"It is in the center of the village."

Translation:Elle est au centre du village.

November 11, 2017

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Why isn't "Il est au centre du village" accepted? Why does it need to be "Elle?" Also, would "C'est au centre du village" not work?


Minor omissions. "Il est" and "C'est" all work in the translation and are now accepted.

Sorry. Sometimes when small edits are made in one part, some errors propagate down the line. Such is the world of computers and coding.


what about the second part of his/her question? Is 'au centre' acceptable? I hesitated between the two, and I know "au centreville" is used.


"Centre-ville" is more specific, and it's in the city, not in a village. "Au centre du village" is correct.


Is there a way for duo to include the article (le, la) in the drop down translations? I used "de la village" as I didn't know whether it was masculine or feminine. This site has recommended that we learn the gender with the word but its really hard to do if the translation doesn't show it.


The gender of a noun shows up at the bottom of the hover hints. Both in the exercise and in this sentence discussion. See below. Does it not show up for you?

Edited to amend: It doesn't show up in the reverse exercise. So you do have a point. Duly noted.


I used C'est dans le centre du village and it was accepted but after looking at what the correct translation was I am worried that isn't correct. Can someone tell me if my translation is wrong and if so why?


"Dans le centre..." is fine, but it gives the idea of actually being "inside" an enclosed location as opposed to just being there, which is expressed with "au centre".


could it be dans la(or le) centre? or dans with the centre will be always wrong?


"Dans le centre..." is fine and accepted, but it gives the idea of actually being "inside" a location as opposed to just being there. "Au centre" is more common.


Why is it that the preceding exercise said translate this into English: C'est au centre du ville." and I translated into English as It is in the center of the village and I was marked correct; but When I translated this as "Elle est au centre du ville." I am wrong. How does "she" make it imperative that village must be village. On other occasions Duo translated Village as town but when I translate town as village I am wrong.


"C'est au centre du ville" is absolutely incorrect, so that cannot be the exercise that you saw.

The following translations are consistent in the French course:

  • ville (f) ↔ city, town
  • village (m) ↔ village


I see I needed to put "au" instead of "a" (imagine the accent), but how does "plein" in front of "centre" make sense?


The adverb "en plein" means "in the middle of", whether place, time, situation, etc. For example, "en plein hiver" is "(smack dab) in the middle of winter". "En plein match" means "in the middle of the game."


I got the French version first and translated the pronoun as "she" rather than "it", and it was marked wrong. Is there an actual grammatical reason that would be wrong, or is it just a Duolingo omission?


The translation with "she" has been accepted and listed in our database for at least three years. Could you perhaps share the type of exercise you were presented and the platform you used (web or phone) so we can investigate if it's a bug? Sometimes word tile exercises, for example, would act up. Thank you.


Sure. I got the sentence "Elle est au centre du village" to translate into English, as a typing exercise. On my laptop, using Chrome's most recent update as of 6/2/18, possibly in incognito mode. I can't remember for sure. It was definitely typing rather than the word tile because I usually keep those turned off when I'm using the web version.


Why do both "Il/Elle" and "C'est" work here? Usually it is one or the other, and this looks like a modified noun ("au" = "à" + "le" "centre"), suggesting "c'est".

And what about "au" vs. "dans le"?


"Au centre" is not a modifier + noun, but a prepositional phrase. Any subject works with prepositions.


It is misleading because it was not required: "she" is in the center but "it "

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