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

"He talks about the dresses."

February 12, 2013

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

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


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


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

Thank you! Now I understand!


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

I am wondering the same thing. Confusing.


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

I HAVE THE SAME QUESTION.


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


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


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

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


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


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

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


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

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


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

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