https://www.duolingo.com/KarolinaMorris

"The book is nice, even though it is dirty."

March 23, 2013

16 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/jordanqj

Why "il est" and not "c'est"

March 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Joel-Iowan

I have the same question.

March 29, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/kure.neoperene

If you say "c'est" it's like you are pointing at someting and saying "this is dirty". In french things have genders, so the book is a he, not an it. You have to say "he is dirty".

April 13, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

Il est un XXX is not French, you have to say C'est un XXX.

See:
- http://www.academie-francaise.fr/il-est-cest-un-0
- http://french.about.com/library/weekly/aa032500.htm

October 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/KarolinaMorris

Why agreable (correct e spelling) is not acceptable? It means "Nice" too

March 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/potato_jam

I may be wrong, but I think that "joli" means nice in the sense that it is physically attractive. Agreeable means pleasant and enjoyable in nonphysical way, like a personality trait.

May 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Mike_Lakelly88

because Doulingo only accept "nice" and "pretty" for joli/jolie, don't ask me why...

March 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Bredouille

bien does not work either for "nice" :O

March 31, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Hancel

Why "alors" and not "quand même"?

April 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/siebolt

Same question

May 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/titikiky

why can't nice be translated as bon? what's the difference between bon and beau ?

May 13, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Bredouille

"beau" means beautiful.

May 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Luke124

Can we not use the word "génial" for nice? The system rejected génial and gave the correct answer as "nice"! Is nice now used in French?

May 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Bredouille

"génial" just means genius. For example, if someone solves a complicated math problem you'd say "Tu es génial!" (you're a genius).

May 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/siebolt

I have heard en seen translated on TV "génial" as "awesome" "génial" is an adjective which can be only translated into "a genius", because the English word "genial" means something quite different.

May 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Bredouille

Maybe in some cases it's similar to the British "brilliant". It doesn't necessarily mean that a person is highly intelligent but rather that something is great!

May 17, 2013
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