The English word put is mettre in French. But mettre and put aren't used in exactly the same contexts. However, the general meaning is the same.
I bet it isn't!
Pourquoi mets-tu du sucre dans ta soupe ?
Why do you put sugar in your soup?
Tu mets la chemise dans la valise.
You put the shirt in the suitcase.
Elle met son manteau pour sortir.
She puts on her coat to go out. BUT ...
Je mets la table.
I'm setting the table.
Wait a minute... The last example has a completely different meaning!
Ha ha, you're right. But this one is a bit particular, because mettre la table is also a set expression. Let's have a look at the conjugation of the verb:
The verbs promettre (to promise) and permettre (to allow) follow the same pattern!
For Grammar Lovers
We've seen a few regular verbs up until now and have learned how to conjugate them (-ER, -IR). -RE verbs belong to the 3rd and final group of French verbs. They form the smallest category of irregular French verbs.
So I'm guessing mettre is one of the -RE verbs.
Exactement ! You can even call this last group, the irregular verbs group.
Would that help me remember them quicker?
Ha ha ha, you're funny!
Table Etiquette in France
Table manners can vary from country to country and remember the French are not only unique in their language (and their eyebrows-raising skills), they are also very fond of table etiquette. Don't worry, we've got you covered! Care to guess if these statements are true? (Find the answers below). 1. You should place your napkin in your lap immediately after being seated.
2. You should tear your bread into a bite-sized piece before eating it.
3. After each course, you should wipe your plate with a piece of bread.
4. A French dinner often consists of a salad for the starter, main course, cheese course, dessert, and coffee.
5. It is acceptable to eat frites with your fingers.
Solutions . . . . . . .
1, 3 are false. 2, 4, 5 are true.