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"Bois-tu l'eau ?"

December 26, 2012

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gk3coloursred

Not as clear as other recordings


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

I can't hear the question mark.


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

You don't need to hear it because the subject (tu) is placed after the verb (bois), which is the interrogative form.


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

This is making my head hurt. I'm sure I will catch on eventually.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Helene13

This is French for you, my friend :-)


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

sounds fine to my ear.


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

Cant it be: Do you drink some water?


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

No because "do you dink some water?" is "bois-tu DE l'eau ?" (a certain quantity of water, not this specific water).


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

Can anyone explain the difference between using "Bois-tu" vs. "Tu bois"?


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

The first one is a question and the second is an affirmative, if I'm not mistaken.


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

How is this any different (in pronunciation) from "Boit-il l'eau?"


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

You (tu) versus he (il)


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

You are right, it is difficult to hear the difference between "bois-tu l'eau" and "boit-il l'eau". However, in real life, chances are that the question would be said this way : "est-ce que tu bois l'eau ?" or "est-ce qu'il boit l'eau", which may be a bit clearer in oral.


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

I still don't understand how to know when to add the dash


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

When the form of an interrogative sentence is the simple one, ie <verb first + pronoun >, you always use the hyphen sign.

You may even have to use 2 of them, every time the verb ends with a vowel, to ease the liaison:

mange-t-il ? pense-t-elle ? danse-t-on ? va-t-il ?


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

why is it this could not be "bois-tu l'eau" OR "boit-tu l'eau"? without a reference how do you tell?


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

It is a matter of conjugation. The form "bois" is only for "je" and "tu".

  • je bois, tu bois, il/elle/on boit, nous buvons, vous buvez, ils/elles boivent
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