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"Le jus est liquide."

Translation:The juice is liquid.

June 24, 2013



Why does liquide have an "e" when le jus is masculine?


"Liquide" is invariable in gender. ;)


I understand somewhat but isn't a restaurant also invariable in gender?


Yes, but a restaurant is a noun, not an adjective. All nouns have a gender, masculine or feminine. All adjectives have four forms: one masculine singular, one feminine singular, one masculine plural and one feminine plural. Normally the feminine form is created by adding an e to its masculine correspondent, and the plurals by adding a s to the singular forms: vert - verte - verts - vertes.

But some adjectives already end with an e in its masculine singular forms. They do not add another e to make it feminine but keep the same form in masculine and feminine: riche - riche - riches - riches. These are said to be invariable in gender. Liquide as an adjective is like this.


What a keen grasp of the obvious! :D

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Did you learn anything from this simple sentence?

  • the adjective "liquide" is invariable in regard to gender
  • there is no liaison between "jus" and "est". It is forbidden. Do you know why?


Why is there no liaison between "jus" and "est"?


You've left us hanging here! And the link you provided below now goes to "Pronouncing the N in Spanish". So here is a new link: https://www.lawlessfrench.com/pronunciation/forbidden-liaisons/ . I'm thinking it's because "jus" is a singular noun???


why wont they accept the juice is A liquid


Saying "A liquid" implies that liquid is a noun in this sentence. When you say that "juice is liquid", you're describing the juice, rather than saying that it's part of a bigger group (liquids).


ah right, thanks BakinToast :) i suppose liquid doesnt just have to be a noun


No, but isn't juice (in juice from), Always liquid? When it's very very cold it's 'frozen' juice, but at room temperature in its natural state, Isn't it Always liquid? Or am I missing something here? Anyone?


Could be like meat juices that solidify in the fridge..


Is it not supposed to enunciate the "S" in "jus" because "est" is after it?


After a singular noun you are not supposed to pronounce a liason.

You can read about more forbidden liasons here: http://french.about.com/library/pronunciation/bl-liaisons-f.htm


I thought that le jus meant gravy too? Although my answer wasn't accepted, only juice.

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In the realm of French cuisine, "gravy" is a certain kind of FR "sauce" called "sauce au jus de rĂ´ti".


Does "jus" also mean gravy? If so why did they tell me it was wrong?


I think it means any kind of "juice" and the French term varies with a broader definition than in English. (sandwich/meat dip sauces are "au jus")


how does liquide also mean "settle"

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What you are talking about is the French verb "liquider" (to settle), as in "to settle" or "to liquidate" an account. When the verb is conjugated, the 1st person and 3rd person singular forms of the verb are "liquide". So you see, hints for words can cover a lot of territory, so you have to choose wisely.


Like settling an account, or settling a balance at the counter (of a bank), etc...




How would I pronounce jus with est after it, would I sound the s?

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No, singular nouns followed by a vowel are among the "forbidden liaisons" in French. http://french.about.com/library/pronunciation/bl-liaisons-f.htm


They say the juice is a liquid is wrong. .. doesnt the juice is liquid sounding wrong?


There would need to be a un/une for the word a/an to be in there and the juice is liquid has more fluidity than what you said.


I guess you meant the noun liquid whereas duo meant the adjective liquid. Considering liquid as an adjective, 'The juice is liquid' is perfectly fine just as you would say 'The juice is good'.


would it be correct to say "le jus est liquid" as jus is masculine?

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The adjective is "liquide". It is invariable (it does not have separate masculine and feminine forms). In this way it is like the first adjective learned on Duolingo (riche, calme). They are also invariable adjectives.


'A liquid' is good?


Not in this case. Here it is an adjective describing the juice, not a noun like a liquid.


How come I can't add an "a" in "The juice is liquid."? Wouldn't it make sense if I said "The juice is a liquid"?


Yes it would, but that is not what is being said here, so it's not a correct translation. 'Liquide' here is an adjective which is modifying the noun jus.


I tried, "Juice is a liquid", thinking that "le jus" can mean juice in general. DL didn't accept that. I guess the article was needed, i.e. "Le jus est un liquide." But wouldn't, "Le jus est liquide" mean "Juice (in general) is in liquid form", or in effect "Juice is a liquid."

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The issue is that it may be frozen. So not every sentence starting with a definite article may be turned into a generalization.


I can't tell the difference between the sounds of jeu and jus. Jus obviously makes more sense, but...

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Use the Force (your common sense). It is doesn't make sense, it is probably not a correct translation.


It doesn't completely not make sense (though my interpretation may be kind of stretch). I also thought it was jeu, and liquide meaning cash. So the sentence could mean something like "the game is cash" as an adjective or "the game is to make cash." Does a sentence like that actually make sense in French?


Except that jeu and jus really do not sound the same, and if you can't hear the difference then that's an area you need to practice. Note that neither vowel sound exists in English. Deux rhymes with jeu; du with jus.


As a native English speaker I wouldn't use the definite article here. I would say 'Juice is liquid' (thinking fruit juice etc) as liquid is it's normal state. So no need for 'the'. If it was frozen however (not it's usual state) I would say The (or this) juice is frozen


Err . Juice means a liquid extracted from a fruit so saying the juice is liquid is silly.


But you could freeze it and it wouldn't be liquid anymore.

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