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I don't understand this segment of the Tips section in the skill "Life"

The picture implies that it is a grandpa, but does that make the il automatically mean "my grandfather"? Could it be "your grandfather", "his grandfather", etc.?

April 19, 2020

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kati673185

I think you are right - if you want to translate the sentence word for word: he was born in the fifties. (the picture shows only that it is about an old man - not a grandpa) Grandfather would be (le) grand-pere


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    The translations in many of the new TIPS in French leave much to be desired.

    The only explanation I can think of is that the English translations were written by a German who knew no French and used the pictures, and the French sections were written by someone who knew some French but wasn't a native speaker, and had little experience of motoring (you will see later skills when a stolen car is spoken of as cassé, and a map is incorrectly referred to as masculine "le carte"), or italian cuisine (as they were unaware the gender of Pizza, also turned masculine).

    However, that is as nothing compared to the English used in some lessons in the newest skills (18 of them dumped unceremoniously in the middle of the tree a while back) which was written by an American who clearly hadn't travelled much beyond his locale and used the local colloquial English that no-one speaking any form of standard English (be that American, British, Australian or Indian English, or indeed any other standard form!) can make head nor tail of.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jeff_Grundman

    No wonder you are confused!

    Il est né dans les années cinquante = He was born in the fifties.

    There is no possessive and there is no grandfather in that French sentence.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/R_S_B

    It is 100%, "He was born in the fifties."

    Whoever wrote "My grandfather" messed up.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Scrapple8

    It's an error. What probably happened is that they changed the sentence from Mon grand-père to Il and forgot to change the French. Or the other way around.

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