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"Hello boys!"

February 18, 2013

8 Comments


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why the les?

February 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

In French, generalities use the definite article.

February 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/annshoshkes

what is a generality?

March 7, 2013

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it is when you mean something collective, valid for a whole group of people or things, like "men are strong", which means "in general, men are strong".

March 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Wonderclover

Why can't you use des instead of les? I mean there's no the before the boys?

February 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Scherz

I THINK it's because you're referring to the entirety of the group of boys you are addressing, and not just some of them. Could be totally wrong though.

March 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Jackie.Bowers

Even if you're talking to the boys, you'd still say LES garcons?

March 13, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

THE = LES

March 13, 2013
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