A curious shortcoming in French (which is so fussy about the gender of nouns) is that the gender of posessive pronouns is often undefined. 'Ses joues étaient rouge.' His cheeks or her cheeks? Would a native French speaker tend to avoid this ambiguity by saying 'Il / elle avait les joues rouges' instead, or is it usual to leave the hearer to guess from context as in DL's question?
If the sentence is isolated "Il/elle avait les joues rouges" would be much clearer. But if we're talking about a woman, it's not necessary because of the context. Or, like I said in the comment below, you can use the verb "rougir". Quand on rougit, ce sont les joues qui rougissent surtout.
You can do it, but it'd sound like you're performing in a 17th century drama (or just reading a literature text).
Etaient is for the plural, etait would be singular. Had he been slapped, then "sa joue etait rouge".
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There's nothing stupid about your question, even though you realised you already had the answer behind some brain fog.
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That would be "leurs joues étaient rouges". So ''leurs' instead of 'ses'. ses is for third person singular (his/her). Here it is 'ses' instead of 'son' because 'joues' is plural.
Why is it "ses" and not "les." I thought you didn't use possessive adjectives with body parts.
Yes, when there's a personal pronoun: Elle a les joues rouges. Actually, we say "Elle avait les joues rouges" more often than "Ses joues étaient rouges". There's the verb "rougir" too : Elle avait rougi.
Hi I'm confused because on my profile it says I'm 45% fluent but its been saying that for over a month now... Why am I not getting better at all?!?
Because Duo keeps track of all the words you have learned and how long it has been since you have seen those words in an exercise. At some point, the algorithm kicks in that says you have words that need to be refreshed, even if you absolutely know what they are and how to use them correctly. So you have to keep refreshing just to stay in one place.
So...I said "his cheeks," and it tells me it has to be "her cheeks" -- what clue did I miss to tell me this would have to be a woman?
The given sentence may be either "his" or "her". You're using the app version, right? Often the exercises that have you move little word tiles are limited to a single answer and do not account for other valid responses.
Where is the difference, when listening, between "Ses joues étaient rouges", and "ce joue était rouge"? Isn't it rather impossible to tell out of context?
I may be wrong, but if it's 'Ce jouet était" then it won't elision so you should hear 'joue(t) était' rather than 'jou(es)étaient'??? I'm puzzled, too. Somebody, help!
there are no words to select from and it is impossible to write yourself, does not work