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"We are waiting for the bride in the city hall."

Translation:Nous attendons la mariée dans la mairie.

April 23, 2020

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

City Hall is "l'hôtel de ville", not "la mairie".

"La mairie" is the town hall, not City Hall.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AgnatomoA1

City Hall and Town Hall can both be either "l'hôtel de ville", or "la mairie". Both answers are correct.


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

Hi Graeme.

I had a look into the distinction between the two words, and it appears that 《la mairie》and 《l'hôtel de ville》are almost synonymous.

The exception is that 《la mairie》is used for small towns:

https://hinative.com/en-US/questions/10480630


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Angela470035

And hôtel de ville is given in the drop down hints! Reported.


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

Nous attendons la mariée dans l'hôtel de ville not accepted. Why not?!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Louradour5

In theory there is not difference between "mairie" and "hôtel de ville". However usually a mairie is in small towns and a hôtel de ville in bigger ones. For example, in my city of 25,000 inhabitants it's a mairie. For Paris, hôtel de ville refers to the huge building where the administration of Paris stands.

I do no help you a lot, i think both should be accepted.


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

Yes, you are absolutely right. Same where I have a house in SW france. Villages and small towns have a mairie and the big cities like Toulouse have a hotel de ville. I think this is really another example of Duo using American standard where even small towns are referred to as a 'city' and have a city hall. In England, where I live most if the time it seems only the larger towns have a functioning Town Hall these days with administration done more on a district basis at centralised District Council offices.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Louradour5

Thank you it's very interesting. I think we have the equivalent to District Council offices in the three largest cities of France, Paris, Lyon and Marseille, with les "mairies d'arrondissement" (20 for Paris).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sucy-en-Brie94

On attend la mariée dans la mairie. Accepted :)

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