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"Tu es un garçon."

Translation:You are a boy.

January 4, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sophie010

i thought the s in "es" is silence....


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/1975Be

You pronounce 's' in the end of a word, generally, when the next phoneme is a vowel.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Remy
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In French, a "liaison" is when a normally silent consonant at the end of a word is pronounced at the beginning of the word that follows it. Usually, liaisons are required between two words when the first one ends with a consonant (ex: "es") and the second one starts with a vowel (ex: "un"). They are also required when the second word starts with a "mute H" (ex: "honnête" which means "honest"). Cautious: consonants in liaisons sometimes change pronunciation. For example, an S is pronounced like a Z when it is in a liaison.

  • ex: "Tu es un garçon" means "You are a boy", and is pronounced like "Tu es-Z-un garçon"
  • ex: "Tu es honnête" means "You are honest", and is pronounced like "Tu es-Z-honnête"

The pronunciation (or not) of liaisons follows specific rules. Liaisons are divided into three categories:

Required liaisons:

There are many cases, but here are a few examples: Nominal group: "un homme" (pronounced "un-N-homme"), "les amis" (pronounced "les-Z-amis") Verbal group: "vous avez" (pronounced "vous-Z-avez"), "ils ont" (pronounced "ils-Z-ont") etc.

Forbidden liaisons:

There are many cases, but here are a few examples: After a singular noun: "un garçon intéressant" (you should not say "un garçon-N-intéressant") After "et" (and): "un homme et une femme" (you should not say "un homme et-T-une femme") Before a "h aspiré": "les haricots" (you should not say "les-Z-haricots").

Optional liaisons:

There are many cases, but in this particular case, a case of optional liaison is after verbs that are not followed by a pronoun: "L'enfant prend un sucre". You can either pronounce: "L'enfant prend un sucre" or "... prend-T-un sucre".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mitaine56

sophie- we have to pronounce it to join the 2 words, ES UN, but Duo didn,t pronounce the S at the right place. They say : tu eS un garçon, but with the "liaison" you should say it like this : tu es -z-un garçon


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mitaine56

sophie010- we hear the S when a voyel is following : tu eS Un homme. In, tu es fou /you are crazy., we don't hear the S


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

whats the difference between es and est?


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

isn't "tu" very intimate? shoudn't "vous" be used instead?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jessie.leonard21

tu is informal whereas vous is formal. In conversation when you are speaking to elders you should use vous but it is appropriate to use tu to your peers.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mitaine56

for a man, a woman, an older person, or someone you don't know, you use VOUS, but we never say vous to a child, but for a group of boys, yes because it,s plural


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

In some school, you can say "vous" to a child. In most "collège" (different from the English college), teachers says "vous" to the student, to put a distance.


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

Tu is not so intimate, it depends on the context, the age, etc... I say "tu" to everybody, except my customers and my boss, but some people say "tu" to their boss. If I meet someone I don't know, if he is young, I can say "tu" (depending on the relation, the situation we met, etc) or I would say "vous". If a person is much older than me, by respect, I would say "vous" even if I knew him or her for a long time. French people says "tu" much less easily than Spanish people by example.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TCarlen3

What I don't understand is that here "are" is "es", but I'm pretty sure that in the "you are rich" translation, they use "est" for "are". Can somebody help me?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mitaine56

are is est and also es. you are rich= Tu es riche. he is rich = IL EST riche, same pronounciation but different conjugaison. So, you're wrong because what you say is impossible. I'm native and I can tell you. Je suis, tu es, il est, nous sommes, vous êtes, ils sont.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TCarlen3

Thank you. I kind of realized this after redoing the level, but thank you. That makes a lot more sense and you explained it well.

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