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When to not use the articles?

In the second lesson, I've noticed these phrases:

"Adieu, les garcons!" and, "Bonjour, les filles!"

I guess I've never seen these uses before and it comes off awkward to me. Is there a specific explanation for this basic concept? More examples like these?

June 27, 2012

5 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/1km

We tend to drop the definite article in English. It may sound awkward in this particular context, but what about: "Say goodbye to the girls, before you leave." "Goodbye [the] girls".

June 27, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/soundray

Individual addresses containing the article sound similarly alien to me, but are also correct: "monsieur le professeur", "madame le docteur".

June 27, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/yojoedave2002

This is a bit complicated. Try the french.about.com article --> http://french.about.com/library/weekly/aa082401.htm

June 27, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/edoscriblitas

It may not sound very correct when directly translated in to English, but it's definitely right in French.

June 27, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/poken1151

So does that mean, in the context of say a movie with a mean father, he could walk in and say "Adieu le garcon" would be "Good bye boy"?

June 28, 2012
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