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

" S'il te plaît, une pomme !"

December 30, 2012

12 Comments


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

what is the difference between an and a in french?

December 30, 2012

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".

December 30, 2012

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

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

January 2, 2013

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

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

January 2, 2013

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.

January 5, 2013

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"?

January 24, 2013

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)

January 24, 2013

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?

January 25, 2013

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".

January 25, 2013

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

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

February 10, 2013

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

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

February 13, 2013

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...)

February 13, 2013
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