"Sommes-nous gros ?"
Translation:Are we big?
what if there were two girls talking about themselves? Could it be "grosses", feminine??
It could, but it would sound different. "Gros" sounds something like "grow" in English. "Grosses" sounds like "gross".
"Gros" is singular; "nous" is plural. Is there a plural for "gros" or is it spelled exactly the same?
Yes, "gros" is the masculine plural form of "gros." But the feminine plural of "gros" is "grosses."
So if you say "sommes-nous gros ?" we are asking if we are fat? what about as in buff/muscular?
The preferred Duo choice of big rather than fat confuses me- having read your detailed explanation of context and usage re this translation La baleine est grosse. Correct solution:The whale is big.
• human beings: il est gros (fat), il est grand (tall), c'est un grand homme (great). Intentionally, "grand" is more appreciative than "gros": c'est un gros commerçant (making money); c'est un grand industriel (respectable).
• animals: un gros chien (contrary of "petit chien", so rather big); un grand chien (tall and slim)
So for animals, gros = big, for humans gros =fat.
Hi! This sentence was deactivated in the meantime (not by me), so no further worries to expect.
Still, I confirm what you wrote, ie for human beings, "big" is not a good enough translation for "gros". A muscular and heavy-boned person will not be considered as gros, but as "fort, costaud". Being "gros, grosse" is being (also) fat.
in all questions does the sommes appear first ? and can some one explain why it is like that
Not always. There are three ways to ask that question.
Est-ce que nous sommes gros ? = Are we fat?
Nous sommes gros? = We are fat?
Sommes-nous gros? = Are we fat?
This explains it very well:
You reverse the subject and verb in a question and use a hyphen in between. So as a declaritive sentence it would be: "We are big" = "Nous sommes gros". As a question it would be "Are we big?" = "Sommes-nous gros?". In english, "We" and "Are" are switched, just like "nous" and "sommes". French just uses a hyphen! Good luck :)
On reason is to be more formal like saying "would you like to dance" instead of "d'wanna dance" :)
grand, grande, grands, grandes (people) = tall
gros, grosse, gros, grosses = fat
muscular and/or big-boned = fort, épais, costaud, trapu (man)
oversized (muscular or fat) = fort, forte, forts, fortes
Yes but I think if they did then you might only hear from one voice,but the other might mistake you. For men talk different then woman, for they are two different genders. But i do agree sometimes it is confusing, But you can report an error to say I didn't understand this.
The opposite of "gros" is "mince" (thin/slim). It is a matter of volume.
"small/petit" is a matter of (vertical) size, and the opposite is tall/grand.
No problem. Maybe next time try a joke in French, so that everybody learns something... ;-)
Compared to the rest of the universe, no. We're not big. We're astronomically small.
In French, the last letter usually isn't pronounced. Thus, it's pronounced something like "groe"