The pronunciation of '' l'ours '' is really bad. I understood it after like 5 repeats lol
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l'ours should sound like 'laurrrs', while l'oeuf should sound more like 'loaf' or 'lef'
guys, what's the difference between "gros" and "grand"? are they interchangeable?
I was always taught that when referring to people, "grand" means tall, and "gros" means fat. And I could be way off but when you want to say someone is big, but muscular not fat, just say "fort".
Yes, sifesurf herself explained it to me this way the other day, so you must be right! ☺
Hey, you're replying to "M.Eskan", who asked the same question. Two people have replied them with informative answers. So please, before asking something, scroll down and look at all posts and see if your question is already answered. Thank you.
If ours is the singular for bear then how do you write the plural i.e. bears? Or is it like sheep or fish and the plural for them can be sheep or fish. The plural for fish can also be fishes though.
Correct, they are both "ours", but you can distinguish between them by the article in front of it: L'ours is singular, Les ours is plural.
I selected gros and i was marked incorrect. I should have select grosse? Why is this? Thank you.
"Gros" modifies masculine singular and plural nouns and "grosse" modifies" feminine singular nouns. "Grosses" modifies feminine plural nouns.
why does the pronounciation of l'ours have a g sound? is that supposed to be that way
It's not a G sound. The French [and German as well] R sound is made nearer to the throat rather than the lips like in English. It's like the Scottish word loch or if you put a lot of exasperation into the interjection UGH! [use the back of your mouth to make the gh sound], just a lot softer.
So, in conclusion, it should sound like oorchs.
Now that I have learned Leurs, Im practicing and hear L'ours it sounds very similiar and I can't tell the difference, how can I tell ?
Leurs = the "eu" is similar to the 'ea' sound in 'learn' and the 's' is silent (unless there's liaison, and then the 's' elides to a 'z' sound)
L'ours = similar to 'tour' and the 's' is not silent.
See here: http://translate.google.com/#fr/en/leurs%20l'ours - This link didn't really work. But just type in both words and press the speaker to hear them pronounced.
And here: http://www.forvo.com/word/l%27ours/#fr
This was the first time where I had to chose the correct form of the adjective (masculine or feminine) and to use it with a noun that starts with a vowel is not very helpful. It would have been better to use a more obvious le or la noun.
"The bear is fat" is also accepted. I wonder how one would distinguish between 'fat' and 'big' in French? If I say he's a big man, that doesn't necessarily mean that he's fat, but that he's tall and perhaps muscular. To say that he is tall, one says "Il est grand". I would have guessed that "Il est grand" would have meant he is big, but apparently not.
Well in english many words can have many different meanings, like big can mean he is a big man as in he is a giant man or he is a big man could also mean he is a fat man. It also depends on context of big. So if there isnt any others words for it, then just have to deduce the meaning from the contexts which is something that is done in english too since its such a ambigous language. Hope this helps
Change the O in gros/grosse to an A and you get fat. Il est gras, la femme est grasse etc.
Thanks PorquePuedo. But gros/grosse also means "fat" although it can also mean "big". Calling someone gras/grasse is an insult. Calling them "gros/grosse" is more polite. I asked this question on another discussion. Sitesurf and Jrikhal gave some really good responses .We also discussed "grand". http://www.duolingo.com/#comment/1030214
I thought you meant like... fat... as in gossipy fat haha :) but thank you for that too.
I was marked wrong for putting fat when duolingo provide fat as an alternative meaning for gros!
You can't always expect to use all given translations in all possible situations.
I think "the bears" is "les ours". So it's the same word for both singular and plural
Bears plural in french is les ours. Bear singular in french is l'ours. Its is le ours a masculine noun, but because the e is a vowel next to another vowel it is elided this is called elision. So le ours becomes l'ours. The reason for this is to have language spoken more fluently, so remember two vowel sounds in a row stop the flow. Also I've heard there are exceptions but no need to worry about them now.
"Gros" is the singular and plural masculine
"Grosse" is the singular feminine
"Grosses" is the plural masculine
Gros for masculine singular and plural nouns, grosse for feminine singular nouns and grosses for feminine plural nouns.
why does the answer have to be "the bear is big." but not "the bear is huge." instead.
Are gros and grand interchangable? Because my last one was "Je mange les grosses crepes" which meant I eat big crepes and when I wrote I eat fat crepes I marked me wrong. But here, I wrote "The bear is fat" and it was correct! Can someone explain this?
Could somebody please tell me what the plural of bear is in French. (Thank you in advance.)
You don't, you have to learn the genders by heart (or just guess from their endings).