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"Il est français."

Translation:He is French.

February 22, 2014

132 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/othd06

Masculine and feminine


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

francais = masculine, francaise = feminine


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

thank you, this helped so much!


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

Francais is French language, francaise is French person


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

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

    "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/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.


    [deactivated user]

      Because the french don't use capital letters


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

      That is a question


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lainey831013

      I know and I'm like WAT da flip


      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/palickus_

        Whats the difference between est and es?


        [deactivated user]

          The difference between est and es is that est means is and es means are!!


          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/savanna152433

          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/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/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/Jilly943614

            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/EllianaRuf

            when to use Il and Elle


            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RebeccaCha100436

            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/Angelina676758

            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/Royal683522

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


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

            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/FAT_CAT_16339

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


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

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


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

            the right answer is he is a horse


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

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


            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/shedonne

            Why il and not elle in this sentence?


            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/JeppeSikor

            DUOLINGO IS FKN BAD


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

            chech my yt xx toxic beast xx


            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/WillHebele

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


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

              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/ruby.sophiaa

              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?


              [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


                [deactivated user]

                  Masculine and feminine


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

                  Sex ❤❤❤❤❤❤


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

                  It is he is a French man


                  https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ashishsing862495

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


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

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

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