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

"Bonne nuit mon garçon."

December 17, 2012

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

Why do I use the feminine form of 'bonne' when referring to the subject of a boy? Should it not be the masculine form?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jack.ryan

it's referring to nuit/night, not boy


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/u83rmensch

why is the night feminine?


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

Frequently I find it is best to not attempt to understand why things are masculine or feminine. Just accept it. For example, 'beard' and 'mustache' are both feminine, yet only* men can grow them.

*I understand the caveats needed when using words like only to describe facial hair.


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

Why can't I use "evening"?


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

The use of "evening" is more convenient than "night" when we're coming to a place. When we are exiting, it's time to say "good night", I think.

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