"No, I am sorry!"
Translation:Non, je suis désolé !
A minute ago, I typed for "I am sorry": Je suis désolée. I am female, so is the speaker. Yet, it was wrong and the correct answer was "Je suis désolé". So I think, ok, then there seems to be only one correct way of writing it. Now on this one, I only pick the top answer, and am yet again wrong - "Je suis désolée" is not wrong after all. This should be corrected.
It seems we've all the same discouraging experience with that. We're trying to do our best, just like if we were in school with this, and suddenly on the test is something we've never seen before, and it is marked wrong! It definitely should have been mentioned before. Maybe they get to it later...
The adjective accords with the subject. Here "je" is the subject, so it depends if a woman or a man is saying it. Let's pretend for a moment that English had masc and fem adjectives.
A man would say "I feel happy"
A woman would say "I feel happye"
But if we are talking about someone else then we would say
"he is happy / she is happye".
And for the plurals, "ils-elles" we would say "they are happys (masc) / they are happyes (fem)"
But watch out for irregular adjectives, there are exceptions to this rule.
Again, this is In the hypothetical situation that English had mas-fem and plural adj.
...or something like that, hehe. I hope it helps!
So if the subject of the sentence (in this case it is "je") is feminine, you add the extra "e". So if you're a woman and you want to write this sentence, you would write "desole" withe the extra "e". If you're a guy, you don't have to worry about it. Rule: Adjectives always agree with the gender and number of the noun. Ex. A group of girls are sorry... Elles sont désolées. Hope this helps. Feel free to ask more questions.
I have always been fairly quick with languages; however, the problems I encounter with French are always related to similar pronunciations for different spellings of gender specific words and conjugations. When I failed to recognize that there were two correct translations for this exercise, I didn't recall a thorough explanation. Oh well, if I already knew it, there would be no need to learn it.
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J'ai besoin de meilleure façon d'apprendre le français, et j'ai peut-être trouvé. Voici ce que j'ai trouvé: http://www.freetranslation.com/translate-english-french
"if you are gay (the traditional use of the word meaning happy) you are not sorry (which also means sad), eh?"
There are no rules of gender agreement that I know of in French or Spanish regarding sexual orientation, gender blending or any variations of the human form or experience except the basic male female. Neuter only applies to abstractions, as far as I know.
desolee is feminine and desole is masculine. Probably the problem. Not sure why. Maybe they just say masculine things when there is no significant source of telling if it masculine or feminine... Also, last time when I peeked at what sorry meant, it showed desole and pardon, so I typed in pardon. It marked it wrong! I am also going to report thing.... But overall Duolingo is awesome!
The accent grave "\" makes the sound of the vowel sharp as in "End". The accent acute "/" makes the vowel sound relaxed as in "Hey". Consider the sound of the "e" in Frere, Mere where the accent is "\" and Desole" where the accent is "/". Sorry I've no access to accents symbols.
Well, Sankt, Duo will allow some mistakes or typographical errors and not others. I hardly ever bother with accents, I know them and Duo allows me to miss them out but it does put a warning above my solution to "Pay Attention To The Accents". Surely it did this for your solution?
Yes, Cristal. He is sorry=Il est desole (with accents). She is sorry=Elle est desolee. However whenever the gender is not known, French defaults to masculine. The voice at the top of this page is male and the solution given is desole. Duo has the odd confusing flaw. I would have thought that after 3 years this one would have been sorted.
OK, this question is very puzzling so i was there for 20 minutes because that is the only question i did not answer so it just came up again and again, but after 20 guesses i came up with your have too pick two answers to pass the masculine and the feminine it was very confusing, also it put me back loads of points so hope that does not happen to you just look out for this scam