1. Forum
  2. >
  3. Topic: French
  4. >
  5. "Are they women?"

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/emrein264

"Are they women?"

January 13, 2013

8 Comments


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

If you don't know whether or not they're women, shouldn't it be "Sont-ils"? Even one male in an arbitrarily large group makes the collection pronoun "ils" instead of "elles", doesn't it?


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

Someone mentioned earlier (I forget who) that it could be asking whether a group of girls are old enough to be considered women?

Sont-elles des femmes ou sont-elles des filles?


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

Why wouldn't it be both sont-elles AND sont-ils if we don't know if they are women?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/emrein264

Why do you say Sont-ce des femmes? or Sont-elles des femmes? Why is the - necessary?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ivona2o

I think it's always like that in questions :)


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

They implies an unknown, so it should be Sont-ils. Why Sont-elles? Wishful thinking?


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

I guess you are assuming they are women (hence you ask if they are women, not "what gender are they".

Learn French in just 5 minutes a day. For free.