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"Hello, boys!"

January 25, 2013

23 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/emivega

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

January 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

January 28, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/zoeaize

But why les and not des?

March 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/cheapshot

I thought the same thing.

May 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

That is the way the French say it.

January 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/emivega

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

January 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/adelbosco

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.

February 8, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

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

February 8, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/codewalker_tse

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

February 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

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

February 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/codewalker_tse

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

February 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

February 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/codewalker_tse

Wow,yes i got it ,really thank you.

February 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/siebolt

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

April 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

April 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/mslaroy

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

April 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

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

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

April 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/mslaroy

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

April 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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.)

April 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/zoeaize

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

April 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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".

April 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/francescongelado

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

May 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

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

May 17, 2013
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