That was my question too. Merci pour la nuancer (?). [As the word “nuanced” most certainly must come from French - how might we use it in - well French language?]
Why is "he watches birds" not accepted? In other exercises omitting 'the' was allowed.
If he were a birdwatcher, it would be Il regarde DES oiseaux, right? "he watches birds"?
Why is "It watches the birds." wrong? A snake could watch birds, and we wouldn't generally refer to the snake as "he."
First time I got this on audio and I almost flipped a coin in order to decide between...
- Il regarde les oiseaux , and
- Ils regardent les oiseaux
I went with the first one, but it could perfectly well be the second. Go figure...
This interesting! I was marked correct even though I wrote "Ils regardent les oiseaux"-"They watch the birds"
This happened twice!
Il regarde and Ils regardent, sound exactly the same; that is why I was thinking to flip a coin the first time I got this sentence on audio.
It's a good thing that the moderators have added both versions as acceptable, as I conclude from your comment :)
The same thing happens with all the 1st group verbs in French (ending in -er ), that begin with a consonant: the 3d person singular for il and elle sounds exactly the same as the 3d person plural ( ils / elles ):
- il/elle commence ≛ ils/elles commencent
- il/elle trouve ≛ ils/elles trouvent
- il/elle parle ≛ ils/elles parlent
While listening to the audio of Il/Elle (singular) Vs. Ils/Elles (plural), I have noticed that whenever the audio has an emphasis on the last consonant it is always a Plural. e.g. Elle.l..l or Il..l..l.
Please listen and let me know if I am correct.
There is a subtle difference between regarder and voir I also thought at first they are the same but they are not Regarder is a reflexive verb whereas Voir is not Regarder is equivalent to look and Voir to see I look in the mirror the reflection looks back at me but when I see a bird faraway the bird does not know I am seeing it and cannot hence is not seeing me This is the difference
Hey there, Jayashanke1!
The difference between regarder and voir is not as subtle as your comment might imply; they are as distinct as their corresponding verbs in English, to look and to see. They are not interchangeable in neither language:
- Look at the sky! Do you see how beautiful it is?
- Regarde le ciel! Tu vois comme c'est beau?
Being reflexive has very little to do with the actual meaning of the verbs. Voir can also become reflexive — se voir . It means to see oneself doing something, i.e. to imagine or remember oneself doing it, or to find oneself in a certain position (formal usage):
- Je me vois faire partie de votre équipe, et j'espère qu'il en est de même pour vous.
- Je ne planifie pas changer de travail, je me vois faire ce travail jusqu'à ma retraite.
- Je me vois encore marcher dans les couloirs de l'hôpital à la recherche de mon père.
- Je me vois malheureusement contrainte de me prononcer contre l'adhésion.