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How do you distinguish between les, la and le in French???

I still don't realy understand how to distinguish between les, la and le in French, could somebody help me out???

July 23, 2015

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

It's pretty easy, le is the definite article for masculine nouns. La is the definite article for the feminine nouns. Les is the definite article for all the plural nouns. It is the same thing as "the" in english. You need to memorize the gender of the nouns though.


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

Right...Thanks :P


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

How do you know what is masculine or feminine???


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

That's something you have to learn with each word, sometimes it's Obvious (Like, a woman is female, so it is La femme) but usually you just have to learn it with the word.


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

It's even trickier in German, which I see you are also learning. There are three genders, masculine, feminine and neuter. These also have to be learned together with the nouns, and the fem/masc ones NOT correspond with the genders in French, unfortunately.


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

I actually already know German but it has gotten a bit rusty which is why I am studying it now :)


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

you simply memorize -> The house = La maison


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anneysha7

Le la, les and l' are the definite articles used in French. They mean the same a "the".

Le is used as a definite article in front of all masculine words.

Eg. le livre - the book

<pre> le crayon - the pencil </pre>

La is used as a definite article in front of all feminine words.

Eg. la taile-crayon - the sharpener

<pre> la gomme - the eraser </pre>

L' is used as a definite article in front of all the words that have vowels. The vowels in French are- a, e i, o, u, h (muite) and y.It is applicable for both the genders.

Eg. L'horloge - the clock

Les is used as a definite article in front of all the words in its plural form. It is applicable for both the genders.

Eg. Les pains - the breads


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

How can eraser and pencil have gender?


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

This should give you a good idea on the patterns on which words are masculine and feminine and the exceptions. http://www.fourmilab.ch/francais/gender.html


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mimi393394

many times I cannot tell if they are saying le or les, help.

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