Préférez-vous du thé ou du café, monsieur?
This is a sentence from French for Reading Knowledge. As I can see from the dictionary, "Préférer" is a transitive verb. "du" is the contraction "de+le".
Here are my questions:
- Is "Préférez-vous le thé ou le café, monsieur?" grammatically correct?
- If so, what is the difference between this sentence and the one above?
- Would anybody explain what "du" literally means in the quoted sentence? If "du" is "de+le" and it means "of the", then the sentence would be "Do you prefer of the tea or of the coffee, sir", which does not make sense to me.