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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/loonylovegood5

"I am eating an apple and bread."

December 30, 2012

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/loonylovegood5

it so does have a suis for the am. i want my heart back


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

I am eating in English is expressing an ongoing activity, versus "I eat" which is a fact. However, there is no distinction between these two tenses/modes of the verb "manger", and it is absurd in French to use etre (suis es est etc) to indicate an ongoing action.


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

it's not je suis mangeant?


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

you're right about the translation of the present participle, but unlike in english, the present participle in French is not used to talk about what someone is doing at the moment.

http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/presentparticiple.htm


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

Meaning it goes straight to the action. there's nothing helping the verb "manger" to indicate it's happening at this moment, correct?


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

Still not understanding when to use "Je suis mange" and "Je mange." Frusterating!


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

same issue. anyone have an explanation for us?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/le_tra-jeudi

Je mange= i am eating je suis mange= incorrect, because then you'd be saying "I am am eating je suis= i am


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/M_brezzell01

apple is pomme and i said un instead of une because pomme is femminen and not masculine im soooo confused

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