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"Você bebe um chá?"

Translation:Do you drink tea?

May 12, 2013



Is the "um" necessary or common when asking about a class of items, like tea, rather than a discrete item?


If you're asking if the person drinks tea in general, the right is to ask "você bebe chá?". "você bebe um chá?" is just common in a situation where you want to offer a cup of tea for a visit, etc. ;)


So this is more for asking if somebody would like one, rather than if they are currently drinking one? The word selection answer would have implied to me the opposite...


I am an English teacher and Englishwoman. We ask: Do you want a cup of tea? or Do you want some tea?


If the sentence was "voce bebe um cha?", the correct translation should be "do you drink a tea". Otherwise, it seems to me the correct question to match up with the correct answer would be "voce bebe cha?"


"Você bebe chá?" = "Do you drink tea?"; "Você bebe um chá?" = "Do you drink/want a cup of tea?"

There is the difference, hope it helps.


You can't say 'do you drink a tea' it doesn't make sense in English. Will you drink a tea would seem to be the best translation.


Technically, it can be correct in the right context. It is not common.


This phrase doesn't sound natural from a British or from an American point of view. I've lived in London and in the US. I've heard people ask "Do you drink tea?" (Some people are not tea drinkers and would prefer coffee or hot chocolate)

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While 'You drink a tea' was marked as correct, I don't know of it as a common word to say in English, or at least in that way.


Not in American english, I'm pretty sure it's grammatically incorrect


It's wrong in UK English too


So, duolingo guys please make "Do you drink a cup of tea?" a n acceptable answer please. It hurts my ears to say "Do you drink a tea?"




You could say "Are you drinking a tea?" (which Duolingo accepts here), for example if you saw somebody with a drink and wanted to know what it was. But even then, it would be more common (in my American English) to leave out "a".


It is not common. But it can be correct English. Here are two examples: "How do you consume sassafras root? Do you drink a tea?" -or- "Are you kidding me? You grind up the root and steep it? You drink a tea???"


"You drink a tea" is grammatical in the American and English language and it is common.


It is grammatically correct. Your mileage may vary on its being common, though.


And why "cha" is masculine ?


Because tea is a MANLY drink! (-_^)


Yep, in England you have to have the cup for ordinary (black) tea, but strangely enough it doesn't apply to herbal teas, so you could ask if someone would like a mint tea for example, otherwise it is a 'cuppa'...mine's a builder's (very strong)!....[sorry a little flippant : ) ]


You guys are just going to have to accept that the grammar in Portuguese it's different from the grammar in English.it may not seem correct or grammatically correct when you look at it from the aspects of English grammar but it is completely correct when you look at it from the viewpoint of Portuguese Grammer. There are going to be many differences that do not make sense if you compare it to English grammar but you're just going to have to accept that a different language with different grammatical rules.


você está bebendo o chá . what is the different between Voce bebe um cha ?

  • Você está bebendo chá = You are drinking tea now, in this moment

  • Você bebe chá = You usually drink tea / You like to drink tea

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    If it says um cha, I am going to write a tea, and then I am told I am wrong...?!!


    In my opinion, this translation is just plain wrong. Google translate agrees with me. Duolingo is riddled with errors like this. My guess is that these sentences are machine generated. They suffer from the same defects as spell checkers, expect that these are worse.


    Google Translate makes errors too, you know. I regularly use 3 translators -- Babylon, Google, Microsoft -- and they often disagree with each other. The best translator is the human mind.

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