"You are a lion."
Translation:Tu es un lion.
so I put in "t'es un lion", which would be perfectly acceptable in French, but it say's I'm wrong! It accepts English contractions, why not French ones?
T'es is acceptable in informal spoken French but not in written form. I think Duolingo wants us to learn proper French. Native French speakers often use the contraction "t'es" when speaking informally.
I think contraction depends on the pronunciation too, not only when a word ends with a vowel and the next one starts with a vowel.
être = to be → je suis; tu es; il/elle/on est; nous sommes; vous êtes; ils/elles sont
avoir = to have → je ai; tu as; il/elle/on a; nous avons; vous avez; ils/elles ont
is it more appropriate to use "tu es" in certain situations over "vous etes"? Does it matter?
Yes and no, Bailey. Well done, by the way for getting your conjugations correct. Have a lingot. "TU" is usually used in informal singular situations like friend, to a child, whereas "VOUS" is used for formal situations like to folk you dont know, your superior/boss or for "You" in plural. "TU" is Never used in plural.
Well now then.... the point here is being missed I think. It is You are a Lion but in "TU" form....... So just how familiar and intimate are we innocents supposed to be with Lions just to learn French????
The better question is how familiar with the french must you be before you can call him a lion in 'tu'?
Because you can feast on me and I can't even scratch where you itches, you itches and itches and itches. Please swop?!
Well, what you've written is "You is a tiger". Good for Porgy and Bess but not for correct English/French. If your task was an audio one you will have maybe thought you heard "Est"=is but in fact you heard "Es"=are. Difficult to make out without much practice but the liaison of Est is the T but the liaison of Es is the S. If the sentence was "Tu ET une tigre"=You and a tiger, there would be no liaison. To the trained ear, which ours will become, they are clear differences which give the sentence sense.
First a snake, then a tiger, and finally a lion. You must be speaking to someone really ugly.