When I looked up the vocab word 'hilarious' on my own I got hilare, but when I used it in the exercise it was marked wrong.
Freeform Writing Exercise A2
This is an interesting question Stephanie, in fact, both words exist but are used differently.
The adjective 'hilare' which describes a state of being cheerful is used with people describing a state of gaiety, more aking to merry.
The adjective 'hilarant/e' isused with nonliving things like anecdotes, jokes, comments, etc. as in the text -
C'était une histoire hilarante = It was a hilarious story
C'était une personne hilare = She was a merry person
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