https://www.duolingo.com/Yonatan1001

What is the diffrent between: elles sont calme--Ils sont calme ?

Is there any diffrent ? or this is the same(only the elles and IIs are not the same)?

August 7, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/garpike

'Elles' specifies that the entire group is female; 'ils' can be both all-male or a mixed group.

August 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Yonatan1001

ok..the translate is: elles sont calme- They(female)are calm? ils sont calm- They are calm ?

August 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike

I think 'calme' (with an 'e') is the correct form for masculine as well as feminine agreement; it doesn't change with gender (but it will become 'calmes' in the plural, so both of these should be 'calmes', not 'calme').

August 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Prenom.Pierre

Garpike, you are absolutely right.

Elles (mes petites sœurs) sont calmes.

Ils (mes petits frères )sont calmes.

August 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Yonatan1001

yeah u right haha i forgot it..english is calm and French is calme. ty

August 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/pentaan

Hi Yonatan,

Welcome to Duolingo.

In Duolingo you will find the explanation in the grammar "Tips and notes" in the "Desktop mode" of the browser of your phone/tablet/Pc.

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  • just click on the Skill and scroll to the bottom of the Lessons page.
  • The difference between "Elles" and "Ils" is explained in Skil "Basics 2"
    https://www.duolingo.com/skill/fr/Basics-2

. They (any group including a male): ils (Ils parlent. — They speak)
. They (all women): elles (Elles parlent. — They speak)


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August 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglotPearl

'Elles' means the group is completely female, whereas 'ils' means the group has at least one male - so even if the group has ten women and one man, they would be 'ils'. I hope this makes sense!

August 7, 2017
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