French 10.2 Lvl2
August 1, 2020
August 10, 2020
This is a language difference that can prove tricky for a lot of French learners coming from English.
French speakers will often use the definite article in places where it would seem a bit strange in English, or where English speakers would stick with the indefinite article. The phrase risquez la crevaison is an excellent example of this.
The definite article is used because in French, the speaker is talking about la crevaison "the puncture" as a general concept (a bit similar to la voiture in this other forum post, if other forum readers are interested in checking that out as well). We would probably never say "you risk the puncture" in English, but it's perfectly natural in French. In fact, if we were to use the indefinite article in French and say vous risquez une crevaison (note that crevaison is feminine), it might make things sound more specific - like you're risking A puncture (i.e. just one puncture, or (particularly if we were to add an adjective) a particular puncture).
It can take some time and practice to identify exactly how French speakers use definite articles and when they opt for indefinite articles instead. As you get more exposure to French, though, it will begin to come naturally!
Do let me know if you still have any questions or if any of this is unclear!
À la prochaine,
August 12, 2020
August 17, 2020
Thank you for your feedback! I will pass this on to the French team so that they can see about making the translation clearer and avoiding any possible confusion in future.
À la prochaine,