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"Bois-tu l'eau ?"

December 26, 2012

20 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/gk3coloursred

Not as clear as other recordings

January 1, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/horkover

I can't hear the question mark.

December 27, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

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

December 28, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/horkover

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

December 28, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Helene13

This is French for you, my friend :-)

December 28, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Hypex0x0

Poor accent

December 26, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

sounds fine to my ear.

December 27, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Archegui

Cant it be: Do you drink some water?

December 31, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

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

January 1, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jdiab

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

January 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Vianiz

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

January 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/romanoulis

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

January 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

click on the link, then on the small loudspeaker. http://translate.google.fr/?hl=fr&tab=wT#fr/en/bois-tu%2C%20boit-il

January 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/romanoulis

ok thanks

January 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Jacquelinemommy

You (tu) versus he (il)

January 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

January 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Jacquelinemommy

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

January 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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 ?

January 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/legere

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

February 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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
February 2, 2013
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