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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RogerButler

Why "je suis petit" rather than "je suis petite?" when spoken by a woman?

Why would a woman saying she is small be written as "je suis petit" rather than "je suis petite?"

August 13, 2017

9 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fayke

She wouldn't.
This extends to anything that is feminine in French.
If you are talking about a table (feminine in French), you say: Elle est petite.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeeBrownst1

Duolingo doesn't match the gender of adjectives, as applied to first-person subjects, to the sex of the speaking voice. This is misleading and hinders learning. It ought to be corrected.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/garpike

Duolingo manages to match the gender of 1P subjects with the correct voice in Hebrew; I don't see why it shouldn't be able to do so in French.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PolyglotPearl

Did duolingo say this? Because as far as I know she would say 'je suis petite'.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jaw1605

Maybe it was an error. In French a woman would say "Je suis petite".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DovahFerret

If that actually happened, it was probably just an oversight on Duolingo's part.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MiriamPitt5

petite is feminine. A lot of words that are feminine end with an 'e'.

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