"Cette comptable cache des choses."

Translation:This accountant is hiding things.

March 31, 2018

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In the previous sentence, using 'des' as 'some' was faulted. As there is no context, I do not understand why. Duo, if this accountant was hiding some things, is there another word to replace 'des' which, I was taught, can mean SOME.


It is only that when referring to plurals, "des" is necessary in French, but the "some" is almost always omitted in English. If you specifically want to say "some" in English, for example to mean "a few" or "a subset of a larger group", use quelques or certaine(s).


Some for "des" is accepted. Please note that French requires the indefinite article in most instances, whereas in English it is often more natural to omit it. When you see "des" you don't have to translate it as "some."


Well, I suppose that is what accountants do XD


Seem to be running into this more often: according to my dictionary "comptable" can be masculine or feminine, but Duo dinged me saying it was feminine. What dictionary is Duo using consistently?


The feminine and masculine form are both correct and accepted provided the rest of your sentence is also right.

ce comptable, cette comptable


comptable is also a book-keeper


Right, but it's "bookkeeper", no hyphen and all one word. It is a bit of an oddity in English since it has three double-letters in a row.


Duo corrected me saying that " comptable" is feminine and not masculine... I would argue back, it can be either, so please Duo accept my masculine version.


When comptable is singular, it does not change form according to gender. Both "ce comptable" and "cette comptable" are accepted. If you are referring to a "type what you hear" exercise, you must type exactly what is given in the audio, and that is "cette comptable". From a written exercise, you may use either "ce comptable" or "cette comptable".


Is cet also a possibility?


@map4ss cet is only for masculine objects that start with vowels


What a plausible statement!


What is wrong with This accountant hides things?


Nothing. That is accepted. We get lots of reports of "This account hides things", which obviously is not accepted.


OK, but it wasn't accepted for me yesterday. Maybe I made some other spelling mistake or something. I'll try it again next time.

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