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About present tense

Example sentence 1:

"Il boit du lait"

  • I get this means "He drinks [some] milk" but does this also mean "He IS DRINKING [some] milk"?
  • How would you know whether the present tense is (drinks) or (is drinking)?
5 years ago

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This is an occasion where English has more variants than French. You have to use your judgement when writing in context, but when you just have a phrase they are equally right.

5 years ago

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The equivalent of "he IS DRINKING milk" is "il EST EN TRAIN DE boire du lait". In other words, when the English language has a verbal form to express that an action is in progress, the French use an expression to mean the same thing.

5 years ago

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Great - I've not learnt that yet, so I'll look forward to it.

5 years ago