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"Big girls eat vegetables."

February 18, 2013

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Why isn't the "peculiar" french rule used here for de vs. des? I.e. I wrote... De grandes filles mangent des legumes ... I was following the peculiar rule when there is an adjective before a plural noun. So why is it "des"?
Is it because the adjective is plural and thus the rule no longer applies?

June 24, 2013

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Why is the 'des' at the beginning necessary?

February 18, 2013

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Because the singular of this sentence is "une grande fille..." and in French, "une" has a plural form which is "des".

February 19, 2013

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But you did say that "des" become "de" when it comes before an adjective?

2013.07.07

July 7, 2013

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yes, so "de grandes filles".

anyway, the French translation provided by Duo is wrong in my opinion because it is a general statement (universal truth), the kind of sentence you tell your 4 yo daughter to convince her to eat vegetables, so it should be constructed with a definite article to express that generality:

Les grandes filles mangent des légumes.

July 8, 2013

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Why can one not use les legumes, why must one use des?

May 14, 2013

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"les légumes" would translate "the vegetables".

singular in French is "un légume" (one), plural "des légumes" (in English, a/an has no plural form)

May 15, 2013

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I wrote "Les grandes filles mangent des légumes." & got it right!

June 20, 2013

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"Tall" means "Grand(e(s))". "Big" is for "Gros(se(s))".

July 6, 2013
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