"Mon beau-frère lave ses chemises."

Translation:My brother-in-law is washing his shirts.

March 30, 2018

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I rejects "my brother-in-law is washing his shirts". Reported 29 March 2018.


This is not the place to report an error nor for anyone to say "me too", "still not fixed", etc., ad infinitum. The "is washing" version was not entered originally but I just added it and sent out 167 e-mails to all the people who reported it correctly.


"chemise" and "chemises" sound the same


But "ses" (plural) does not sound the same as "sa" (singular).


Duo won't accept "my step-brother is washing his shirts". I have reported this.


There may be three issues here. 1. My Webster's dictionary and Larousse say stepbrother has no hyphen. DL may not accept step-brother. Edit: But I've now found examples in Family where DL spells stepbrother both with and without a hyphen. 2. DL is apparently still not accepting "is washing." See multiple comments and reports. 3. Beau-frère = brother-in-law. Larousse says stepbrother = demi-frère. Can beau-frère also = stepbrother?


I don't know about in French but in English you are related biologically to a half brother (shares one biological parent), whereas a step brother is unrelated to you by blood. So does half brother = demi-frére and step brother = beau frére or is there any distinction between the two in French.


Brother-in-law = beau-frère. Stepbrother = demi-frère. "Demi-frère" is also used for half-brother so even the French argue about it.


I have seen "beau frere" mean step brother before


Dear site maintainers, there is a problem with this translation. Due to the ambiguous use of beau-frere to translate as either brother-in-law or step-brother depending on context, and the absence of said context in this sentence, the correct translation should be "brother by marriage". A this statement similarly does not imply whose marriage forms the relation.


Dear keynan21. The problem is not in Duo on this. "Stepbrother" = demi-frère (the son of the new husband of your mother or the son of the new wife of your father). "Brother-in-law" = beau-frère (your sister's husband).


Still not accepting "is washing".


the last word sounds like "choses"

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