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"Il y a un fil qui ne sert à rien."

Translation:There is a thread that is useless.

April 7, 2013

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

"Un fil qui ne sert a rien", I learned, is more of a translation to "An electrical wire that goes nowhere", as opposed to a thread used for clothing.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alf42

That makes sense. Thanks!


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

Yes, nice to have such idioms tested out of nowhere -.-


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Muzorewi1984

I wrote "There is a thread that serves no purpose" and was told incorrect do not confuse "purpose" and "use". What's the difference between something having no use and something serving no purpose? It's too subtle for me.


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

It's probably worth using the "My answer should be accepted" button on that one.


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

Your 'serves no purpose' is now accepted, but I put 'doesn't serve any purpose' which was rejected.


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

It is ! Have a lingot !


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JagMicker1

It is interesting that "this thread is useless!" - describes this sentence perfectly! :-P


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

Je viens d'ecrire "There is a cord that is used for nothing.".....c'est faux?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JagMicker1

A stupid sentence at best!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alf42

My answer "There is a string which isn't good for anything." was marked incorrect.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vas-y-toi

Well, I translated: "There is a wire that does not work." While I understand this is not an EXACT translation of the sentence, I do kinda think it is an acceptable translation for conversation. Problem being that "...that works for nothing" may be a closer literal translation, but no one I know says that when speaking.


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

'That man works for nothing' is something completely different


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

how about "good for nothing"?

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