A posting in the employment sub forum which will probably be removed drove me to ask this question that has always confused me.
Votre langue maternelle est le français?
And I thought should that be Française (langue) or does the maternelle follow the feminin la langue?
Parlez-vous Français is always said and not ? parlez_vous Française? so what is the objet masculin (if thats the correct term) if it isn't la langue?
The problem for me is having had no education in English grammar.
I dont know what a seperate noun is, I dont think you mean "the French" as in the French as a race as that would be les Françaises, its not "the French letter/language/whatever as it does not agree with the gender.
So what is "the French" or is it me getting hung up with my English logic?
Thanks BritBret, I had worked that one out some while back and it has always confused me.
The French being masculin or feminin has had my sub-conscious brain working overtime every time I say it, I say it correctly but the brain wants to know why and resolve the enigma. plenty of people can explain it either "c'est comme ça!" or in grammatical terms which I dont understand, finally when it sinks in it is a light bumb moment
It was Mints explanation that gave me the this time, that and my Freudien slip of writing Les Francaises which I would not say in conversation.
Am I right in saying one could say or write Les Francaises if referring to an all female group? Say a womans hockey team in an international tournament?
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