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Vous êtes des jeunes garçons vs. Vous êtes de jeunes garçons.

DL asked me to translate "You are young boys", and I chose one option only: - Vous êtes des jeunes garçons It told me I was wrong, and that I missed out this other one: - Vous êtes de jeunes garçons In my very little knowledge of a lvl 7 DL-er, this second sentence sounds wrong... shouldn't the "de" agree with the noun (garçons)? Merci!

June 20, 2012

5 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/gregsyuk1

It's a quirk of the french language. If an adjective comes BEFORE a noun "des" becomes "de" This rule only applies if the adjective comes before the noun:

Nous sommes de jeunes filles NOT nous sommes des jeunes filles

BUT

Nous sommes des filles fatiguées NOT nous sommes de filles fatguées.

June 20, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/pkm2232

Generally, beauty, age, goodness, and number adjectives come before their nouns, but the vast majority come after.

June 21, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/mubels

add size to the beauty, age, goodness memory aid. BAGS

June 21, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/konikun

Maarek, check out this question on the Adjectives 1 topic! It might help! http://duolingo.com/#/comment/10740

June 21, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/konikun

Et merci to all of you :)

June 21, 2012
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