In the last lesson, it said "du" meant "from." So how does "je fais du ski" make sense?

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Donna

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15 December 2017

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In the last lesson, it said "du" meant "from." So how does "je fais du ski" make sense?

This question relates to:
French lesson "Faire de, jouer à : talking about leisure activities"

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

15 December 2017

15/12/17

Bonjour Donna !

There are two du in French :)
- the preposition de contracted with le which can mean from the or of the
Je suis le fils du boucher. I'm the son of the butcher.
Elle vient du cinéma. She's coming from the cinema.
- the partitive article for masculine uncountable nouns, which means some
Je mange du pain.   I eat (some) bread.
Je fais du ski. Literally: I do some skiing. -> I ski.

Here's the link to our related lesson:
https://french.kwiziq.com/revision/grammar/du-de-la-de-l-are-used-to-express-some-or-any-partitive-articles

I hope that's helpful!
Bonne journée !

Chris

Kwiziq community member

16 December 2017

16/12/17

And "je fais du ski" is of the scond kind. Literally: "Do you do some skiing?" -- Chris.

Donna

Kwiziq community member

16 December 2017

16/12/17

Bonjour Aurélie ! That is exactly what I needed to hear. I hadn't understood that at all until you pointed out the two types of "du." No wonder I kept getting so confused! Thank you!! Bonne journée !

Donna

Kwiziq community member

16 December 2017

16/12/17

Ah. I see. Thanks, Chris!

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