"An elephant is drinking water."

Translation:Un éléphant boit de l'eau.

March 29, 2013



What's the difference between "boit d'eau" and "boit de l'eau"?

March 29, 2013

  • il boit DE L'eau = he is drinking (some) water (a certain quantity of water)
  • il boit L'eau = he is drinking the water (which is in his glass)
  • il ne boit PAS D'eau = he is not drinking (any) water (no article with the negative form)
March 29, 2013


But the sentence above is not negative... why do they use d'eau instead of de l'eau?

August 13, 2013


Duolingo's error: you should read "boit DE L'eau"

August 14, 2013


Boit d'eau is given as an alternative answer to the (correct) boit de l'eau. I've flagged this as an error.

December 28, 2013


Why "de l'eau" and not "du l'eau"

May 5, 2014


'du' is used with masculine nouns and is a combination of both de and le: de + le = du, de + les = des and if is feminine, la, or l', it is just de - de la and de l'.

For example You would say 'du lait' because milk is masculine - de le lait/ du le lait is wrong. to say 'some food' you say 'de la nourriture' because food is feminine As 'eau' starts with a vowel, you need l' in front of it and de always goes with l' so it is de l'eau.

Hope that makes sense...?

June 7, 2014


That's a very helpful explanation, thanks!

August 24, 2015


Why is it d'eau and not l'eau? How would we know that the elephant is drinking general water over specific water?

July 30, 2013


You should have read the other posts.

August 29, 2013


It was a Duolingo error. The only correct answer should be "boit de l'eau."

September 14, 2013


why can't i spell it as bois

October 6, 2013


conjugation of verb "boire": je bois, tu bois, il/elle/on boit, nous buvons, vous buvez (polite singular and plural), ils/elles boivent.

October 7, 2013


Why can't I say "du eau" ?

June 5, 2014


2 reasons:

  • une eau is feminine, so the partitive in feminine is "de la"
  • but "eau" starts with a vowel, so "de la" has to be elided to "de l' "
June 5, 2014


Thank you so much for explaining! :)

June 7, 2014
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