"He has a bear."

Translation:Il a un ours.

February 26, 2013



Who in the world has a bear? Look out, weirdo guy

May 26, 2015


What about a teddy bear (vs a plush rabbit)?

May 26, 2015


When do you use 'y' in a sentence? Like, 'Il y a un ours' because I swear doulingo taught me that :S

August 28, 2014


"Y" has different usages that you will come across later.

For now, note that "il y a" is a phrase meaning "there is" or "there are", and "y" means "there"

August 29, 2014


So "il y a un ours" literally translates to "he there has a bear"? And if so, why use the "il"?

May 8, 2017


Remember: "il" can translate to "he" or "it" and it can be a real subject representing someone or something masculine, or it can be impersonal.

  • "il y a" is fixed and means "there is" or "there are". This "il" is impersonal
  • "il pleut" = it is raining. Both "il" and "it" are impersonal
  • "il faut" = it is necessary. Both "il" and "it" are impersonal
May 8, 2017


Wait a moment... I used ours in a plural sentence, as in the bears. How can this be singular then?

November 11, 2013


un ours - des ours

une ourse - des ourses

November 11, 2013


The singular and plural forms are pronounced the same right?

February 6, 2014


All of them are pronounced the same: OORS

February 6, 2014


Are pet bears common in France?!

March 18, 2018


how can you tell that this is a male bear

June 6, 2013


Male bear = ours , female bear = ourse

February 11, 2014


I chose ours and it said to use ourse. Ourse is feminine no?

May 15, 2017


Yes, "une ourse" is a female bear.

May 16, 2017


I don't recall learning the word baissier. Just another word for bear? What are the connotations?

September 9, 2017


"baissier/baissière" is an adjective which means "bearish" and as you can guess, it is only used by stock exchange pros or punters.

September 9, 2017


...And that is the correct word to use in the translation for "he has a bear"? Using baissier wouldn't make the sentence awkward and translate to "he has a bearish"? I would have thought ours would have been the best word for this translation.

September 11, 2017


You are learning basic vocabulary in this course, especially in early lessons. This lesson is about animals, not financial jargon. "un ours" is a bear, there is no trick here.

Again "baissier/bearish" is an adjective you could find in such a sentence in a financial context:

"The weekly chart shows a strong bearish trend " = Le graphique hebdomadaire montre une forte tendance baissière.

September 12, 2017


Maybe you have misunderstood why I asked about the word baissier in the first place. I was given the translation problem "he has a bear". I failed to correctly translate it the first time so Duolingo told me the correct answer was "il a un baissier". I had never seen this word before. It sounds like it can be both a noun and an adjective, and in this case would have been used as a noun.

And it is interesting to hear about its use as an adjective in financial contexts, but I was only curious about how I was supposed to know this word and why it was suggested instead of ours which I thought would fit better.

September 12, 2017


Duolingo can be unpredictable sometimes. By no means has "baissier" (again, an adjective only, derived from "une baisse" = a decrease/decline/reduction) ever been listed as a correct translation for "un ours" by the team in charge of the course content.

However, I saw that it was on the hint list and I have to assume that a silly algorithm was at work and proposed any word from the list as a possible synonym for "ours". Therefore, I removed "baissier" from the hints, so that it does not happen again. Thanks for your report.

September 13, 2017


It is still requiring baissier in the answer

January 26, 2018


I got a screenshot with two right answers, both marked as my answer right answer, but i go it wrong...

April 20, 2018


Can you post your screenshot here?

April 21, 2018


Too bad it doesn't tell you the gender when you "peek"...

February 26, 2013


please note that the female bear is "une ourse"

February 26, 2013


Why does this have a 1(one)? "He has a bear." Would only accept this as the answer "Il a 1 ours."

February 23, 2018


I switched a and un :-(

April 26, 2018


This is nice for me

June 7, 2018


Reference to Putin?

July 23, 2018


Do this is where the name ursa coming from? Oursa?

August 31, 2018
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