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"J'aime une couleur, le vert."

January 7, 2013

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

The translation of "J'aime une couleur, le vert." is : "I like a color, green" or "I like one color, green" depending of the context.

Please note that in this exercise "vert" is a noun, as such it has its own gender (and in French the nouns of colors are masculine: le rouge, le vert, le bleu, etc...)

But in this sentence:

"J'aime la couleur verte" would be "I like the green color" or "I like the color green."

In this case "vert" would be an adjective, so you need to match it with the noun. Since "couleur" is feminine, "vert" will change for "verte".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chilenaDcorazon2

Doesn't this really say "I like one color, green"? Would "J'aime la couleur vert" make more sense as a translation for "I like the color green"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Noiz92

Why is it vert (masculine) and not verte (feminine) because of La couleur? ...Well, probably because it's not the green color but just green without describing the color?


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

Please read my previous comment.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/simon.currie

'la couleur rouge' translates to 'the colour red' (see duolingo Basics Lesson examples for this word). The use of the word 'rouge', in that example, as a noun, does not necessitate modification of sentence structure. If that example is not a mistake, then 'j'aime la couleur rouge' should be acceptable here.


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

Except that it's "J'aime une couleur, le vert" = "I like the colour green." in this exercise. The words "red" or "rouge" don't have their place here.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/simon.currie

But for an apparent distraction, I meant 'j'aime la couleur vert' should be acceptable here. ;-)

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