anything very pleasant?

March 4, 2019



Yes it is just you lol.

September 29, 2014


My answer was corect

December 8, 2018


Why not "He is finished?"

August 7, 2013


That would be "Il est fini"

November 11, 2013


I may be wrong, but i believe that could be interpreted as "he is dead."

April 28, 2014


Not quite. "Il est fini" or "elle est finie" is used to comment on people who went bankrupt, or got involved in a huge scandal of some sort. So, generally their career is dead, but they are still alive. I won't give names, but I know a few...

April 28, 2014


Interesting. Can it also be used as a euphemism for 'to climax' as in English? I think I reacall hearing it in this sense before.

(This is a genuine question for those of you who are immature, before you start laughing).

August 12, 2014


yes it can be used as a euphemism

July 9, 2018


I think that it takes avoir in the past tense. So "il a fini"

June 22, 2017

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That would be "he finished" or "he has finished".

October 12, 2017


This is the verb "to finish," not the adjective describing a state of being.

January 16, 2014

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It's the difference between he "is" finished and he "finished" (Il est terminé/fini) vs. "He is finishing" (Il termine/finit).

May 26, 2015


I don't think so. "Finit" is an active verb. So we should mean it, "he finishes". I hope this helps you.

October 29, 2013


cout it also mean "it finishes"?

June 21, 2013


yes, ex: quand le festival se termine-t-il ? il finit dimanche prochain (when does the festival finish? it finishes next Sunday)

June 22, 2013


Whats does the t in termine-t-il mean?

December 17, 2017


Nothing, it is a dummy T to help pronunciation when the verb ends with a vowel.

  • finit-il ? finit-elle ? finit-on ?
  • termine-t-il ? termine-t-elle ? termine-t-on ?
December 18, 2017


why is "he finished" a correct answer? we're in the section under present tense verbs. "he is finishing" and "he finished" can't both be right at the same time.

March 25, 2013


"il finit" is also a past form in French: it is the simple past, which does not appear anywhere else in Duolingo, as far as I know.

  • present: je finis, tu finis, il finit, nous finissons, vous finissez, ils finissent
  • simple past: je finis, tu finis, il finit, nous finîmes, vous finîtes, ils finirent
March 26, 2013


What would be the difference between simple present and present progressive in a sentence like this?

December 21, 2013


"il est en train de finir" is the French progressive to mirror "he is finishing"

December 21, 2013


Thankyou. Been wondering what 'en train de' means

January 3, 2015


It exactly means "in the process of"

January 3, 2015


I thought that when we use finir it more so mean something is dead. To signify that something has been completed we should use terminir. Correct?

February 11, 2016


Can it be "He finished" as well as "He finishes"? Could it also mean "He is finished", just like a lot of other verbs- you don't add "est".

October 24, 2014


Simple past is not taught on Duolingo, that is why you have to assume that "il finit" is simple present.

he is finished = il a fini (son travail)

il est fini = he is finished (he is a has-been, he is ruined, he is dead)

October 24, 2014


Am I wrong to think that Duolingo should teach the simple past? Do you know why it doesn't teach it?

January 10, 2015


Our simple past is rarely used in everyday life and hardly ever in speech. However, it is useful in writing and reading.

January 11, 2015


What about "He quits"?

November 24, 2014


he quits would rather translate to "il s'en va" (he goes away)

November 25, 2014


Ok, thanks!

November 25, 2014


why not "it is finished"?

January 3, 2015


it is finished = il est/c'est fini / elle est finie

January 3, 2015


DL gives two correct answers as " he is finishing" and "he finished" how can this be, one is the present and one is the past tense, in English at least they are two separate meanings

February 12, 2015


French present and simple past (not taught on Duolingo) have common forms:

  • il finit = he finishes / he is finishing
  • il finit = he finished
August 29, 2015


How to put he finished... Past tense?

May 19, 2015


Il a finis = 'he finished' (literally 'he has finished'. Il a finit = 'it has finished.'

J'ai fini = I finished. 'Jai fini mes devoirs' = I finished my homework. 'J'ai fini mon ménage' = I finished my housework.

May 19, 2015


il a fini (no -S, the feminine is "finie" not finise)

Simple past: je finis, tu finis, il finit, nous finîmes, vous finîtes, ils finirent.

May 19, 2015


Terminer vs Finir?

May 29, 2016


It's kind of annoying how they use "to be + gerund" instead of just conjugating the verb. It's pretty common in this series. There's a difference between he finishes and he is finishing.

September 3, 2016


Well Tom, as French doesn't have a continuous present (apart from using the tool "En train de") Il finit translates both to He finishes and He is finishing. Both are accepted in my 2 year experience of Duo's tasks.

September 3, 2016

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To follow up with Jackjon (who is completely correct), the French present tense may be translated to English as either simple present or present continuous. There is no "gerund" here.

December 3, 2016


i type "it is finished" and it is correct

March 12, 2017


Several friends from France told me not to use the phrase "Il est finit," because it essentially means somebody is "finished" or dead. Is that the difference between "Il finit" (he is finishing a task) and "Il est finit" (He is dead)?

May 26, 2017


"Il est fini" is the correct spelling. In feminine: "elle est finie".

You can use it about someone who has lost a game or whose business is going bankrupt, or a villain about to be arrested by the police... or any other unfavorable situation.

May 29, 2017


Thank you! That helps.

May 30, 2017


so difficult to type what I hear when some of the letters are silent! Take the t for instance.

October 14, 2017


As you go, you will learn conjugations and then you won't need to hear the ending consonants to know they are there:

je finis, tu finis, il/elle/on finit, nous finissons, vous finissez, ils/elles finissent.

October 15, 2017


Well,Qiset, like gender so much in French needs to be memorised. You will get used to it all the more you practice. If I may, with respect, to begin any sentence in English we use higher case, especially on a language learning course. Fair play to you for using higher case for the pronoun first person singular "I."

October 14, 2017


So finit = finishing and fini = finished like il mange = He eats and il manger = he is eating?

December 17, 2017


Not quite:

  • il finit = he finishes OR he is finishing (depending on context)
  • fini = finished (past participle)
  • il mange = he eats OR he is eating
  • mangé = eaten (past participle)
December 18, 2017


Is it just I or the audio sounded "infinite"?

March 18, 2018


I cannot tell the difference between signe and finit they both sound the same to me

April 2, 2018


I have mistyped he finished and it was correct. Is is the same in the past? My original intention was to put "he finishes" would that been correct?

May 8, 2018


It happens that "il finit" can be in present or passé simple. Duolingo decided to not teach or use the French simple past, but some users know it and added this possible interpretation.

In present: je finis, tu finis, il/elle/on finit, nous finissons, vous finissez, ils/elles finissent

In past simpe: je finis, tu finis, il/elle/on finit, nous finîmes, vous finîtes, ils/elles finirent.

May 9, 2018


Can it also mean, " he completes"

September 23, 2018


In English: "He's finishing" is a more familiar term in Canada; than "He is finishing".

October 21, 2018
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