"Elephants are large and cats are little."

Translation:Les éléphants sont grands et les chats sont petits.

April 8, 2018



Half the time duo corrects me by adding a "the" to my sentence then this. I am missing how it is implied that all elephants are large and all cats are small. used des, why was i wrong there. and how do i not make this mistake in the future.

April 8, 2018


When generalizing in English you have to omit the definitive article but in French you must use it. So when you are making a general statement about elephants you have to say les éléphants.

April 14, 2018


But why can’t “des” be used instead of “les”?

March 26, 2019


aha, thanks @DuolingoLi12 ! So "les francaise est fou" and "les fromage puer" (just to check if I understood correctly)

April 14, 2018


I think you made other mistakes there (plural vs singular), you are talking about les so you should have said les Français sont fous (French men and women) or les Françaises sont fous (French women). Since I am a learner just like you, I don't know how to use puer yet and I don't want to give an incorrect explanation. I hope someone with a better understanding of French can explain that.

April 14, 2018


Pretty sure it would be "Les fromages peurs" but I could be wrong.

December 18, 2018


but then why can't I leave out the "the" in my response and not be marked wrong? (I'm thinking the "the children eat the pasta," -- without the "the", it's incorrect. what if I am making a generalized statement about kids eating pasta?)

June 10, 2018


I made the same mistake and have the same question.

April 9, 2018


I having the same problem. Apr 27, 2018

April 27, 2018


Me too, and the explanation made so far not so clear.

March 20, 2019


Same here!

April 9, 2018


same problem as other respondents - why not 'de' or even 'des chats''

April 12, 2018


Why les and not des?

August 30, 2018


When I get this one wrong Duo simply states that "Les" is needed. I am not sure I understand why I cannot use "des", for example: "Les éléphants sont grands et des chats sont petits." or even "éléphants sont grands et des chats sont petits"

February 4, 2019


Why does there have to be an article????? Coz not all cats are small

April 17, 2018


That's how the language works, it's the opposite as English. In French you need an article to make a general statement and in English you have to omit it.

April 19, 2018


How different is; "Les elephants sont grande et les chats sont peu" ?

May 15, 2018


Peu in French refers directly to a quantity, whereas petit is used to describe size.

July 30, 2018


grands avec s pour le pluriel

August 20, 2018


I wrote exactly what the answer is, and it shows me wrong

May 21, 2018


me too! they wrote "cats" > des chats . and it shows me wrong too

June 26, 2018


you dint say the cats

July 15, 2018


I wrote 'Les éléphants sont grandes et les chattes sont petites' but it was wrong. Grandes was marked incorrect. Why was grand(e) masculine in this context when les was used?

July 23, 2018


Les éléphants, elephants is a masculine plural noun so you need to use ''grands'' (masculine, plural).

If you listen carefully the final t in petit is not pronounced - so petit is used to describe a masculine noun. If the "t" is pronounced - petite is used to describe a feminine noun. So the noun is chats (masculine, plural) Les chats sont petits.

October 4, 2018


Les has no definitive masculine or feminine associated with it. It simply implies more than one, and the masculine or feminine is derived from the root words, in this case éléphant and chat

July 30, 2018


Les éléphants dont GRANDS et les CHATS sont PETIT... I speak French but my response is correct

August 20, 2018



September 9, 2018


Same here

December 16, 2018


I was corrected when I used the above words, i.e. Les chats sont petits. I was told it should be "petites". I feel this is incorrect as the word for female cats is "chattes", in which case this should be "petites". I feel I was wrongly corrected.

January 23, 2019


Original sentence: Elephants are tall and cats are little.

I translated it with: Des elephants sont grands et des chat sont petits.

Duolingo sais it has to be "les" in both case, not "des". I am confused. Why am i wrong?

March 13, 2019
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