"We are alone."
Translation:Nous sommes seules.
I was marked as incorrect when I put Nous sommes seules for this in another question.
Yes, and I really think that one was a mistake since "Nous sommes" could refer to either masculine or feminine.
Doesn't the adjective default to masculine when gender is mixed/indefinite?
Yes, it does. But we don't know if the "we" in this sentence is mixed, all females, or all males.
Agreed. That's what I meant by "Indefinite" in that we don't know .So for the very reason that we don't know, doesn't the adjective then default to masculine? Thanks in advance.
In actual life, context would indicate which it was and we would know. So Duolingo accepts both.
Am I the only one who hasn't been introduced to "alone" until this point? :-(
No. Duo works that way. Frustrating at first for some but we get used to it. You can always hover on it if it's a written lesson. I now have a Fr/En dictionary to hand or another larousse site on tab now. At worst I just get it wrong and them I'm corrected, go to the forum and usually learn all about the new word there.
Why, when asked which are correct, both masculine and feminine should be chosen, but when asked the french translation, only masculine one is accepted? It's inconsistent.
Yes I agree with you! I've noticed this in a few other questions as well.
Can someone help me to understand the pronunciation difference between "seuls" and "seules" https://translate.google.com/#auto/en/Nous%20sommes%20seuls.%20Nous%20sommes%20seules. Thank you.
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Which gender should I use for the adjective if the group that I'm referring to has both male and female entities?
yes, if a group of both male and females, masculine. if only males ,masculine. if only FEMALES ,feminine. if unknown, masculine. so, go with masculine and most of the time you'll be right. annoying but ... French is sexist.
Yes it is feminine but we use "seuls" for plural when they are (mascoline or mixed or unknown)
"on" can be translated as "one" or as "we".
If you think about it, "We shouldn't do that" is similar to "One shouldn't do that" and these days we use these two type of sentences interchangeably, particularly because using "one" instead of "we" is considered old fashioned and snooty by some people.
this kept switching between Nous nous sommes seuls and On sommes seuls.
Yes Graham. Such is any language. Too confusing for a randy Tomcat at night! Here we are learning how and when to use Nous, and On.
The first attempt I wrote "Nous" and the game said I was incorrect. The second time I wrote “On" but I was Still wrong.
Hiya Jerry, what exactly did you write? If your complete solution was "nous sommes seuls" then you were correct.
How do you know when it is supposed to be masculine or feminine ?. This one is masculine 'nous sommes seuls', but in another one it was feminine, 'nous sommes petites'. How do you know which one it must be ??
How does one get the correct letters to formulate the translation?
I thought of typing "Nous sont seuls" like how you would use "Les femmes sont seuls" which means "The women are alone." Is sont the plural use of are?
OK Karylin. French verbs are conjugated. Here we meet a tricky verb which doesn't follow the guides. I think it's called irregular. The infinitive is Etre (with circumflex first "E".) It progresses like this: Etre=To Be. Je Suis=I Am, Tu Es=You Are (Familiar and only ever singular) Vous Etes=You Are (Polite singular and plural for both Tu and Vous singular), Il/Elle Est=He/She is, Nous Sommes=We Are, Ils/Elles Sont=They Are. Note, there is a circumflex over the first "E" of "Etre/Etes" You are correct with your example "Les femmes sont seules". Note, because of the feminine gender "Seuls" (masculine) becomes "Seules" (Feminine).
Indefinite articles Un and Une agree with the gender of the noun they apply to; Un for masculine (Un Homme A Man) Une for feminine (Une Femme A Woman).
But seuls refer as by ourselves,by themselves & by yourself, how could"alone" be seuls
Whats the difference between sommer and être? And when do I use one or another?
You need to learn how to conjugate the verb "être". See here: http://conjugator.reverso.net/conjugation-french-verb-etre.html
The conjugated être for nous is "allons". And on is singular therefore it would be "est".
It can't be 'we' if there is the word 'alone' because alone always means one.
Well, "Alone" simply means without others, unwanted or wanted, so a whole group can be alone.
@AndrPblio. No, because the conjugation of the verb Être=To Be is like this: Je Suis=I am, Il/Elle Est=He/She Is, Tu Es=You Are (familiar singular form), Vous Êtes=You Are (singular formal/polite form or familiar/formal plural form), Nous Sommes=We Are, Ils/Elles Sont=They Are. Note that you not only mixed up your verb conjugation (Vous/Nous) but you got the accent wrong also; the "e" needs the circumflex "ê", not "é". I hope this hasn't embarrassed you and put you off posting questions here. In fact I hope it has encouraged you to post more. For the future there are two sites which are helpful in addition to this course. "About.com /fr conjugation" and follow the links, and "French lesson 2: conjugation of -er verbs,subject pronouns by rafatheman", which is one of a series of videos to scroll through and are very palatable. Bonne chance mon ami. JJ.
If being alone is a temporary state of being why Isnt it with verb "avoir" to have loneliness
Being is the verb in your sentence. And avoir is the verb for it. Alone just describes the verb or the noun, ie. it acts as an adverb or an adjective.
It's more than 1 person, so you aren't saying, "I have loneliness" or "I am lonely" You have at least two people, so think of one saying to the other, "We are alone" I thought of 2 people after a party, where one says, (Finally) "We're alone!"