https://www.duolingo.com/djforsythe

"Ce livre est nul."

March 5, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/evelim1972

what is the difference of "ce" and "cet", why not "cet" here?

April 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/dhMuse
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"Cet" is used with masculine nouns that begin with a vowel.

April 28, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/djforsythe

I always thought "nul" could mean "lame." Is that wrong?

March 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/pjbf1979
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It's not, except that "lame" is considered offensive by some.

April 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/northernguy
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pjbf1979..good point.

I think lame is a little more negative than useless. A mathematics book may be useless to someone looking to save someone's life but a lame book is useless, or worse, for anyone.

April 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/aurelienche

You're right. In fact, I think that for this sentence, “lame” would be more appropriate. Translate “useless” as « nul » when it refers to a person; for a book, it would be « inutile ».

March 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/djforsythe

Cool, thanks, I was worried I'd been using it wrong for a long time! And thanks for the additional usages!

March 5, 2013

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This book is nothing??

May 1, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Tina_Li

I guess 'This book sucks' is too strong and offensive...

May 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/chemacasado

It is

June 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/robodesign

I think ... this should translate also as: this book is nothing .... or zero; useless is "inutile".

June 28, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/heartlandexpat

I feel like 'nul' doesn't translate well... It's a word I've just internalised and upon having to translate here I got kind of a deer in the headlights feeling until I hovered it, and then I felt dissatisfied. Am I right in this, or have I just always understood it wrong?

July 11, 2013
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