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

"Beautiful birds"

January 28, 2013

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

I don't see why the De/Des needs to be included here


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

Because it is the plural of "un bel oiseau" and that French keeps an article in the plural form, while the English doesn't.


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

Why are both "de" and "des" correct? I thought I had to use "de" beause the adjective precedes the noun.


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

"Des" is not correct.


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

Duolingo doesn't know that...

Another correct solution:

<pre>Des beaux oiseaux </pre>

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

The problem reported.


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

I'm still confused about why "les" can't be used here. I realize a literal translation would make it "the beautiful birds", but I keep seeing "la/le/les" used for a translation without an article in English. I saw "beautiful birds" had no article in English so I tried using "les" for the French translation.


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

Consider this: "beautiful birds" is the plural of "a beautiful bird".

In French: "de beaux oiseaux" is the plural of "un bel oiseau".

Note: in front of an adjective, plural indefinite article "des" becomes "de" Note2: "beau" becomes "bel" in front of a noun starting with a vowel (oiseau) or a non-aspired H (homme)

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