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"Le garçon et la fille sont des enfants."

Translation:The boy and the girl are children.

December 25, 2012

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I did not get the meaning of "des" in this sentence. Why is it necessary?

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In French, it is always necessary to put an article before nouns.

In this case, you need to put the indefinite plural article "des".


Thank you, thank you, thank you. I never realized this.


Why can't I use sommes instead of sont?

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The 3rd person plural of verb "être" is "sont" ("sommes" is the 1st person plural of this verb "être").


Difference between son and Sont is...?

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There is no phonetic difference between "son" (possessive adjective) and "sont" (3rd person plural of verb "être").


I used les. what's wrong with that?

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Because "les" is a definite article. Here you need an indefinite article meaning that that they are "children" in general, not "the children" (in particular).

To use "les", you would need more information after "children", for example:

  • "Le garçon et la fille sont les enfants de mes voisins." means "The boy and the girl are the children of my neighbors."


Not fair! It could be "Les garçons" (plural) as well. The pronunciation is the same for the singular and plural statement isn't?


"le" and "les" don't sound the same; "le" is a "mute" e and "les" is a "closed" e. The vowel "e" has three different sounds in French, denoted in many cases by e, é and è.


not from what I've heard so far. Seems to be how you distinguish them. You can go into the vocab section and listen to them back to back?


It certainly could be. Or les filles, or both plural. And all of them would use "sont". But "les garcons" sounds different than "le garcon", or at least the article does. This is all the hint French gives you.


"Les filles" is very distinct from "la fille," even if it's hard to tell the difference between "le garcon" and "les garcons."

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