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  5. "Il porte un manteau large."

"Il porte un manteau large."

Translation:He wears a large coat.

March 5, 2013



Why is "He carries a large coat" wrong? Porte does mean to wear/carry, right?



You are right, it depends on context.


I thought that adjectives which describe size come before the noun eg. 'je suis un petit garçon' . So, how come 'large' comes after manteau ?


That is right and in this case, "un large manteau" and "un manteau large" would be acceptable since the nuance between the two is very very thin.

In my view, "un large manteau" was designed to be loose in fit, while "un manteau large" is probably a couple of sizes too big for the person wearing it.


Thanks, a subtle difference indeed! Your input on Duo is always apprecitated.


Beauty, Age, Goodness, Size is a shorthand method of classifying adjectives for positioning in a sentence.

Subjective/ figurative adjectives go in front of the noun they modify. Objective/ literal adjectives follow the noun they modify. Using the B.A.G.S. convention simplifies determining whether a particular adjective is regarded as subjective or objective given that adjectives are subjective by their nature.

As Sitesurf points out pants that are appear loose fitting by nature would be subjectively large whereas comparing extra, extra large size pants to your normal medium size would be placing large in an objective condition. I don't like these subjectively large pants because they are unflattering. I don't like those objectively large pants because they keep falling down when I wear them.

In ordinary French conversation no one will call you out and ask ...Do you mean you really, really believe those pants are large or are you certain that they are?...However there is a common practice with regard to adjective placement which you may be expected to express on an exam or resume etc.


"Un large manteau" is not accepted.


"He carries a large coat." should be accepted.


Since Duo considers carry to be an unsuitable translation for porte in this context what would be an alternative French commonplace word to refer someone to actually carry a large coat.

I mean Duo's correction refers to do not confuse wear and carry as if there would be a more likely word for carry, and that wear is the most likely use one would expect for porte.


When you see the word "porter" with a piece of clothing as an object, the most probable is that it is about "wearing". Of course you can carry a coat, folded on your arm or just held by hand, but really that is far fetched I think.


The weather must be a little nicer where you are.

I have all my jackets modified so I can carry a hat and/or gloves with me at all times. For about half the year I wear a backpack so I can carry outerwear in it. I always carry a snowmobile suit and bush boots in my car (it's part of what is called a blizzard bucket) in case I get immobilized in sudden extreme weather.

I spend more time thinking about what clothes I am going to carry and how I'm going to do it than I do thinking about what I'm going to actually wear.

But I take your point, most people don't have to spend much time worrying about the most convenient way to carry items of clothing.


Precisely, context is what makes the difference. In your story, almost every time the verb "carry" is used, I would translate "emporter" (bring with me) or diversify (to avoid repetitions) with "transporter" (in the car) or "prévoir" (plan for).


Right. Thanks.


Does French "large" instead of "grand" suggest the coat is broad?


it means that the coat is a bit oversized, if that can help, while "grand" rather means that it goes down under his knees.


F.W.I.W. three dictionaries place wear third or fourth in a list of definitions for porter. (Carry is first)

Goorgle translates graphs the usage as being equal between carry and wear. (presumably they are measuring the web) I don't have too much confidence in their translating ability but I imagine Google's web metrics are the best there is.


In a similar sentence where Duolingo has me translating English into French, "baggy" becomes large, but large isn't permitted to become "baggy" when going the other way

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