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Masculine or Feminine?

 
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Steve Cain
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2006 8:44 pm    Post subject: Masculine or Feminine? Reply with quote

I am working through a French Linguaphone course and have come across the following sentence:

Je suis le réceptionniste de l’hôtel.

Now hôtel is a masculine noun but this sentence implies that hôtel is feminine (de + la = de l')

Shouldn't this be: Je suis le réceptionniste d’hôtel? (de + le = du)
i.e. du + hôtel = d'hôtel

Any help appreciated. Thanks.
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Amikeco



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2006 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"d'hôtel" would be without the definite article "le".

du = de + le; so "de l'hôtel" is correct. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2006 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

But du (de + le) includes the definite article "le".

"de l'hôtel" is actually "de + la hôtel" which is feminine.

and d'hôtel ("du hôtel) which is de + le hôtel is masculine.

Or have I got this wrong?

Thanks
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FangFang



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2006 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No no no no you ran into a perfid trap of french Smile


"hôtel" is a masculine word beginning with an "h muet" (mute h), wich means that it is considered as a voyelle, and then you have to make the "liaison", so you con't say "du hôtel" because it is ugly to hear. In this case, "de + le" doesn't become "du", but "de l' ". That's how it goes.

remember " de l' " stands for "de la" but also "de le" when "le is before a word beginning with a voyelle (or a "mute h").

Voilà

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Steve Cain
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2006 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, merci,

Maintenant je comprends.

merci bien Smile
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