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"Il est français."

Translation:He is French.

February 22, 2014

178 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Monica154686

When do I write francais and francaise?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fatemeh902403

For female use française


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/peter889303

What if there is no female or male in that sentence?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Missylane421

Then just use the male version.


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

unfortunately your right


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ph.NjPtn6

Thanks that helped me


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saeedstar1224

نکته جالبی اشاره کردید


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/some_thing1212

Oh thanks i did not know that


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ph.WRc94t

Hey fatemeh902493 Please follow me Next Female in french - femme Ok Byee


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rachael743980

Francaise is for females while francias is for males


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ebele460722

You write francais for male and francaise for female


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/othd06

Masculine and feminine


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

What do u mean


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/morrigan9

francais = masculine, francaise = feminine


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

thank you, this helped so much!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Xfw2nLzh

would this be like fiance and fiancee in English?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Xfw2nLzh

Is the same as fiance and fiancee


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sakshi558372

Francais is used for masculine and francaise is used for feminine simple.


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

Francais is French language, francaise is French person


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

All languages are masculine. Otherwise refer to the gender prescribed.


[deactivated user]

    Not really. 'Pizza' is a feminine word in french. Everything in french is either feminine or masculine.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/j624
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    "Pizza" isn't a language. I think what EricaWelte is saying is that the words for languages, e.g. "Francais", "Anglais", are masculine. I don't know if that's accurate, but "Pizza" is unrelated.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/some_thing1212

    Give her some likes she did not do anything wrong


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deborah851066

    But the other choice was elle.... why can't it be she is french. It didn't say translate "He is French." It said "what word is missing?"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SamanthaMa708434

    Francais is the masculine term. It asked you to choose between Il and Elle because in order to speak the language properly, we need to be able to tell whether words are masculine or feminine. The proper use of elle would be "Elle est francaise" The e at the end makes it feminine


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

    I got caught up on thinking that est was the word that needed to be masculine or feminine. I figured it would be este if it was feminine, so I went with "Il" and got it right.

    After answering it, I wanted to make sure I really understood it and went to google translate to see what I'd get for "she is french". Still gave me "est". I kept changing it back and forth from "he is french" to "she is french" totally mind boggled as to how est could be correct in both, when the duolingo question only had "Il" and "Elle" as options. It wasn't till I came here to the forums that I realized it was "français" vs "française" that I should have been thinking about.

    I'm really glad they included a link directly to these questions. Being able to discus them with other people makes the learning process so much more robust.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Matt913214

    What word is missing was the exercise? Either are acceptable, right? il or elle the only two options


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ellap0180

    Yeah thats what i was trying to figure out


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

    Why is French, in French, not capitalized?


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

    Different languages have different capitalization and punctuation conventions. It's like asking why it's capitalized in English; it just is.


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

    You should check out German where ALL nouns are capitalized.


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

    Ah yes, but they don't capitalize the adjectives, even with regards to nationality. English is unique in the fact that they captialize nationality indicators (language, heritage, etc.), be they nouns or adjectives. German will only do so with the nouns. E.g.

    "He can speak French well" -> "Er kann auf Französisch gut sprechen."

    "He is a French musician." -> "Er ist ein französischer Musiker."

    Gotta love languages!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/arthur0703

    I agree with your last sentence :) I still can't fully understand why people dislike (sometimes hate) learning foreign languages. It's just so interesting and exciting... )) I think probably the problem is in the bad teachers who break the interest of learning. And it's unfortunately make me sad.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/emily978196

    I want to learn, but I believe that duolingo is truly worse than learning in a classroom setting. And before you ask, I have to do 5 a week, it's a grade at my language school.


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

    To anyone that is stuck Française is for Women and Français is for Men


    [deactivated user]

      Masculine and feminine


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

      I said "He is French" and got it right, then I see that an acceptable answer is "It is French"; this is why I can't seem to fully memorize the rules for using "il est" vs "c'est". :|


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

      Great resource! Thanks for posting the link.


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

      How do i know when to use est and es? I got this one wrong because i typed " Il es français."


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

      Im having trouble hearing the diffrence between "Est" "et" and "es". Is it more a matter if focusing on the noun? Like the female/male 'e' ending of a word?


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

      the word French here needs to be capitalized. In fact, in french, if French refers to a person (if it is a noun in the sentence), then it is capitalized. But if the word french is an adjective in the sentence, then it is not capitalized. Ex: Les Francais sont forts. Les hommes francais sont forts.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/K333222

      Yes, but here it is obviously not a noun; "français" is here an adjective. If it was a noun, then it would have been "C'est un Français" here, and not in any way "Il est Français". Therefore, "français" should not be capitalized here.


      [deactivated user]

        The french dont usually use capital letters so when the use français it doesnt have to be a capital letter?!


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

        Answer without capital letter shall be accepted I think: "he is french" or "He is french. Too much focus to english grammar and makes programm harder for non native english speaker. Boil up point comes because of english mistakes.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/arthur0703

        It's strange, I think Duolingo shouldn't be so strict with the rules of capitalizing on English in this case


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sachin473051

        Il est français as well as Elle est français both seems correct. What is wrong in selecting Elle


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

        why is it " he is French " not " she is French"


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ReeA712624

        Why does il est français correct and elle est français incorrect?


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

        Why il and not elle in this sentence?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kirill770026

        Il or Elle? Francais represents to Il p.s> capitalisation isnt big deal. but naming male Elle or fem Il - is. there're many things but u have to catch most major ;d that means if u dont miss with that ull be much better than u miss with capitalisation but pst Elle here :3


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

        It could also be Elle. Can't it????


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlexisLemo10

        I almost hit his but luckily I didn't


        [deactivated user]

          Ok everyone is confusing me now


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sunday811

          I put "He is French" and the answer was "He is French." And I got it wrong.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sunday811

          Why do we capitalize French but they don't capitalize francais/e?


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

          What about Elle est français. Meaning She is French.


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

          ok so, it gives you the option for 'she' or 'he' and i chose 'she' because it was a 'fill in the blank' question. and it said i was wrong. why?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JoshuaNeil11

          etre in the usage of il/elle is gender neutral, what is the difference


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/morrigan9

          Il is "he" and elle is "she"


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CZ5sS

          Unable to see choices or type answer


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

          The question asked which one was missing IL or ELLE and I thought you could do both so I clicked ELLE but it said I was wrong... how was I supposed to know?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Benjamn694556

          Are they both well?


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

          Thank you to everyone in this forum for clearing this up!


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rean71241

          Blah blah blah stop complaining and comenting about it


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

          then don't care about it


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rean71241

          Stooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooop


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LauraFigue250646

          What is the difference between es and est?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gail135084

          Difference between il and elle elle=she and il-=he but its not like that in two lessons


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

          Why cannot I respond in English from "Il est français" with "he is gay". Direct translation. Odd


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

          Having problems with ILS and ELLES at the beginning of sentences. Elle and Il is singular but get confused with ELLES- ILS plural. Merci


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

          CAN I JUST BE FREEEEeEEEEeeEEeeeEeeee? i want my dog back


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

          Why can't the blank be she?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jmae2808

          Where does it say I have to write "he"? It doesn't say...


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anona376997

          The question was _____ est francais. I put Elle instead of Il. Shouldn't they both be right?


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

          it is because french is different to English. Im not sure how to explain.


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

          when to use Il and Elle


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

          I mistakenly flagged this for being wrong.


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

          But why is my answer not right


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarieDesir11

          Ok but i can do bad at it


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

          I always had problem pronouncing 'est'. Tongue twister.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Xfw2nLzh

          Based on fill in the blank How is one supposed to know if you're referring to male or female? ---- est francais


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ThomasBrad622381

          i had the same problem


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ThomasBrad622381

          it came up with this --- est francais with the options of elle an il they both work


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LyricWilli19

          How do know when to use Il or Elle ?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ilovefrenc392520

          I just put he instead of she


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/UzmaSardar606

          I heard une instead of il...


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

          This is really stupid, because on duolingo when i hovered over the words, the translation was "it's french".


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

          Interesting comments, helps a lot.


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

          What’s the difference between c’est and il est ?? Don’t they have the same meaning??


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mrrogerrabbit13

          Why is the 'i' in 'il' so hard to distinguish it?


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

          How do I tell them apart UGH


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

          Thanks, that helped a lot!


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

          Its a little bit exausted


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

          Can't it be elle est francais


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

          Can't it be elle est francais


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ph.iH6StU

          What is the difference between une and un?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cynthiawan316509

          I dont understand why it is wrong when I say 'Il est anglaise


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deepikakul5

          I wrote the same thing but it is wrong.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/barmalini18

          what's wrong with "he's a frenchman"? I don't see anything wrong with it, It should be, as far as I can see, accepted as a correct translation


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ph.75s65H

          i love that app amazing


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

          I just used est on a sentence saying she is Spanish and it was wrong because i used est. So now i used es and it's wrong because i used es. Which do i use when!!!???


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aga683376

          I wrote it right but it marked it as wrong


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aga683376

          I wrote it right but it marked it as wrong. I wrote Il est français.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aaron883429

          Should it not be est-il francaise ? Literally meaning he is french??


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Royal683522

          Whaaaaaaaat? Shouldn't it be "He is French"?


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

          il est francais is not capital on the francais


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EDK-Learner

          Why is "it is French" an incorrect? Example: "What kind of bread is that? It is French." Since bread (le pain) is masculine, I would say "il est français."


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/eduardovil959698

          "It is French" is not accepted


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

          On one of the tests, it was Il vs Elle. I picked Elle and it was wrong so I want to know if there is a rule for that or if it was just guesswork?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/joshua572346

          Why isnt it elle est français


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kangu7

          There is a difference between the language and the people. So the french female person is francaise, but if a female person speaks French (language) it stays masculine - francais.

          Elle parle francais. Elle est francaise.

          Took me a few minutes till i figured it out as i had the same issue ;)


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/izyan157907

          thank you, was confused for a while


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DoubleAA-ron

          I know right il and elle would both make sense it can be elle est francais


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaliaJohns11

          I put Ell but it woudn't take it


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

          So when languages are used as adjectives in French you don’t capitalize them?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Matthew467

          the right answer is he is a horse


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nataliais12345

          I wrote Elle but how was I meant to know it was wrong it didn't say it or anything


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sugarymuffin28

          I did that to when I first went on duolingo!


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sugarymuffin28

          what is the difference between Il and l!!!!


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

          he is french like me bootya


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

          The new french female voice is fine, but please don't change the guy's voice! I love his accent!


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BraidenMil4

          chech my yt xx toxic beast xx


          [deactivated user]

            People are getting confused about why the french dont use that many capital letters and it is because they just dont want to


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

            what do you mean "gay"


            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ProvideMun1

            The voice it wasn't clear


            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ph.NjPtn6

            They dont pronounce it loudly


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

            DUOLINGO IS FKN BAD


            [deactivated user]

              Masculine and feminine


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rean71241

              It is he is a French man


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/16harry_walker08

              Sex ❤❤❤❤❤❤


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sugarymuffin28

              Lol........................I typed " a French man." :(


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IGas4hish_ezio

              what if i select elle instead of il.....because both gender use same est as is


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

              Might wanna explain a bit more?? i dunno saying 'nope not true' just doesn't seem very helpful :P

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