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"Comment ça va, les garçons ?"

February 24, 2013

22 Comments


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

why "les" is ignored here?


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

It isn't ignored; the thing is, in English language you express generalities wihtout any article, and in French you express generalities always using the definite article. Therefore, duolingo gives the correct translation for it. Hope this helps!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Joel-Iowan

so talking about generalities and specific(definite) stuff you use les and anything in between you use the indefinite articles, un/une/des?


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

I don't understand how writing "boys, how are you" is wrong???


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

It's not wrong. In order to help the website to check our translation easier, we should translate words in the same order.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kalman6

i do not hear the difference between "le garcon" and "les garcons" ; what about you?


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

Me too. I trip up on this every time its asked. there is no context to understand the plural, and to my ears it sounds singular. Anyone know how to tell?


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

you have to listen to the article. "le" sounds like "luh" and "les." sounds like "lay"


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

Thanks, that answers my question!


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

I didn't hear les.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Joel-Iowan

Can you say this without the comma?


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

I wrote, "How are things, boys" which I think is a reasonable translation, but it didn't like the "things".


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

What's wrong with "guys"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Joel-Iowan

I think elsewhere someone commented that guys is gars in french.


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

Help me understand where I went wrong. I wrote "How is it going, the boys?" It is wrong because I wrote THE...I do not understand why


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

It's not a grammatically correct English statement? You can't use a definite article to introduce a noun phrase in an interjection context in English.


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

I made this same mistake knowing that it was not correct in English, and wishing to see how the translation was properly done. So, my understanding is that same as you cannot omit the article "some (du/des)" before "bread (pain)" if you're saying "I eat bread (Je mange du pain)" you cannot omit the article "les" here. Is this a correct understanding of French grammar?


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

I answered "how are the boys?", which was deemed correct. But how do you differentiate that from "how are you boys?" in french, since the meaning is clearly not the same?


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

I say "how are you going" all the time. Still, I am wrong.


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

How is it going, boys? its a better translation than how are you, boys? right?

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