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faire and prendre

I understand that faire is the verb "to do". However there was a phrase in the Duolingo lesson "Je vais faire du ski", but the English translation given was " I am going to take the skies". Why can't you say "Je vais prendre du ski" rather than "Je vais faire du ski". I know it would make sense if we say "Je vais faire la ski.", which means "I am going to go skiing."

May 1, 2020

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

it is an action


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Niro457562

But doesn't both verbs "faire" and "prendre" action verbs.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Niro457562

My question is why not use prendre instead of faire in the sentence "Je vais ____ du ski"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jojo553168

Prendre and faire are not synonyms in french.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jojo553168

You could say Je vais prendre les skis. But it is not a very good equivalent to Je vais faire du ski

I know it would make sense if we say "Je vais faire la ski."

No, it would actually not. It is really Je vais faire du ski. (which is masculine by the way, so it would have been le ski)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Niro457562

When do you mainly use faire and prendre?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Niro457562

Faire - to do Prendre- to take


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Niro457562

So you are using faire for performing activities and prendre for action?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jojo553168

So you are using faire for performing activities

Exactly. Je fais du sport, Je fais du dessin, Ils font de l'équitation...

Sorry I just deleted my post and your question


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Niro457562

It's fine. Thanks so much Jojo.

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