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" S'il te plaît, une pomme !"

December 30, 2012

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

what is the difference between an and a in french?


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

in English, "a" becomes "an" in front of a vowel. In French, all nouns have genders so you have to respect genders: "pomme" is feminine, so "une pomme"; "livre" is masculine, so "un livre".


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

Is there any rule to what makes a noun a certain gender?


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

The rule is to learn each noun with its gender...


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

There are some patterns that are usually true... such as nouns that end in "e" are usually (but not always) feminine. But mostly you just have to learn each one.


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

Si (if) il (it) te (you) plait (please) > If it pleases you. Could anyone explain the grammar of the "te" comming before the "plait"?


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

S' = si = if

IL = impersonal subject of verb "plaît" = it

TE = indirect object of verb "plaît" to be placed before the verb = (to) you

PLAÎT = verb "plaire", construction with preposition "à": "plaire à" - conjugation agreeing with subject in 3rd person singular = please (construction with direct object, no preposition needed)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/u83rmensch

I put "s'il tu plaît une pomme" what did i do wrong? was it the lack of capitalization or punctuation?


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

"tu" is used only as a subject. In this sentence, "you" it is an object (direct or indirect), you have to use "te", for the subject of the verb is "il".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/M_brezzell01

pomme and pain sound alike this is why i keep losing my hearts


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bambina959

When is it appropriate to use s'il TE plait vs s'il VOUS plait?


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

TU is used between people who know each other well and VOUS for a collective group or for a person you don't know well (your doctor, a policeman, a waiter...)

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