Why, in the last sentence, do we not pluralize the hearts in French? to read aux coeurs des Français..

Ann

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10 March 2019

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Why, in the last sentence, do we not pluralize the hearts in French? to read aux coeurs des Français..

This question relates to:
French writing exercise "Édith Piaf"

Chris

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11 March 2019

11/03/19

That point comes up a lot. It has to do with the way French people think.

English: the hearts of the French. (many French, therefore many hearts)French: the heart of the French. (everyone only has one heart, therefore singular).

Ann

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11 March 2019

11/03/19

Merci

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