i'm confused here. why j'ai faim but not je suis faim?

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bay

Kwiziq community member

14 May 2018

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i'm confused here. why j'ai faim but not je suis faim?

This relates to:
Avoir faim / soif = To be hungry / thirsty -

bay

Kwiziq community member

14 May 2018

14/05/18

Never mind, i just saw the answer in the notes. In French they use "to have" to express hunger but not "to be". 

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

14 May 2018

14/05/18

Hi Bay,


Indeed in French we use 'avoir' for thirst and hunger and also for ages.


e.g.


Ils ont vingt ans, cette année. 


(They are twenty this year.)


Le chat a soif.


(The cat is thirsty)


Nous avons faim, quand est-ce qu'on mange?


( We are hungry when are we eating?)


Hope this helps!

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

14 May 2018

14/05/18

Hi Bay - the easiest way to 'get' this is that 'faim' actually means 'hunger' not 'hungry', so in French we say, in effect, "I have hunger". It's the same for thirst. Hope that helps!

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