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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carol415192

Les Enfants ont trente deux ans?

At which point would I refer to my own children at something other than les enfants? Their ages are 32, 30 and 17; it seems strange for me to call them les enfants.

June 3, 2020

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AStupidName11

"Mes enfants" rather than "les enfants", and it wouldn't really sound any weirder than calling them your "children", it's the exact equivalent in this case.


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

Well, the best you can use is "Mes enfants ont 32 , 30 et 17 ans" as AStupidName11 said.

I'm a native


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

Hi, i'm a native french and i confirm that you can keep on saying "les enfants" or "mes enfants" until you're a very old granny ;-) Even when your children are fifty or seventy you can say "les enfants" ! "Enfants" is not actually related to a question of age (when plural), there is no subtility as "mis niños/mis hijos" in spanish or "i miei bambini/i miei figli" in italian.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Roteme2

Les enfants is kind of an expression. I live in France and people tend to call a group of people "les enfants" even if all of them are already grandparents. It's weird but it's like that.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carol415192

Merci à tous! Il faut beaucoup de temps pour apprendre le français!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Roteme2

Oui, je suis d'accord. J'ai commence il y a 18 mois et n'ai pas encore réussi à passer le niveau B2. Et je travail vraiment très dur pour m’améliorer. Tout le jour... :\


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AStupidName11

"J'ai commencé", "Je travaille" ;)

"Tous les jours" ou bien "toute la journée" ? ;)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Roteme2

Merci pour me corriger!!! J'ai voulu dire tous les jours. De maintenant, je ne vais pas faire encore cette erreur

L’accent viens toujours avec la correction automatique. Je n'ai pas un clavier français ;)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AStupidName11

De rien ^_^ (C'est sûr, ce n'est pas pratique quand on n'a pas le bon clavier !)

"Merci de m'avoir corrigé(e) / de me corriger". "à partir de maintenant" "Je ne vais plus faire / je ne referai pas", et enfin "il vient" (from what I've read on this forum it seems duolingo has a mistake about this one somewhere, it's definitely supposed to be a T in the third person singular)


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

What's so strange about 'les enfants'? As long as it doesn't seem strange to call them your own 'children'...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carol415192

I think it just feels odd because the word sounds so much like the English word infants, which means babies. That's all.

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