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La pomme et le livre

I am so confused. Why we used La for pomme and le for livre?

I know that we use La to point for a guy and Le for a female. But for things, why apple point as La, and book point as Le?

November 13, 2017



Le is masculine and La is feminine.

Grammatical gender is entirely separate from the social construct of gender. For example a book is not masculine just because it uses le so there isn't really a way to tell exept my memorises the words and some rules

Here is an article including some advice on this subject and some of the rules: https://frenchtogether.com/french-nouns-gender/

Good Luck with your French studies

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I assume you are using a phone where you don't have access to Tools and Tips. If you do have access to Tools and Tips, I suggest you read them.

Otherwise, a good reference would be at:


Basically, many Indo-European languages (French included) use genders for ALL nouns (animals, things and ideas included). In these languages, the articles agree with the gender and number of the noun. BTW, you got them reversed. LA = feminine, LE = masculine. HTH, Daniel.



Welcome to Duolingo.

In Duolingo you will find the explanation in the grammar "Tips and notes" in the "Desktop mode" of the browser of your phone/tablet/Pc.

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  • just click on the Skill and scroll to the bottom of the Lessons page.

  • "le" and "la" are explained in the Lesson page of the skill Basics 1

French has two grammatical genders: masculine and feminine. All nouns have a gender that you must memorize.

.... and here are the links to other useful grammar explanations in Duolingo:

Good luck.


Hello Nadiliya, It is "la" for female and "le" for male ;) In french we have gender for the things, not like in english with "an apple". In french "pomme" is a feminine word, and "livre" is a masculine word. You will need to learn genders with vocabulary. But keep cool, when somebody speaks a good french with "le livre", french people understand the little mistake ;) good learning!


Le is masculine and La is feminine. French is complicated cause you just gotta know which gender (feminine and masculine) it is. Sometimes it's mixed up. You just gotta know when to switch it. Hoped it helped ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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