https://www.duolingo.com/JoieB54

I have a *legitimate* question on a locked discussion

Here is the link: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/292091 (Nous avons une chatte - We have a cat) My question is why is the last word "chatte" when there is only ONE cat? If it was more than one, then Google translate shows "chats" as plural, and the other word as something undesirable/vulgar meaning. Why wouldn't this just be "Nous avons une chat"?

July 15, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/gamekkeut

That is the feminine, singular version of cat in French. However, it's fairly vulgar, so just un chat is fine.

July 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ToddTolson2

If you can say, how is it vulgar?

July 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/brianlearnsfrenc

I think it translates to "❤❤❤❤❤"

July 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/xMira_

"chatte" has nothing to do with plurality. The extra "te" shows it's feminine :)

July 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/IliasEl1

''Chatte'' is not the plurial of ''chat'', it's the feminine of ''chat''. ''Chat'' in plurial is ''chats'' or ''chattes'' (feminine plurial). If you have anothers questions you can tell them to me I'm a native french speaker.

July 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/JoieB54

Thank you, IliasEl1 - I've "followed" you, so that I can find you if I have more questions. I appreciate your offer very much!

July 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/IliasEl1

You're welcome

July 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/FredMefford

Because the article used is feminine, "une", the noun is also feminine, "chatte". Otherwise it would be "un chat".

July 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/JoieB54

Thank you to all who answered! Lingots all around!

July 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Suzanne343318

Because chat is a masculine noun and chatte is a feminine one. LE chat, LA chatte.

July 16, 2018
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