She contributes to eating the meat.

"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


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.

May 17, 2012

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!

May 20, 2012

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?!

November 10, 2013
  • Le chien boit du vin

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

November 11, 2013

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

November 11, 2013

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

November 12, 2013

...He lives in an apple...

June 26, 2012

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

February 2, 2013

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

January 7, 2014

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

May 16, 2012

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.

June 2, 2012

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

June 25, 2012

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.

August 16, 2012

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.

June 24, 2012

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.

July 3, 2012

Clearly they're at Texas de Brazil

November 11, 2013

@ cathbot: the worm!

July 9, 2012
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