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"Hello boys!"

February 18, 2013

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

In French, generalities use the definite article.


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

what is a generality?


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

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".


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

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


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


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

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

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