il a goûté les escargots ou il a goûté des escargots

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il a goûté les escargots ou il a goûté des escargots

I used "il a goûté des escargots," but the correct answer was listed as " il a goûté les escargots." Is that correct, and if yes, why?

Asked 4 years ago
AlanC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

In this case, "les escargots" means snails in general. There is a difference, I think, between manger and goûter. If you say "il a mangé les escargots", this must mean some specific snails, because otherwise it would imply he'd eaten all the snails in the world. But this doesn't apply to goûter, because you only need to eat a part of something in order to taste it.

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Il a goûté des escargots. -- He tasted (some) snails.
Il a goûté les escargots. -- He tasted snails. (meaning snails in general)

il a goûté les escargots ou il a goûté des escargots

I used "il a goûté des escargots," but the correct answer was listed as " il a goûté les escargots." Is that correct, and if yes, why?

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