https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HayrullahSabri

les-des

elle a les yeux bleus and elle a des grands yeux are correct but, can I say des yeux bleus and les grands yeux instead of them ? if I cannot, then why i cannot? thanks a lot

September 11, 2015

2 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hivemindx

I think you can say both but my opinion isn't worth that much since I'm only learning. However I would have thought that it would be more usual to use "les" when talking about a persons body parts since they are inherently specific to that person.

I'd also be interested to hear what a native French speaker has to say. Sorting out when you use "des" and when to use "les" seems to be one of those ongoing tasks where you gradually build up a picture of what is correct rather than being able to memorise a simple rule.

September 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ronnie-JA

Yes, hivemindx is correct. For the simple reason that using "des" disassociates from the persons actual body. Elle a "des yeux bleus" may be interpreted as the girl having in her possession some blue eyes.

September 12, 2015
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