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"The bear eats an apple."

Translation:L'ours mange une pomme.

March 10, 2013



It corrects "Le ours" to "L'ours" -- duh, must remember to always contract -- but with the admonition, "Pay attention to the gender". What does the gender have to do with anything here? The contraction loses gender.


you're right, Duo warnings are not always accurate.


Regarding the definite articles "le" or "la" the significance of gender is lost. However, you still have to pay attention to gender if you want to add an adjective or a relative pronoun later on.


But it specifically stated the bear singular! Not plural


Sure, but "ours" already has an -s in singular (and audible)


yeah, le ours=L'ours, it is the attribution instead of gender stuff.


I don't know what you mean by "attribution".

anyhow, l'ours is le + ours (masculine) but le is elided (drop the e and replace it by an apostrophe), to ease translation whenever the noun starts with a vowel or a non-aspired H:

  • le chien - l'ours (masculine)

  • la chienne - l'ourse (feminine)

  • l'honneur (masc) - l'huile (fem)


Duolingo needs to teach us and be more specific with the fem and masc articles.


Haven't you found the "Tips&Notes" at the bottom of each Skill main page?


The tips & notes are only visible on the website. If you're one of the thousands of people utilizing the mobile apps on phone or ipad, it doesn't give you the option to view the notes.

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Another good reason to use the web version.


How come the "s" in "ours" is audible? The last consonant without being followed by a vowel shouldn't be spelled! Am I wrong here?

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It is one of many exceptions to the rule you will find. I.e., that's just the way it is. http://www.larousse.fr/dictionnaires-prononciation/francais/ours/003795


I have yet to figure out when it is appropriate to contract. It gets me every time.

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If the noun begins with a vowel (or a vowel sound), you must contract the definite article:

  • l'homme (m) : contraction is required because homme starts with a vowel sound.
  • l'araignée (f) : contraction is required because araignée starts with a vowel.
  • la pomme (f) : no contraction (ever)
  • le pain (m) : no contraction (ever)


So the plural of bear (ours) is bears (ours)?


Yes, "un/l'ours, des/les ours".

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