https://www.duolingo.com/TreLeans

"He talks about the dresses."

February 12, 2013

12 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/ikkiqyy

Why is "Il parle les robes" incorrect? It says "the dress", not "some dresses"

February 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/emily.lehman

You need "de" because the man is talking "about" something. In this case, "des" is used b/c it is a combination of "de + les," much like "du" is a combination of "de + le"

February 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/ikkiqyy

Thank you! Now I understand!

February 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/TopTenTiger

I am wondering the same thing. Confusing.

February 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/zhouhaha

I HAVE THE SAME QUESTION.

February 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/chengek

Where is the reference in this translation to "the" dresses. "Des robes" translates as "Dresses" not "The dresses." In the context of the verb "parle," the speaker talks "about dresses" but not "the dresses" since "the dresses" needs the definite article. My translation, therefore, was "Il parle des les robes" which apparently is wrong but does include the definite article. Obviously, I don't know the rule, so anyone who can explain is welcome and the help is appreciated.

February 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/emily.lehman

As I wrote earlier, in French you contract "de les" to "des."v Saying "des les" does not make sense in French. "Des" can mean both "some" and be a contraction of "de les."

February 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/TreLeans

So parler can mean "to speak" or "to talk about?"

February 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/maartenvg

Both. In this case it's "talking about", because there is an object. "He speaks/talks dresses" is not a valid sentence, it needs the "about".

February 13, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Joannanana

Would it be right to say, even without "sur"(about) ?

February 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/ellebombellen

'Il parle sur les robes' should be correct as well, right?

March 13, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/anyabones

I chose "Il parle des robes" and it said I missed "Il parle sur les robes" But I dont understand how that means the same thing.. doesn't sur mean under?

March 14, 2013
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