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sensible is another faux amis:

The word sensible in French means sensitive, either sensitive physically or sensitive emotionally. Sensible does NOT mean sensible in the sense of reasonable. To translate the English word sensible into French, you should use sensé or raisonnable.

It’s a very sensible idea ---C’est une idée bien sensée / bien raisonnable.


Sensible isn’t related to the idea of “making good sense” as in English. It’s related to "sensing," or the five "senses", or "sensation" and thus, coming from a different direction, it has a completely different meaning.

L’oreille humaine est moins sensible à certains sons --- The human ear is less sensitive to certain sounds.

Vous êtes trop sensible --- You’re too sensitive.

Il est toujours sensible à son charme --- He’s still sensitive to her charm.



Sensible also means perceptible as in “able-to-be-sensed.”

La différence de coloration était à peine sensible --- The difference in color is hardly perceptible.



Conversely, insensible means insensitive or imperceptible, as in:

Un homme dur et insensible --- insensitive

Il est insensible au charme des femmes --- insensitive

La différence était presque insensible --- imperceptible
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Saul:

<<Il est toujours sensible à son charme>>

Why is it not "a sa charme" if the translation is "he is sensitive to her charm?"

How do you type all the French accent marks, etc. on your keyboard?

ZuZu3
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Charme is a masculine word so it's son charme.

French is different than English that way. In English it's the subject that determines as in

He loves his son
He loves his daughter
She loves her son
She loves her daughter


In French it's the object that gives the gender:

Il aime son fils
Il aime sa fille.
Elle aime son fils
Elle aime sa fille.
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Saul, thanks for the explanation. Since the object determines the gender of the preceding pronoun, how would differentiate in French between "Do you know HIS son" versus "Do you know HER son?"
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They are both " son fils"

English has the other ambiguity: If you say his child, or his cat, you don't know if the child or cat is masculine or feminine.

French has other oddities. For example. if you refer to a person, the word personne is always feminine, even if the person is a man.

Jean est la personne qui était à la cinéma - Jean is the person who was at the cinema.
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Jean est la personne qui était à la cinéma

Noun gender strikes again!
Cinéma is a masculine noun. cinémathèque (which no one uses) would be feminine.

Thus the above should be: Jean est la personne qui était au cinéma

Interesting side note:
"à la" roughly meaning "at the" for a feminine word is acceptable.
"à le" for a masculine word is incorrect. It is "au"
"à les" for plural nouns is also incorrect. It is "aux" with x denoting the plural

Il est à la maison - He is home
Ils vons au parc - They are going to the park
Il travail aux champs - He is working in the fields.

I haven't put this much thought in the language since high school!

PalmettoDude
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Cinéma is a masculine noun.

Thanks Dude, I should have known that. As opposed to Spanish and Italian, "a" is a fairly masculine ending in French (except for words imported from Spanish and Italian like pizza, mafia, polenta, which are feminine).


Ils vons au parc - They are going to the park

Ils vont au parc. (Complicated language)


Saul
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also Travailler is an er verb,the endings are e,es,e,ons ez,ent,therefore it should be Il travaille aux champs for he is working in the fields....Neal
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