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What's the dfifference between "Chatte" and "Chat"?

Hi. Just a quick question- what's the difference between "Chat" and "Chatte"? I would guess it's something like "Chat" is a male cat and "Chatte" is a female, but I'm not sure.

July 7, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/WinAR6

Yes that is correct. Chat is masculine and chatte is feminine. If you don't know which one to use, just use the masculine one because the feminine one has a bad double meaning.

July 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ItsNoga

Thank you :) Hebrew (my first language) also works by giving genders for objects and actions, so it's easier to remember this kind of stuff.

July 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/WinAR6

Yeah, in French, every single noun has a gender and you have to memorize them. It's difficult, but yeah...

July 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/bfoshizzle

The worst part, in my mind, is that some have both masculine and feminine forms, and you mostly use one, but you also come across the other a lot, like "jour" and "journée", or "an" and "année".

July 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/eddsax

even worse with the time based ones they shift the meaning slightly

July 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/DuolingoDudeII

yeah winar6 is right, no offense, but did you just start?

July 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ItsNoga

I actually did just start, like a week ago. And the part about noun genders is nothing for me, as a Hebrew-as-first-language speaker, we have it too.

July 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/bachirdhm

Chat is masculine and chatte is feminine

July 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth261736

It works best if you remember the nouns with an article: un chat and une chatte.

July 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/HeyJosie

Oui! "Chat" is masculine and "Chatte" is feminine

July 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/KristenDQ

"Chat" is masculine for "cat" while the feminine version is "chatte".

July 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ainkmazlin

as a person whose first language is malay, which has very little masculine/feminine words (but we have like 5 different words for I/you/him or her which can be confusing), it's very hard for me to distinguish the masculine/feminine words :(

July 10, 2015
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