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"La douleur est légère."

Translation:The pain is mild.

January 10, 2013



I love the fact that I'm learning French and at the same time I'm improving my English by using Duo. I'm Italian, and these grammatical discussions help me a lot.


Same here, native spanish speaker, it is like learning two languages at the same time.


I take my hat off to you both. "Learning two languages at the same time," sounds quite daunting to me. Bravo to you.


You need more hats then. Russian here. I do like your comments,thanks!))) This one forced me to dig out "daunting"...-:))


Hi guys, I am czech and learning french from english and german from english. Time will come when Duo will offer these also from czech. Big thanks to all Dou helpers for your work!


I'm an English speaker and I'm learning French and Japenese


Me as well i learn two languages in the same time i'm a native arabic speaker i really like that


same here L) xD


Hi I am Slovak and I also learn French and English at the same time


same here. Danny from Holland


Not sure what people think is incorrect about the English sentence. It makes perfect sense to me. "I heard you were stung by a bee, is it painful?" "The pain is mild, but the itching is driving me crazy."


When i look at "pain" I only think of "bread"


An article in French does not always translate to an article in English. "La douleur" is usually translated as "Pain" and not "The pain".


Yes, but it depends on context, and here "Pain is mild" makes no sense.


That works for a generalization, but pain is not necessarily usually mild. So it makes more sense in English with the definite article.


Yes.. and that is why duolingo takes both, but here it only makes sense in English to say "the pain is mild" because "pain is mild" is not grammatically correct. THE pain is mild.. because you cannot speak for pain in general in english.


I'd say on the contrary it is grammatically correct, it's just not logically correct.


Remember "Colorless green ideas sleep furiously"? It's an example of a grammatically correct sentence....that has no discernible meaning!

So you are both right. To say, "pain is mild" is nonsense....but it is grammatically correct. So what we would like to see on DL is more sentences that are both sensible AND grammatically correct. Can I get a second to that motion?


I absolutely agree that the above sentence by itself is quite illogical in the general sense. With more context, however, it could be taken as a general opinion; for example: Pain is mild compared to the severity of death.


One might also say the pain is slight or even the pain is light works in English.


I am brazilian, it is nice to improve my english and learn french


Why is douleur feminine


Why is hat masculine? We just have to memorize the article with the noun to learn which gender it is. Sometimes a noun ending will give you a clue. https://www.thoughtco.com/introduction-french-nouns-1368884


If you don't remember or come across a new word, you can always look it up in a dictionary where they will usually put f for feminine or m for masculine, the n in this dictionary stands for noun. https://dictionary.reverso.net/french-english/douleur


Can "legere" (with accents, of course) be used to mean light (as in weight) as well?


Yes. https://dictionary.reverso.net/french-english/l%C3%A9ger When looking a word up in the dictionary though, look under the masculine form: "léger" which usually includes the feminine form "légère". Especially in this case in which the word for weight is masculine: https://dictionary.reverso.net/english-french/weight

Although the adjective will change forms depending on the gender of the noun that it is describing. "une chaise légère" , "un livre léger"


DL gave grief in its hint but didn't count it as correct.


"The grief is mild". Hm. I suppose it could be a sarcastic remark.


Yes, it is unlikely. You would want to put the definition that is the best fit for the sentence.


I said morning...is that not correct?


You said morning? For what? Douleur? No, it is not even remotely correct. I suggest a good online dictionary. I like http://www.wordreference.com/


Maybe he meant "mourning"...

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