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"Hello, boys!"

January 25, 2013

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

Why do we include les? The sentence is Hello, boys! not Hello, the boys!


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

One of the reasons is because "garçons" and "garçon" sound identical in French, and the only way to tell the difference between the singular and the plural is with the article, "le" for singular and "les" for plural.


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

But why les and not des?


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

I thought the same thing.


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

That is the way the French say it.


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

Interesting because in spanish we say hola, niños. Thanks for your response :)


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    ok in a previous question to translate 'bienvenue les enfants' into english, it was incorrect to say 'welcome the children', (correct- Welcome children) however in this example it is incorrect to translate "hello boys' into french to 'bonjour garcons'. I am confused.


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

    I understand your feeling confused. "bonjour garçons" is not correct.


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

    In this case , why we can not use 'des garcons' ?


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

    This is a generality, you are talking to all the boys present, so the use of definite article le/la/les is mandatory.


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

    Is it because in this context, i was facing to those boys, so i need to use 'les' mandatory.


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

    Yes, this is related to the context. To be clear with you, there are cases where the article is not needed, example: "Soyez braves, soldats" (be brave, soldiers), because in that context, the address is imperative.


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

    Wow,yes i got it ,really thank you.


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

    I am quite sure, De Gaulle would have said: "Soyez braves, mes soldats."


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

    Hi there! I can't speak for De Gaulle but I believe he might not have "appropriated" soldiers and rather use "Soldats" as a respectful title in that case. But it is only my opinion.


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

    I am still not understanding. So is 'Des Garcons' like saying 'Un Garcon' and 'les garcons' like 'le garcon'?


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

    INDEFINITE ARTICLE un garçon (singular) - des garçons (plural)

    DEFINITE ARTICLE le garçon (singular) - les garçons (plural)


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

    Thanks.. i get it now. now lets see if I can apply it!


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

    @ sitesurf, I really think he did say something like that. He not only was a big man with a big nose, but also with a big ego. (And he had reasons for that. Even if I did not concur with his politics, he was a great man.)


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

    Is "bonjour" or "salut" used more frequently?


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

    It depends on your age and activities. If you work in a start-up, you will say "salut". If you work in a bank, you will say "bonjour".


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

    but boys don´t have the article "the"... it should be "des" ... unfair


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

    the logic behind it is that you are greeting all the boys present, so we use the definite article.

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