"Are they women?"

January 13, 2013


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?

February 1, 2013

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?

February 8, 2013

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

February 4, 2013

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

January 13, 2013

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

January 18, 2013

Ah, thanks!

January 19, 2013

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

February 3, 2013

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

February 7, 2013
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