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

"La fille lit un bon journal."

December 27, 2012

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

I was marked off for using "bonne," is there a difference with "bon"?


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

Journal being a masculine noun, you have to use the masculine article "un" and the masculine adjective "bon".

A feminine equivalent would be : la fille lit une bonne lettre


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

Is there a general rule to help distinguish when to use "lis" and "lit"?


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

Yes, there is one, you have to learn the conjugation of verb "lire" :

je lis, tu lis, il/elle/on lit, nous lisons, vous lisez, ils/elles lisent.


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

The girl reads a good newspaper, or the girl is reading a good newspaper?


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

If you are given the French sentence first, you have two possible translations: "reads" or "is reading".

If you are given "reads" -> lit

If you are given "is reading" -> la fille est en train de lire un bon journal, where "en train de + INFINITIVE" best translates the English continuous form "be VERB-ing"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/languagelearner2

Site surf you are good at French!


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

Thank you. Yet I started to learn it since I was born, that helps!

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