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To say Women alone you need to say "Les Femmes" ? is it wrong to say Femmes, enfants, hommes, alone?
It is rare and you will not find it in these lessons.
But it does exist: "Femmes, je vous aime" (title of a French song) or "Allons enfants de la patrie" (first sentence of the French anthem), or "Femmes et enfants d'abord" (no specific source, just an expression). It is an address, comparable to the latin "ô Cesar" (don't know whether you have learnt latin...).
I answered "the ladies" as the hint said, and I got wrong answer. So if "ladies" mens "dames" not "femmes" don´t put it on the hint, it becames confusing.
In the lessons, woman/women only translate to femme/femmes. But in the Immersion section, it may happen that "lady/ladies" or "wife/wives" are more appropriate. That is why when you hover on words, you do not necessarily get the solution to your sentence as the first or only translation.
"une femme" means "a wife" in a family environment:" ma femme", "le mari et la femme".
When context does not allow to establish any marital bond, please use "a woman"
I put " the ladies " as an answer and it said wrong so why say femme is ladies if it is not?????? ! please fix problem or explain in hints
Focus on determiners, they are all different (articles, possessives, demonstratives, etc)
I thought even "em" was introducing nasal sounds. E.g. I was looking at the pronunciation of the word emploi on wordreference, and it loos like the "em" has the nasal sound ɑ̃ (full pronunciation: /ɑ̃plwa/). Same thing for the word température (/tɑ̃peʀatyʀ/). But it seems like femme (/fam/) is not nasal, and I couldn't find an explanation. :(
That's why I wasn't sure about if there was some other rules about this, I'm not really able to recognize the difference in sound when I listen to a word.
You are right, sometimes nasal sounds have an -m as well, like emploi, parfum, important. But those lose their nasal sound when the M is doubled or followed by another vowel (immortel, parfumer...)
Also, "emm" is pronounced as [AM] in a number of adverbs like: différemment, fréquemment... all derived from adjectives ending in -ent (différent, fréquent)
its says that "les" can also mean 'them'.is that true? and if it is can you put it in a sentence for me meaning 'them'. thanks
Je vois les femmes (plural definite article) => je les vois (personal pronoun in its object form - them -, replacing both masculine and feminine plural nouns)
Why do some terms us La over Le? Why do things such as books have the masculine term in front of it (Le Livres) and letters have the feminine term (La Lettre)? How do you determine whether to use the masculine or feminine version of a word in reference to an object?
French being derived from Latin, all nouns have a gender: masculine or feminine.
Therefore all words modifying nouns need to agree with the gender:
- masculine articles: le, un
- feminine articles: la, une
Les femmes = the women. Les dames = the ladies. They are different words in English and different words in French as well.
why is it le filles and les femmes ? the used in two forms for same gender ?