"I am hitting the ball."

Translation:Je frappe la balle.

December 26, 2017



Is there shades of difference between balle ballon boule

December 26, 2017


Balle: tennis ball, baseball, golf ball, ping pong balls, and musket balls...

Ballon: rugby ball, football, basketball, soccer ball, volleyball...

Boule: billard ball, p├ętanque ball, ornament ball for a Christmas tree...

"Ballon" is typically for the largest balls played in sports. The distinction between "boule" and "balle" is much murkier.

December 26, 2017


Ballon: A large ball filled with air and that can easily bounce.
Boule: A heavy and dense ball
Balle: A ball in general.

Note that ballon and boule are both considered balle (making it a generic noun). However, we know for instance that in rugby we use un ballon, so nobody will say balle de rugby, even though technically it is une balle.

December 26, 2017


Why not "coup"?

January 15, 2018


I agree! "frappe" wasn't even given as a hint?!

April 19, 2018


Now added. Thank you.

April 19, 2018
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