"La fille lave sa robe."

Translation:The girl is washing her dress.

January 4, 2013



Why is the first answer not also correct? "sa" could technically be "his" or "her" since the gender is only reflective of the noun it represents--right?

January 4, 2013


You're right. This sentence could translate as either "she's washing her dress" or "she's washing his dress". We don't want to be judgmental here and assume that a man can't own a dress.

January 28, 2013


I am french and if I said that, that's mean "her dress" other wise I said "La fille lave la robe de l'homme (de son frère, du garçon....) If you say this sentence without aother precision, all french undersand "her own dress".

August 31, 2014


Is that also the case, when a woman says it while she is pointing at, for example, her husband?

January 2, 2015


@Stefjager. La femme lave la robe de son mari = the woman washes her husband's dress.

January 6, 2015


Sorry I don't understand your question

January 5, 2015


I can't say clean?

June 12, 2013


laver : wash :: nettoyer : clean

July 5, 2013


i once heard the idiom: blood washes, fire cleans. in everydays language you should be able to say clean.

May 8, 2014


But then you'd use the verb Nettoyer=To Clean in its conjugated form.

May 8, 2014


I heard ses robes

June 28, 2014


"The girl washes his dress" should be accepted as well!!

July 28, 2014


Hmmm. I think DL may shy from that as it can imply cross-dressing. It is OK I suppose for specifics like military uniform and evening dress but he's a hard man that gets a girl to wash them.

July 28, 2014


In french, since sa=him/her, people just assume it means her in sentences like these, because that makes the most sense. So theyre just assimilating you, and not being anti-cross dressers.

July 28, 2015


sa is used when the gender of the object is feminine and son is used when the gender is male, as in robe is a female so thats why sa robe is used, e.g the girl is washing her clothes.

January 24, 2015


Whoa, 'Les filles lavent ses robes.'
Don't lie.

March 17, 2015


robe is a feminine noun, that's why "sa" is used.

April 5, 2015


but couldn't you say clean it is the same as washes?

June 3, 2015


Well, it is indeed in practise Meoww, but not in language. She cleans her dress= Elle nettoie sa robe. Beware, French is very specific.

June 3, 2015


Yes. In french 'nettoyer' is not necessary with water but 'laver' is necessary with water.

June 3, 2015


Guys you need to fix the problem! The word "robe" was so so after the all sentence you need to make this faster. Pleace fix it.

June 5, 2015


In the listening question, could 'la fille lave ça robe' also be correct?

June 27, 2015


Well, I'm not 100% but I've researched this while awaiting an answer like your self and I think you're looking for "She washes This/That dress" and I suspect that Ca (with accent) would translate to "It". La fille lave CETTE robe I suspect is The girl washes This/That dress. Of course this won't do because it sounds nothing like "Sa".

June 27, 2015


You are right. Ça is a demonstrative prononous. Exemple "what this. That, it is a dress" (qu'est-ce que c'est, ça, c'est une robe). In this sentance you can't use ça. Ça has the same meaning that cela in french.

June 29, 2015


Shouldn't "The daughter washes her dress." be correct?

October 28, 2015


No, because "fille" does not mean "daughter" when "a" or "the" stands before it. It only becomes "daughter" when a possessive stands before it.

A girl - Une fille

The girl - La fille

My daughter - Ma fille

Your daughter - Ta fille

His/her daughter - Sa fille

Our daughter - Notre fille

Hope that helps.

October 28, 2015


Got it! Thank you for the clarification.

October 28, 2015


You are welcome!

October 28, 2015


Exactely, and don't forget The Jhon's daughter = la fille de Jhon. And "La fille de Paris" = "the girl from Paris"

October 31, 2015


That is true. I completely forgot about that. It was not until I logged out that I realised that something was missing from the post I made (namely that one).

November 1, 2015


why doesn't "The girl is cleaning her dress ." work

April 19, 2018
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