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"Men are boys."

January 12, 2013



'Les' means 'the' but in a plural form, as in 'les hommes' are 'the men'. 'Des' means 'some', as in 'des pommes' are 'some apples'.


so...'the men are some boys' ?


why wouldn't it be correct to say les hommes sont les garcon ? that's initially how I translated it in my head...then I felt like des sounded better with garcon so that's what I wrote, which by chance I was right.


If you use google translate, that is how it is said. Les hommes sont les garcons


i thought les was "the" for plural forms and des was "of"... some notes on rules of this language would be nice opposed to just raw translation trial and error.


If you used the links provided, you would have all rules. Learning a language is also about working with various sources. http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/articles.htm


I could not agree more. Some simple guide lessons before each question would be extremely helpful, or at the very least, one could be given a second chance if it is only one simple mistake that is made. Trial and error IS very tedious.!!!


Is Les always necessary before hommes? I feel that in english "the men are boys" and "men are boys" are fairly different sentences with different meanings, and that the translation they gave us "les hommes sont des garçons" can be translated to one but not the other.


I do not understand the difference between "les" and "des".


Thank you this was very helpful! :)


Im not good at DUolingo :O


'Des' means some. One mnemonic I use is "Men are of the boy-type" to help me remember "des garcons". Perhaps it'll help. I got it wrong on the first try too.


When do you use "sont" and when do you use "est"?


all French verbs are conjugated, meaning that endings change according to the subject. we have 2 auxiliaries: être (tobe) and avoir (to have) which should be the first verbs you should learn.

je suis, tu es, il/elle/on est, nous sommes, vous êtes (polite singular and plural), ils/elles sont.

j'ai, tu as, il/elle/on a, nous avons, vous avez (polite singular and plural), ils/elles ont


Thanks for the reply, it cleared it up for me

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