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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mhs.3752

Typing French Accents

Hello, I'm learning french on duo but I have problems with typing french accents. I have installed french keyboard but it doesn't contain all of the accents so I can't type all accents and not in every exercise duo gives you the option to select them so I wanted to know that does someone know a way of typing them? And my other question is that do I need to type them since when you use the alternative letters without accents duo accepts it as a correct answer so if I don't type them is it correct or is it incorrect???

May 20, 2020

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jojo553168

And my other question is that do I need to type them since when you use the alternative letters without accents duo accepts it as a correct answer so if I don't type them is it correct or is it incorrect???

Accents are not optional in french. There are no alternative letters without accents.


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

Stated another way, mhs, it is helpful to think of e, è, and é as three completely different letters, and not one letter with (or without) marks. Then you will see that spelling the word for "coffee" as cafe rather than café is just as incorrect as spelling "coffee" as "koffee".

Timor mortis conturbat me. 2020-05-20


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    Duo accepts all French without accents - but only because it is accommodating the issue some people have with typing them. If it is possible to type them, you should (and there are ways of typing them on all tech whether you have a French keyboard installed or not - check for your specific set-up based on your OS and tech type - phones, tablets and laptops all have different ways).

    Although Duolingo accepts answers without accents as "correct", the accents are absolutely required for your French to actually be correct.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vu7xENbj

    Oops, sorry! I accidentally deleted my comment

    Here plenty of tips:

    https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/35321961


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Adam248116

    I use the Canadian French keyboard on Windows. To type grave ( ` ) accents I use the apostrophe ( ' ) key followed by the letter.

    For ç I type right bracket ( ] ) followed by c.

    For é type slash ( / ).

    For circonflexe ( ^ ) type left bracket ( [ ) followed by the letter.

    And for tréma ( ¨ ) type right curly bracket ( } ) followed by the letter.

    Once you turn on the keyboard in settings you can switch keyboards using Windows key + space.


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

    Great suggestion, as the Canadian French keyboards are QWERTY, not AZERTY like the standard French keyboards, and so are easier to type on for people used to QWERTY.


    [Added] Here is a similar discussion from a couple of days ago.


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

    Accents are not optional in French. "Tres," "garcon," "electrique," and "frere" are all misspellings. The fact that Duo accepts them should not be taken as a reason to learn, or settle for, incorrect spelling.

    I use the US International keyboard on my Windows computer. Instructions for installation can be found via Google.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Enriko2007

    Just so u know it, I have a German keyboard because I live in Germany. é: press ´ than e è: press shift and ´ than e ê: press ^ than e


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

    If you are using a tablet then hold down the base letter and options will appear above for you to choose an accent.

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