"We are good."
Translation:Nous sommes bons.
In this answer, both 'bons' and 'bonnes' should be acceptable I feel because 'Nous' is gender-ambiguous in this case.
Quoting from what northernguy wrote below:
"In French, if groups are all masculine or mixed masculine and feminine then the masculine is used. If the group is known to be all feminine then the feminine is used. In a room full of women if even one man is present then the masculine form is required."
I really struggle with "bien" and "bon".....is there a simple way to remember which is the appropriate one to use ?
EG: for this translation I incorrectly wrote " Nous sommes biens".
Thanks to your posting here I now know "bien" is invariable, but I could apparently have used "bons".
Thank you advance for any help you can offer!
"Bon, bonne, bons, bonnes" is an adjective.
"Bien" is an invariable adverb (no feminine, no plural).
When "bien" is used as an adjective, with the verb "être", its meaning is different from that of "bon(ne)(s)".
- Je suis bon, je suis bon en maths = I am good, I am good at maths
- Je suis bien, je me sens bien = I am comfortable, I feel good
- C'est un homme bon = he is a good man, with a good heart
- C'est un homme bien = he is a decent man, with moral values.
Thanks for your help & support Sitesurf :]
Whilst studying French I have discovered that my UK grammar school education failed to teach me grammar terminology, so on top of french, I am having to learn what an adverb/verb/noun etc are, groan! It is probably very good for my ageing brain to have to work so hard ;}
Both are correct. In French, particularly while speaking, "On" is used to replace "Nous". The tricky part comes when conjugating the verbs. In this case, the verb is "etre". When using "On", you always use the "il/elle" form of the conjugation. So, in this case "On est" = "Nous sommes". You can apply the same priniciple to all other verbs too.
"nos" means "our", so a possessive adjective and not a personal pronoun. so, "we" = nous
in addition, you used the conjugation of 3rd person plural (ils/elles = they) instead of 1st person plural.
je suis, tu es, il/elle/on est, nous sommes, vous êtes (polite singular and plural), ils/elles sont
Just a little detail: even if "on" can be used as a plural as shown above, you cannot use it in feminine singular. So, if "on" is a woman, you will not use any agreement in feminine.
The reason is that the singular "on" is meant to be vague and neutral, hence the 'masculine by default'. If you mean that this "person" is a woman, you will naturally get away from "on" and go back to "she".