Translation:The children eat the good strawberries.
Would "the children eat good strawberries" be "Les enfants mangent des bonnes fraises"? In English there is a distinct difference between the two and I am wondering if French has this distinction too. Thanks.
Using les vs. des in terms of replacing de la is relatively simple if you remember the rule. Les means that you are referring to the noun following in general ("J'aime les filles!" would mean "I like girls!" and "J'aime des filles." would mean "I like (specific) girls"). Des then of course means a specific number of something.
If you were going to say that you could eat some breadrolls (until you got full) then you would use 'des', but if you just ate breadrolls in general / wanted to indicate that you eat breadrolls and aren't intolerant to it you might use 'les'.
Thanks a lots! so I usually eat rice, therefore I could say in French" Je mange le riz." is it correct?
"Je mange le riz." Means that you are eating the particular rice in front of you.
Or that you had a choice between rice and noodles and you decided to eat "the rice".
If you want to say that you eat rice generally then it is "je mange du rice".
In English this translates to -"I eat some rice" but in English you can leave out "some" so the same sentence coud be written "I eat rice".
The reason for this is that although you may eat lots and lots and lots of rice. You can still only ever eat some of the rice in the world.
why are strawberries feminine?? How do i know which thing is feminine and which is musculine? Thank you!
There's no simple answer to this question, and no simple way to know the gender of every noun other than just learning the gender with each word.
same mistake i made, it's not strawberries that's feminine, it's the word 'fraise'. this site is a good guideline http://www.french-linguistics.co.uk/grammar/le_or_la_in_french.shtml
Why it isn't "de bonnes fraises". Far as I know if adjective in plural stands before noun we use "de"
use bonnes for feminine nouns in plural, and bons for masculine nouns in plural. here is more about adjectives http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/adjectives.htm
I am having hard time to listen the difference btw les and le. De and de. So every time is the the plural I cant really hear the difference. Am i crazy or is it normal?
Definitely normal. If it helps, 'les' sounds like (English) 'lay' and 'le' sounds like 'loo'.
Id say that "le" sounds more like "luh" than loo. I also find clicking the tortoise makes it clearer to avoid having heard it wrong.