"I am a man."

Translation:Je suis un homme.

January 23, 2013

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Am i right that "une" is the female form of "un"?

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You are right:

  • "un" is masculine
  • "une" is feminine


why don't need l' before homme?


because le la les and l' all mean the. So saying "Je suis un l'homme" would mean "I am a the man"


why is Je suis un garcon not correct?


I think it is because garçon means boy.


un garçon= a boy, un homme= a man


Garçon it mean "boy" so je suis un garçon mean "I am a boy",the answer is je suis un homme = I am a man.


did you use the squiggly french c character?

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There is a list of special characters under the box where you type the translation text. Just click on the one you need. In this case, the "ç" is called a cedilla ("cédille" in French).


How do you pronounce cédille? What is the rule on accents?


The cédille is pronounced like a S in English, rather then a C - garçon = gahrssohn


gracevisser- but we don't pronounce the N


Anyone thinks the pronunciation isn't correct for suis un should be read suiZun instead of sui un.

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There should be a liaison between "suis" and "un" and it should sound like "je suis-Z-un homme".

Fixing the audio problems is not trivial, that's why we could not fix these problems so far. We are keeping track of them, and we'll fix them as soon as possible.

Thanks for your patience and understanding!


why can't you say ' un homme' instead of l'homme?


The difference is that 'un homme' means 'a man' while ' l'homme' means 'the man'


why not je suis homme?

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Because you need an indefinite article to translate "a man", so it has to be "je suis un homme".


Also in French we need the article with a noun.


Je suis + always an article. Il est + article. Etc... It's the grammatical form. The same thing that in English you need an article between "I am" and "engineer". Grammatical form.


Why is it not correct to say J' suis un homme?

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You have to use "Je" before a consonant: "Je suis un homme" (I am a man)

You have to use "J'" before a vowel: "J'aime le lait" (I like milk), or before an "h": "J'habite en France" (I live in France)


Why is it not J'suis un homme with a appostrophe after the J?

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In French, elision refers to the suppression of a final vowel (usually "e") immediately before another word beginning with a vowel.

  • For example, "I love" is "J'aime" (and not "Je aime").

This rule also applies before most of words beginning with a silent "h":

  • For example, "the man" is "l'homme" (and not "le homme").

There are a few exceptions to this rule, for example "the bean" is "le haricot" (and not "l'haricot")

Usually, only the vowel "e" can be elided, and only in certain words, mainly 2-letter words (le, de, je, ce, ne, me, te, se) as well as que and other conjunctions derived from it (lorsque, quoique…). But for instance you cannot elide it in "une" and "tu": "une étoile" is correct, whereas "un'étoile" is not, "tu es grand" is correct, whereas "t'es grand" is not (though it's used quite often in spoken French).

The two main exceptions are the following: "la" (e.g., "l'eau", or "l'étoile"), and "si", which is elided only before "il" or "ils" ("s'il(s)", but "si elle", "si un",…).

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