Is there any reason/explanation for why héros has an 's' despite being singular?
it's because words like this one are much closer to the original latin than the english ones are. héros comes from the latin heros. temps comes from the latin tempus. etc.
It is how it is written. It is like the word "Temps" = Weather = Time. It has an "s"
Duolingo shows "héros" as possibly singular or plural, so couldn't this sentence read, "He is the father of heroes"? Or, would that be "des héros"?
C'est le père de héros = He's the father of hero
C'est le père du héros = He's the father of the hero (de le = du = of the) = (The hero's father) Sometimes 'du' means 'some', but not in this sentence
Remember that "du" can either be partitive (means "some" = Je veux du vin = I want some wine. I want some good vin = Je veux du bon vin) or it can mean "of the". There is also "des" which can also mean "of the", but it can be the plural of (un/une) = In English, we just don't use an article for this meaning. And this is what you're thinking of.
- Ce sont des héros. = They are herós.
- Ce sont de beaux héros. = They are handsome heros
But, "C'est le père du beau héros" = "He's the father of the handsome hero"
Why isn't it de l'héros even though the h is silent? Does é not combine with the definite article?
I believe the h in this word is an aspirated h, which is treated as a consonant, so doesn't take elision.
OK, I guess the computer voice is mispronouncing it then. Either that, or I can't hear the aspiration.
(American English speaker) My understanding is that certain words, like "heros" (I can't type an accent) are said to have an aspirated "h" even though it is silent. Can someone who knows comment?
Briefly, because with a modified noun (here "père" is modified by the article "le"), French employs "c'est" instead of "il est". Take a look at the chart here:
The simplest clue is that "du" is singular. And because it means "of the", in English the noun can't be indefinite, and has to have "the".
I heard "...du euros", I was freaked out of the two adjacent vowels. Any slight difference? I know the Euro's father does not make any sense.
Definite artıcle and possessive, "the hero's" , is it correct? Don't they exclude each other? I am not a native speaker, so I am just asking.