"A spider is an animal."
Translation:Une araignée est un animal.
I was kind of wondering if "araignée" is female due to the legend behind it?
I know that. But that's not what I'm talking about! I said I was wondering if "araignée" is female because of the myth about Arachne and Athena (I remember reading about it somewhere........)...
No, I don't have that book yet. I read it in "Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods" by Richard Russell "Rick" Riordan, Jr.
"Animal" is a masculine noun: l'animal. The article tells the gender of the particular noun, e.g., une vache est un animal. Every noun has a gender, even inanimate objects. It says nothing about the gender of the animal itself, except where the noun refers to a specific gender (e.g. le chien vs. la chienne). English generally makes no such distinctions regarding gender so it is just another aspect (and a challenge) of learning a different language to learn the gender references for nouns.
You are correct that you could pronounce the T, but certain liaisons are optional. This liaison is optional, and if you pronounce it, it makes your speech sound more formal. The liaison between être and the following word is optional, and thus makes your speech sound more formal.
There are three types of liaisons:
- Required liaisons (Liaisons obligatoires)
- Forbidden liaisons (Liaisons interdites)
- Optional liaisons (Liaisons facultatives)
The names make it obvious what they mean, and you can find more information on them at these following links:
Thank you very much! I'm really glad that there are such people who can explain everything clearly. So, in the sentence "tu es une femme" the pronouncation of the "s" in "es" isn't required, is it?
No in french last consonants are often left out. est, es, et all sound almost the same /eh/
Actually there is a phenomenon where liaisons occur between words; if a consonant of a previous word is met with a vowel in the following word, a liaison will occur. In more informal French, liaisons don't have to be pronounced, except for required liaisons, but if you pronounce every liaison possible, you will sound more formal.
Here is a link with more information: http://french.about.com/library/pronunciation/bl-liaisons.htm
Yes, if we wanted to say "THE spider is an animal," we would say that. But we are saying "A spider is an animal." Subtle, but important.
I hate it that some species have only one grammatical gender. This is not the only aspect dogs are much better than spiders :)
I thought that since araignée started with a vowel, using une would be in correct.
Why am I referring to the spider being an animal in the formal sense? Why is it est instead of es?
What do you mean by "formal sense"?
Also, it's "est" because third person uses "est", second person uses "es".
I just looked up conjugation for est and es. I now understand its proper usage here. I thought est was a formal tense of is/are, but that would be more like etes, such as vous etes. I was wrong in that original understanding.
I get it now. In this case, est refers to he/she/it, like third person as you mentioned.
Thanks for the clarification.
"Une araignée" is female but the last of the sentence "un animal". Why is not "une animale"? Can you explain it?
There are very few words that can change gender. Chien(ne) and Chat(te) are two common ones, and usually the rest are jobs humans can have (enseignant, enseignante), but other than those, a noun's gender is immutable. So une araignée is always written that way, even if it's a male or female spider. Same with "un animal", regardless of the animals gender, the word stays that way.
Wouldnt you make the articles agree as spider is feminine? Or is that just with adjectives?
Nouns generally don't change gender. I posted another reply to SeNa_34 that you may want to check out.
How am I supposed to know if an animal is a boy or girl? When it doesnt even say, eg. Chien. Chienne. So confused.
Yeah. You need to memorize the gender for everything. But generally, when it ends with an 'e', it is a female. If you know the male noun and if it ends with a consonant, double the consonant and add an 'e', (eg: chat -> chatte). But there are a whole lot of exceptions so you need to really memorize.
Arachnids are animals. Reptiles are animals. Fish are animals. Apes are animals. Most living creatures besides bacteria, viruses, and plants (and a few others) are animals
Many people keep posting this, but please be aware that "arachnids are animals. Reptiles are animals. Fish are animals. Apes are animals. Most living creatures besides bacteria, viruses, and plants (and a few others) are animals." (quoted because I've posted this elsewhere on this thread).