https://www.duolingo.com/TaylorGads

Le and La

Really what is the difference between these two words. They both mean the same thing, it is like a two spelling word and it means the same thing. Right?

September 6, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/Midnightwards666

Yes and no. They both translate to ''the'' indeed, but « le » is male: « le garçon », and « la » is female: « la fille ». For other nouns, only memorization will help you know the genders.

September 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/dancepointe
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Quick crash explanation to supplement Midnightwards666, who is absolutely right: grammatical gender has nothing to do with the noun itself EXCEPT in cases where the noun's gender is obvious: 'girl' or 'fille' is obviously feminine, and 'homme' or 'man' is obviously masculine. It's just a way of classifying nouns. In some languages, the verbs change based on the noun's grammatical gender, but in French this is not the case. Adjectives do change, however, and so do articles, depending on the noun's grammatical gender.

September 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Ronnie-JA

It means the same thing in English but not in French. Whilst the answers below are correct, it is easier to say that French requires you to understand the differences in noun gender and how this relates to adjectives and possessive nouns. When you become fluent in French you will realise that to think about these words as the same is fundamentally wrong.

September 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MiriamPitt5

le is for all male things. La is feminine. In

September 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/TaylorGads

So le is describing a man and la is describing a woman. It's related with genders.

September 15, 2017

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