1. Forum
  2. >
  3. Topic: French
  4. >
  5. Wrong translation solution: E…

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/josdebosduif

Wrong translation solution: Elle offre un livre

Elle offre un livre. Correct solutions: She buys a book. => wrong She is offering a book.

'to buy' is 'acheter', and 'offrir' is anything but a synonym :)

July 11, 2012

6 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/felixsapiens

It seems to me that if you think of taking your friend past a coffee shop and saying "Can I offer you a coffee?" - this is the sense in which "offrir" can be "to buy" - it's offering a gift.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gregsyuk1

There has recently been a topic about the meaning of "offrir" (not sure if you can search for it on here), but in certain cases offrir can mean to buy.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

I believe that the reason why the French "offrir" does not exactly translate "buy" and vice-versa is that you may offer something you have not bought/paid. In addition, in usual French it is not very elegant to refer to money (buy=acheter) when you invite someone for lunch, for exemple.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/marco87c

Offre means buying, it's true, but it actually means buy something for someone. In addition it may also mean to give something to someone as a gift.

And i guess the sentence concerns the second case.

the wordreference page about offre may provide some useful help:

http://www.wordreference.com/fren/offre


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/josdebosduif

I have discusses this with a French friend of mine, and indeed it can be the cases that it means to buy; However this is more than likely not what is meant. Maybe the best thing is to really clarify this within the lessons?

Learn French in just 5 minutes a day. For free.
Get started