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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

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


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

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


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

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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"?

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