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She contributes to eating the meat.

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"Elle contribue à manger la viande." = "She contributes to eating the meat." I'm not really sure what the English translation is supposed to mean, can anyone enlighten me? Or maybe a different translation of the French sentence?

May 16, 2012

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

If you're wondering whether the sentence or the translation is idiomatic or something, the answer is no. It's just as weird in French as it is in English.

I mean, they're fine grammatically, but as Frologics said, it evokes the image of a group effort to eat up some meat and a woman doing her share of the chore.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/csi
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Aha. So it's kind of like they are working on a meat-eating project, and the female is pulling her weight. Now I get it. Thanks for the answers guys!


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

This is quite similar to one of the first sentences in my Spanish lessons, "la caballo bebe la cerveza". I mean.. who is providing this horse with beer?!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ubernichts
  • Le chien boit du vin

Btw, it may be actually lethal for dogs, don't do it.


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

Uh oh.. ever since that lesson I've been pouring my pup une ptite verre with dinner! I'm suing duolingo.. who's with me?! :) At least the bizarre sentences keep it interesting


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

Yeah, I heard it is a conspiracy to make us learn more ^^


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

...He lives in an apple...


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

This was a sentence about either a worm, or Steve Jobs.


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

Actually, it's very relevant to Apple Cult hipsters so it's not that far-fetched. They DO live in an Apple.


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

It refers to a female helping others to eat a piece of meat (which I assume is large). Or it may just be referring to a female eating meat


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

ROFL -- I like the answers to this. I found this weird as well. I don't think contribue should be translated as "contributes" in this context. It should be more like, "She helps eat the meat." You wouldn't use "aide" there since that has a totalyl different meaning. Some of these translations are awkward when out of context.


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

Yes, there are some pretty bizarre sentences. Sometimes the very wierdness helps the grammar to stay in my memory - I wondered if there was method in their madness


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

Many of the verbs used in this section (Verbs present 3) make for strange translations. I think Duolingo has chosen verbs which sound the same as the English equivalent or similar but not ones in common use. But when you do a more sensible translation they mark it wrong LOL.


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

This is one of many lesson sentences which I find confusing based on their surrealism. I wonder if the content writers had a point for these kinds of sentences or if they were just being weird.


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

In English, I think this would be most idiomatically "She partakes of the meat" which would not be a surreal usage at a large family dinner where a meat dish is carved and served at the table.

Whether Duolingo allows this is another matter.


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

Clearly they're at Texas de Brazil


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

@ cathbot: the worm!

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