"I write a letter."
Translation:J'écris une lettre.
You have to use a contraction. Kind of how we use don't for "do not." So, in French you never have to vowels next to each other for separate words. So instead of Je ecris, you say J'ecris. It's also easier to say. Having to pronounce both vowels creates more effort and breaks the phrase
This is funny... I made a mistake writing "L'ecris un lettre." and it corrected me that it should be "une" because 'Lettre' is feminine (what?) but didn't correct me on the "J'ecris"
It is very similar to Spanish everything has a sex: una carta- une lettre vs un libro- le livre
It assumed l'ecris was a typo. Un vs une is most likely a mistake. I dont know how i got this wrong when i was just writing la lettre over and over.
If the verb begins with a vowel, you should use j with an apostrophe rather than 'je'. Example :
J'écris une lettre.
How do you tell when you are suppost to use; une, or un? because im having trouble remembering.
its all part of memorization, un is used for masculine objects, une is used for feminine objects. there's no specific way (that I'm aware of) to remember whats masculine or feminine
Is it common in spoken French to not link the final "s" of "ecris" with "une"?
Most objects that end with an "e" in french are feminine (i.e. une table, une lettre...) but it's not the law. Like english, there are many unexplainable exceptions. Any french dictionary will tell you the 'gender' of every object. For grammar, look for a book called La Becherelle. It has been the Bible for french immersion for decades, and has every single verb and tense in the french language. :)
I love saying this sentence, even though I probably won't be saying it too much. It sounds cool. (:
how do i know if something is feminine or not, because i know in spanish if it ends with an a, its feminine, but if it ends in an o it masculine, so is there something like that for french or?
u should learn them.....but most of the words that end with (e) are feminine....^_^
katgold- Wrong, it's only a hint and you shouldn't stick on this because it isn't a rule. In Spanish many words finishing in A are masculine and the same for words finishing in o. problema is masculine and it finishshes in A. In French some learners say thet nouns finishing by E are feminine, sometimes true, sometimes wrong. le gendre / the son-in-law. le membre/ the member. plasma, masculine. And many more.
cuz lettre is feminine and we use une not un.....un means a but for masculine.^_^
I don't understand how J'ecris une lettre is feminine. Could someone please explain?
lily- je écris is a big mistake. It doesn't exists. j'écris, is the contraction of je écris (which is an error). when 2 voyels are following one and other, you use the apostrofe, to make the pronounciation easier.
juliana- écrivant exists but not j'écrivant. It's a present participle and youy can use it with another verb to show that you,re doing the action at this very moment. Je mange en écrivant une lettre. I eat while I'm writing a letter.
How do you tell when to put an é versus a normal e? and what is the difference between them?
You don't "add" accents, the accents come as they are with words. Best to think of e and é as different letters.
liranlol, the difference is the pronounciation. É is like He in English without H. E is like the E in garage
why is livre masculine and lettre feminine? is there any reasoning behind it?
candentlion- there's no specific reason, you have to learn a new word with the appropriate article. It's the same for natives, there's no rule. Livre can also be feminine but in that case it means : a pound, une livre. money or une livre for weight.
Does "lettre" refer to the symbol (such as A, B, or C), or to a document addressed to someone, or both?
The word lettre is feminine so it needs une. Un is for a masculine word like livre.
The best advice I can offer is to get a piece of paper and 2 different color markers or colored pencils. On one side in one color list masculine words with their articles and on the other in a different color list feminine words with their articles. Add more as you learn more and refer back to them. After awhile you'll know which are which. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to why something is masculine or feminine. You just have to learn them.
It may seem like a lot now but trust me it will get easier. Just hang in there and don't give up. I was there too.
How am I supposed to know what sex or gender objects are. How do I know a book is masculine and a letter feminine?
One big question...when do we use un and when do we use une?how can i make difference between and know when should i use each of them???
I am using an android and the kwyboard doesn't come up with accents, but the program wants me to use them. Does anyone know how to get accents to appeae as options?
What i noticed was that je ecris is wrong it is j'ecris the same thing with i like it j'ecris
It tood me think pay attention to the gender. Im only 10 people and ik learning this. Its so confusing but ive memorized most of this.
Haha! I wrote "J'ecris un lettre." Duo said "'une' is feminine, not masculine," but he still marked me as correct. XD