Un enfant or Une enfant?

What is the difference?

May 1, 2012


Clean-up note: Hi folks, I just deleted some 60 comments here, most of them just saying "un", "une". Please only comment if you really have something new and valuable to contribute. Having to sift through 90 comments to find one little piece of useful information is very tedious for learners. Thanks!

January 2, 2014

"Un enfant" is the most common case, and the one you should learn. Enfant here has masculine gender but has neutral meaning (it can be a boy or a girl).

But "une enfant" exists and is correct, but litterary or highbrow. You will find it in older written text, in old songs : "une belle enfant". Usually the meaning is not child but young girl, almost adult, and the person speaking is notably older.

June 12, 2012

Tout autant qu'un enfant, il est possible de dire "UNE ENFANT" : il s'agit d'une fillette, d'une fille ou encore d'une petite fille.

= a girl or a little girl.

December 10, 2018

According to my dictionary "enfant" can be male or female, but is regularly used as masculine singular and plural to refer to boy and girl or boys and girls. But if you have many troubles with the word, you can use "Fils" (Boy) or "Fille" (girl)

June 19, 2012

Isn't 'fils' son? 'Fille' is both daughter and girl, but I think garçon is more commonly used for 'boy'.

April 11, 2018

Salut !

Etant français, je répond... Un enfant est un garçon ou une fille enfant (a kid).

Une enfant est destiné uniquement à une fille (a kid).

December 6, 2013

Une enfant refers to "a girl child", while un enfant refers to "a male child" or, more generally, "a child". This happens a lot with latin derived languages, you have two ways of saying it (masculine and feminine), but when you're talking in general, you use the masculine form. I imagine it should be a little difficult to understand for someone whose language it's not latin derived. You have to get used to the fact that it doesn't work exactly like English, and very frequently you have more than just a neutral case

October 21, 2012

Well, "un enfant" is masculine "un" but "UNE enfant" is feminine "une". In general, as I would say, you could just say "un enfant" would be more commonly used. However, "une enfant" means both a small girl and a woman (in the olden days/times). In Duolingo, probably use "un enfant" since it was marked incorrectly when I was typing "une enfant". P.S. Both "un enfant" and " une enfant" are correct.

March 6, 2013

if the gender is not specified always use masculine

March 26, 2013

English, Anglais, If it is a boy than it is Un enfant, if it is a girl than it is Une enfant French, Français, Si c'est un garçon que c'est Un enfant, si c'est une fille que c'est Une enfant

September 23, 2013

Une enfant is a female child, and un enfant is a male child, or a child. If a gender is not specified always use the masculine form.

December 24, 2013

if the gender is not specified always use masculine

February 5, 2014

Un is pronounced with almost like a buzzer kind of sound. Une is pronounced "oo-n" The "oo" (like in moon) is only properly heard in "Une"

January 17, 2014

That's not quite right. Un is a nasal vowel sound, which doesn't exist in English. Une is a French u sound that also doesn't exist in English. But it sounds absolutely nothing like -oo-.

These are two of the most difficult sounds for us English learners. Just keep listening and practicing as you continue through Duolingo.

We're very lucky to have this ability to hear a spoken language in our own homes, and even speak back to it. Just a few years ago the only way to do this would be to use expensive tapes and machines.

March 6, 2019

Use "un" for boy, and "une" for girl

January 17, 2014

un enfant is the most common but une enfant is also used in old french to say a little girl

January 21, 2014
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