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Translate this text to French "I am drinking milk"

Hey, just started learning this awesome language, but I'm a bit confused:

Translate this text to french: "I am drinking milk"

Why is 'je suis bois du lait' wrong - specifically, the answer is 'je bois du lait', but doesn't 'suis' mean 'am'?

December 9, 2012

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https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

I repeat for you what I already answered to another learner:

I am drinking milk means that at the action is currently in progress and not finished. In French, you cannot express an on-going action in the same manner, i.e. with a verbal form.

Therefore, either you use "je bois du lait" (simple present), but you miss the "in progress" nuance, or you use the expression "je SUIS EN TRAIN DE boire du lait", which exactly means what is implied in the English "am-ing".

December 10, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Soupcatcher_Ogre

You should not try to be so literal. Some things are implied in the French language.

December 9, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/KrisWatkins

There is no "am-ing" "is-ing" or "are-ing" in French. Meaning that in "I am drinking" you cut out the "am" and the "-ing" so you are left with I drink. This works with all verbs, they will stand alone with no "am-ing", "is-ing", or "are-ing"

I am drinking - Je bois He is eating - Il mange We are saying - Nous parlons

etc

December 10, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/pumori

you sound like 'michel thomas' :)

December 10, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/MikaelHandigdo

Je bois du lait

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