"Janvier est normalement le mois le plus froid."

Translation:January is usually the coldest month.

January 7, 2013

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This one is interesting, I fell into the trap of thinking that it was the "colder month" as opposed to "the coldest". here's a tip: cold month = mois froid colder month = plus froid mois coldest month = mois le plus froid


Actually, colder month would be "mois plus froid". When googling "plus froid mois", your comment is at the top of the list :)


"January is normally the most cold month" should be right I think?


"Most cold" is certainly proper English.

In the superlative, almost all (if not all) adjectives can take the construction "most + adjective." So, the most cold, the most delicious, the most ridiculous. In order to take the construction "adj + -est," the adjective itself may have to be changed, and some adjectives will not work. Of the three examples I gave, only "most cold" also takes the form "coldest." Between the two options, some usages are more common than others. You would say and hear "the coldest month" more often than "the most cold month," but it is still proper English.


most single syllable adjective in English use the -er, -est endings. adjectives with multiple syllables use more, and most


I don't know if you're a native English speaker, but no-one would say "the most cold month." It's not idiomatic, though it may be grammatically correct in a technical sense. It's the kind of thing a foreign speaker of English would say, who had learned English from a book but wasn't used to speaking it.


That's a very silly ( and dogmatic) thing to say. I was born and educated in England to tertiary standard. I am now an Australian citizen and I'm 72 years old. Your first statement of "no-one would say 'the most cold month'" fails on those grounds alone. I do say that. The idea that I learned English from a book and am not used to speaking it is even more nonsensical. I really do not understand why there are those who feel it behoves them to insist on a version of English that is structured to either their own personal beliefs based on limited experience, or according to some manual which may or may not be helpful to the non-English speaker. The objective is communication on a level that can be widely understood. There will be variations, not just in different countries but even in different states and, in the case of the UK, different counties. Get over it. There is no universal standard for English, nor (in my view) should there be, but please don't try to instruct the native born in what is or is not "idiomatic".


I agree with you. At the same time, I'm of the opinion that if you are learning you should try to stick with grammatically sound rules. In this case, "colder" should be used over "most cold".


The point being that they are both grammatically correct and both equally valid. No wonder we have wars :)


Just like you could say, a murder most foul, you could easily and correctly say, the month most cold. If one is to be a descriptivist, turned prescriptivist, then one should at least read from the giants of English literature and poetry.


I am a native English speaker and I would say "the most cold month". I would also write "the most cold month". I grew up on the midAtlantic coast, and went to very good universities in extremely cold Boston where most cold months are spoken of all the time


"most cold" is not appropriate English, I believe. Check here: http://www.eflnet.com/tutorials/adjcompsup.php


Thanks, that helped me :)

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Just amused to get this sentence on a December day with a metre of snow outside - in Jerusalem!!!


January is the coldest month normally. Why should this be wrong


Well, see, you spelt normally wrongly ; p


A very northern hemisphere centric statement!


Definitely true in Florida


i didnt undersatand what the second "le" means. "Le mois plus froid" wouldnt be enough??


It's the same difference as between "most" and "the most". "Plus froid" = "colder", "le plus froid" = "coldest"


January is normallt the month most cold, is not accepted


i thought is was decem-brrrrrr


This is the most stupidest comment section I have ever read!

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    Another irritating question which says you answered incorrectly based upon the most petty insignificant differences between yours and the "correct answer".

    I answered: January is usually the most cold month ...

    Yet, I said I was incorrect and said the correct answer was: January is usually the coldest month.

    My answer should've been accepted. This fussy and picky AI is just irritating...

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