Understand spoken French

"a half pint of beer" in French

une demie pinte de bière


Literal Breakdown


Note this expression is not commonly used in French as pints aren't really used as measuring units for drinks in most French speaking countries.

This example is to contrast with other uses of "demi", which can be used with or without "e" at the end depending on the context. Similarly to other adjectives, if "demi" is used with a feminine noun it usually takes an "e" at the end.


The French translation for “a half pint of beer” is une demie pinte de bière. The French, une demie pinte de bière, can be broken down into 5 parts:"a (feminine)" (une), "half (feminine)" (demie), "pint" (pinte), "of; from" (de) and "beer" (bière).

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