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"Comment ça va, les garçons ?"

February 24, 2013

22 Comments


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

why "les" is ignored here?

March 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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!

March 27, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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?

April 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/aakamban

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

February 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

February 28, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/kalman6

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

March 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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?

March 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/cmcrissy

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

March 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/llgatlin

Thanks, that answers my question!

March 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/choung
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I didn't hear les.

May 8, 2013

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

Can you say this without the comma?

March 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/francisdavey

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

March 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/wineforparis

What's wrong with "guys"?

March 21, 2013

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

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

March 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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

March 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

March 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/BluJai

Merci

March 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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?

March 24, 2013

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

April 1, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/lannheday

Agreed!

April 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Catalpa

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

April 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/axisdelasal

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

April 11, 2013
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