I filled in the last word as "soupe" and they counted it wrong. How do I tell that they are eating chicken and not soup?
Soup and banana are femenine therefore you can't use "du" (a contraction for "de le") whith them.
For soup it would have to be: " de la soup". So, the correct answer is the only masculine word "poulet".
Thankyou very much for a clear succinct explanation. It would be nice to see similar explantions for every exercise in order to absorb the grammar and the usual French usage.
Soupe and banane are feminine words, and the article du is masculine. Notice how banane and soupe both have an e at the end. Poulet does not, because it is masculine. Therefore poulet is correct. The feminine word for du is du la. So there is: Du and du la Le and la Un and une
I don't think that writing "il" instead of "ils" should take away a heart. I understand that it's a mistake, yes, but you can't HEAR the difference
Perhaps you conjugated manger wrong instead? Both Il mange du poulet, and Ils mangent du poulet are correct :)
I'd like to add here that when you hover over "ils" it says "they (masculine)" but "ils" is also a gender neutral term. You can use when addressing a male group or a male and female group (it would be "ils mangent" either way) whereas "elles" is specific to females only ("elles mangent" addresses a group of females eating).
Yes. If you know they are all women it's "elles". If they are all men it is "ils", if you dont know it's "ils", and if the group is mixed it's "ils".
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Yeah, but the some in english is very dormant and hardly expressed but by what I gather in french, it's a constant when there is no definite article. Definite being "the (le, la)", whereas in english we say I ate soup while the some is implied, it french it has to be explicitly stated.
Except for words that are obviously gender-specific ex. Ģarcon-boy, and femme-woman, you just need to memorize the appropriate direct pronoun...le for masculine, la for feminine, and les for plural(either gender). One big generalization is that most words ending in "e" are feminine. Thus said, for this example, the only choice that could possibly follow the word "du" ( meaning de + le) is the masculine word "poulet".
I've gotten every one of these questions wrong. Why is it that du soupe (some soup) and du poulet (some chicken) are different. Or are they the same and its the difference between the plural and singular?
Du = de + le. Thus the only word that could follow du in this sentence is the masculine word poulet.
I don't understand these types of question. Someone maybe as smart as Sitesurf or someone like that can help me. I just said banane instead of poulet. How are we supposed to tell what he is eating?
An easy way to figure out these "missing words" is "what word are you learning in this lesson"
Duolingo has a great community. Everybody is kind and helpful when something in french doesn't make sense.
I know this isn't definite or reliable rule in any way, but is it just me, or are the nouns ending in E often feminine? At least of the ones I've learned on Duolingo so far.
The available options were: poulet, banane, and soupe. Why can't each of these words be the correct missing word?
Fill in the blank, multiple choice. The correct answer is "poulet". Soupe is an option. Why can't the correct be "soupe"?
What makes it specifically chicken and not soup? It can't be bananas because the the option wasn't plural but chicken and soup both stay the same when singular and plural.
They eat chicken. “Du” is the contraction of “de + le”, and chicken takes the article “le”. For “soup” is should be “de la”.
I heard "Il mange du poulet" Answered just that. DL says correct, but when DL gives their translation, DL says "They eat chicken" How so?
Wow, I completely over thought this. I thought it was testing my common sense knowledge. Like, which item could a group of people be eating together... Lol. Still got it right though. Woo-hoo !
My choices were poulet, banane, and soup .. Why couldn't it be any of the three?
Missing word test: I selected 'soup' as the missing word and got it wrong, that wanted 'poulet'. Not sure why 'du' would [determine] that poulet was correct and 'soup' was not
Why is the answer to this one "They are eating chicken", but in the previous it was wrong? I don't understand.
I am not sure why the other 2 options are wrong! Soupe and banane are both appropriate! I missed it on the first go round thinking banane is the same for both singular and plural (as I find they all are). Is it only because that is the only word in the word list today?
No need for swear words, its easy really. Don't jump on board with your question read through other posts and you will find your answers. People shouldn't repost the same questions and people shouldnt have to answer the same question. Read through the posts and ONLY if your query hasn't been addressed - post.
So poule is hen poulet is chicken? Poulet is masculine so should be cockeral or is it a young chicken is poulet and an old chicken is a hen.. so poule?
How the F*** do you listen and get the plural when they sound exactly the same? Il and Ils!