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"Les filles mangent le beurre."

December 25, 2012

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

People are really eating strange things in this lesson...


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

i agree 100% who eats butter?


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

Well here is some help. Fille is feminine so it's 'la' fille for singular and 'les' filles for plural. I'm sure you can tell the difference between 'la' and 'les'


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

thanks. why is girls masculine?


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

I cannot hear the difference between plural and singular. Les filles or le fille and i hear exactly the same thing.


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

I complained about that to a friend who speaks French. He told me that's how the language is and why it is so hard to learn.


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

The "e" is more open in "Les", it sounds a little like "lait".

The "e" is more "down pitch" in "le", a little like "duh" in english but with an "L".

The word "fille" is very similar to "filles."


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    I agree and it is frustrating how many times I have to play the recording and still get it wrong 50% of the time


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

    fille = girl, no?


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

    Yes but it's not like spanish. All plurals in french take the male article. So la fille is singular and les filles is plural. So even if the 's' isn't pronounced you can tell the plurality by the article LA or LES.

    LA (blank) is singular and LES (is plural.)


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

    Why not du buerre


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

    du beurre = butter. le buerre means 'the butter.'

    The girls eat butter (du buerre) or the girls eat the butter (le buerre)


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

    Why is 'Girls eat the butter' wrong now?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kschultz7

    You missed les = the.


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

    Yes, but in most sentences 'les' doesn't have to be translated, since in french 'les filles mangent...' can refer to girls in general. I was curious if there's a reason why this doesn't apply in this particular sentence.

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