donner à boire

English translation: give some water

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French term or phrase:donner à boire
English translation:give some water
Entered by: musilang
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19:42 Dec 5, 2010
French to English translations [Non-PRO]
General / Conversation / Greetings / Letters / children's book
French term or phrase: donner à boire
Dans mon jardin, il ya un arbre.
Je lui donne à boire quand il fait chaud.

What exactly does the phrase mean?
give a drink?
give something to drink?
musilang
United States
Local time: 03:21
give it some water
Explanation:
We would usually say "give it some water" in BE.
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Sarah Bessioud
Germany
Local time: 12:21
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Summary of answers provided
4 +6I water the tree when it's hot (gve it drink)
Drmanu49
4 +1give it some water
Sarah Bessioud


Discussion entries: 4





  

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6 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +1
give it some water


Explanation:
We would usually say "give it some water" in BE.

Sarah Bessioud
Germany
Local time: 12:21
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Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 34

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Ingeborg Gowans: yes, I can imagine a child putting it this way
15 mins
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5 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +6
I water the tree when it's hot (gve it drink)


Explanation:
IMO

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Note added at 8 mins (2010-12-05 19:51:11 GMT)
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sorry please read give it a drink.

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Note added at 1 hr (2010-12-05 21:24:23 GMT)
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give it a drink in child talk of course!

Drmanu49
France
Local time: 12:21
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Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in FrenchFrench
PRO pts in category: 81

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  InfoMarex: Yes, I agree
1 hr
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agree  Catherine Gilsenan
14 hrs
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agree  xxxSMcG: basic French figurative
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agree  B D Finch: A (British) neighbour once insisted on giving a wilting sapling some tea. It died.
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agree  Verginia Ophof
20 hrs
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agree  AllegroTrans: "give it a drink" is what a child would readily understand
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