"An American boy eats fries."
Translation:Un garçon américain mange des frites.
I don't agree, the stereotype form would be "American boys (in general) eat fries".
Une fille française mange des tartines de beurre et de confiture (bread, butter and jam)
une fille française mange des croissants et une fille allemande mange des bretzels ^^
"une tartine" is a slice of pain or brioche or any other basis you want, that you cover with all kinds of spreads. So it is very specific and bread in general is indeed bread.
It's really unfair that it doesn't count "pommes frites". In English fries and fried potatoes are the same.
Probably because you were trying to use 'nul' instead of 'Americain'... Otherwise It should be the same, I guess.
Can I please have the rules regarding, 'des,' explained ? I thought 'de' was used here, because it came after the subject and verb. Would it be used if the sentence was, 'An American boy eats a lot of fries,' correct ? As in, '…mange beaucoup de frites,' ? I'm slightly lost as to when the rules of 'de' apply. Thanks
Be my guest...
"des" can be 2 distinct things:
- indefinite article, plural of "un" or "une": une frite -> des frites
-- replaced by "de" (preposition) in front of an adjective: une petite frite - de petites frites
-- dropped in phrases expressing quantity and containing preposition "de": un peu de frites, beaucoup de frites, moins de frites, plus de frites, énormément de frites...
-- dropped in "noun of noun" constructions (noun adjuncts) expressing content or material: un cornet de frites (paper cone of fries), une feuille de papier (sheet of paper)...
- contracted definite article, contracted from preposition "de" + definite article "les" (de+les) and plural of du (= de+le) or de la: la couleur de la frite -> la couleur des frites (= the color of the fries)
What dictates whether the adjective goes before or after the noun?
How do you know when to put the adjective before and after the noun? In this example it is after but in "les filles ont les derniers jupes" the adjective "last" comes before "skirts"