I am alone - Je suis seul(e)

I chose both "Je suis seul" and "Je suis seule" as possible translations for "I am alone", but it marked me as incorrect for the feminine spelling. Is this right? I'm female btw, so it's not checking my user information in case you were wondering

June 1, 2012


That's odd, my dictionary has both forms and even has examples with seule/seules. Looks like it's an error in Duolingo. Better send feedback so they can correct it.

June 2, 2012

@AwesomeSauce - you could just use the masculine all the time, yes. But I think it's also a good option to send feedback every time so as to fix Duolingo on this aspect. Why not help to correct it?

July 12, 2012

Yes, it should accept both.

June 7, 2012

You are correct, but the beta isn't quite caught up with the modern world. For instance, when I translate "They are writing a letter," it could just as easily be "Ils écrivent une lettre" and "Elles écrivent une lettre," but Duolingo does NOT want the latter. That needs to change. I guess it will if we keep asking about it!

June 19, 2012

I've just crashed out of a test because of this. One task was: Translate this text to French (Beta): "I die alone." I wrote: "Je meurs seule" but it was marked "wrong... Correct solution: Je meurs seul". Another mistake I made was translating "il finit" as "it finishes". The only acceptable answer was "he finishes". Frustrating... so I hope this is clarified soon.

June 29, 2012

French tends to lean to the masculine form of a word. Duolingo is not quite advanced enough to know that the "je" taking the test/lesson might be feminine. Stick to the masculine form of a word for now.

July 8, 2012

That's quite an oversight – one that's both incorrect and offensive. Please fix this, Duolingo.

February 2, 2014
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