"I am holding the child."

Translation:Je tiens l'enfant.

December 17, 2012



"take" and "hold" are as different as "prendre" et "tenir"...

December 18, 2012


Hey sitesurf, can you explain to me when to use porter and when to use tenir? Because my first inclination was to use porter here but it wasn't a multiple choice. Would porte be acceptable?

October 20, 2013


"Porter" is to carry : "je porte l'enfant" means that his/her feet are no more on the ground ("dans mes bras", "sur mon dos", "sur mes épaules")

"Tenir" is to hold: "je tiens l'enfant" means that his/her feet are still on the ground ("par la main", "par le bras", "par l'épaule")

October 20, 2013


Oh. Oh! Oh? As in, to hold back, hold in place, hold on to... but not hold up? Hmmm. HMMM!

October 23, 2015


In which case they should say "to hold onto" as to hold a child means to carry them in English.

March 20, 2019


I love an explanation :)

February 28, 2019


Why, why the tiens and not the tien

March 14, 2014


It's just the way it is. sigh...

December 2, 2014


Many verbs end in "s" or "x" for "je":

  • je suis (être)
  • je vais (aller)
  • je sais (savoir)
  • je peux (pouvoir)
  • je veux (vouloir)


1st group verbs (all "-er" verbs) don't, e.g. "manger" - "je mange", except for "aller" - "je vais", which is irregular (3rd group).

2nd group verbs (regular "-ir" verbs) do.

3rd group verbs are irregular ("-ir", all "-re" verbs and "aller"), so some do and some don't.

March 19, 2016


Yes, why?

December 15, 2017


"Le tien" means "yours" and it is a possessive pronoun.

"Tiens" is the verb "tenir" in present when the subject is "je" or "tu": je/tu tiens, il/elle/on tient, nous tenons, vous tenez, ils/elles tiennent.

December 16, 2017


Why is it not "Je suis tiens l'enfant"?

April 21, 2017


You don't translate "am" when it's "am ...ing". "I am holding the child" = "I hold the child" = « Je tiens l'enfant ».

April 21, 2017


The word "tiens" can function both in the English present continuous tense "am holding" and in the English present tense "hold".

September 19, 2018


Can someone explain when you use l' and when you use le/la

October 17, 2017


"le" is "the" before a masculine word (noun or adjective) starting with a consonant

"la" is "the" before a feminine word (noun or adjective) starting with a consonant

"l'" is "the" before a masculine or feminine word (noun or adjective) starting with a vowel or a mute H

  • le chien
  • la femme
  • l'homme
  • l'enfant
  • l'eau (feminine)
October 18, 2017


"en train de bloquer"?

June 30, 2015
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