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du/la and faire/jouer ??

 
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Ada



Joined: 30 Sep 2005
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2005 10:03 am    Post subject: du/la and faire/jouer ?? Reply with quote

my French teacher taught me some new phrases recently ...
1. cooking is "faire la cuisine"
2. skiing is "faire du ski"
3. to play flute is "jouer de la flûte"

why we use "la" sometimes and "du" the other time?
what is the meaning of "faire" and "jouer"?

merci
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Rob



Joined: 17 Apr 2005
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Location: United States

PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2005 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

faire + de + sport (faire = to do, to make)
Je fais du roller. (I'm roller skating) We use du in this case because the noun is masculin (le roller).

Je fais de la pétanque. (I'm playing botchi ball) We use de la in this case because the noun is feminine (la pétanque).

Je fais de l'alpinisme. (I'm mountain climbing) We used de l' in this case because the noun started with a vowel. (l'alpinisme)

jouer + à + activity (jouer = to play)
Je joue au foot. (I'm playing soccer)
Je joue à la (I can't think of a feminine sport right now.)
Je joue à l' (same for this)

jouer + de + instrument
Je joue du tuba. (I'm playing the tuba)
Je joue de la clarinette. (I'm playing the clarinet)
Je joue de l' (can't think of one)
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Ada



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2005 4:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Merci, Rob

Je fais de la pétanque. (I'm playing botchi ball)
Je joue au foot. (I'm playing soccer)
in this case, "je fais..." and "je joue..." both refer to "i'm playing ..."?

is "des" a plural form of "du" and "de la"?
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Rob



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2005 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep.
de
du
de l'
de la
des
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Nita



Joined: 19 Aug 2005
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2005 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ada, you can read the other section of this website:

http://www.jump-gate.com/languages/french/index.html

They are basic French lessons.

And then you can buy a French dictionary, or use an online one like:

http://dictionnaire.tv5.org/dictionnaires.asp?Action=4&param=jouer&che=1

It has definitions in both French and English, as well as related phrases.
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Ada



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2005 2:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nita, awesome. They are very helpful and useful.

merci beaucoup
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