"I need to buy a new bra."
Translation:J'ai besoin d'acheter un nouveau soutien-gorge.
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It can be. Since that wasn't accepted, I decided to try out other alternatives to their answer (as I usually do so I can report them as correct solutions).
To my surprise, they accept "il me faut acheter un nouveau soutien-gorge" but not "je dois acheter un nouveau soutien-gorge". Didn't have the chance to try "Il faut que j'achète un nouveau soutien-gorge".
Even more interesting, in Spanish a penis is feminine. (although, to be fair, it is masculine in French.)
There's no pattern, really. You just need to memorize the definite article every time you learn a new noun. There are no shortcuts. Some people will tell you to look at the ending of the word, but those are good only about 80% of the time. I don't like those odds.
FYI, if you get soutien-gorge in the plural, it is not soutien-gorges, but rather soutiens-gorge. I got that one wrong the first time I saw it.
I suspect that either nouveau or neuf would work here, the difference being which aspect of "new" is being stressed. Nouveau doesn't imply she doesn't care whether its brand new. I suspect quite the contrary: it's so obviously going to be brand new that she doesn't need to highlight that.
Perhaps a native speaker could confirm my ramblings or put me in my place. ;)