https://www.duolingo.com/liz_a_mc

"Les filles mangent du riz noir."

January 4, 2013

15 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/liz_a_mc

I can't hear the difference between "mange" and "mangent"

January 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems

There is no difference in pronunciation. As it is "les filles" the ending for the verb should be -ent. If it was "la fille" then the verb would end in -e. The pronunciation for je mange, tu manges, il/elle mange, and ils/elles mangent is the same. You don't pronounce the "s" on the end of manges or the "ent" on the end of mangent. Hope that helps.

January 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/urima

I see!!! It sounds like "LE fille" and not "LA fille".

January 13, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/gabilan.s

why is it 'noir' not 'noires' (e for feminie and s for plural?)

January 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems

Riz is a masculine noun and singular.

January 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/gabilan.s

okay that makes sense, but sometimes we try to make the 'les filles' work with the adjective...is that not the case? because the adjective is describing the rice, not the girls?

January 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems

That's right.

January 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Yani.pc

merci

March 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/KelseyLynn

Why is 'du' used, rather than 'le', when referring to the rice?

January 28, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems

Because they aren't eating "the" rice. They are just eating rice. Du = "de le" = some. If in context you were upset because the girls were eating YOUR black rice that you spent ALL DAY making, and you ran to your friend to complain, then you would say "Les filles mangent le riz noir!" - "The girls are eating the black rice!". But since it's just rice, it is "du riz". Hope that sort of helps!

January 28, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/KelseyLynn

Oh, okay. So, I assume that is also the case with this translation that actually doesn't make much sense because men are technically men, not boys. "The men are boys." --> "Les hommes sont des garçons." Is there a relation (meaning that if the English sentence had rather been, "The men are the boys.") there between using "des garçons" in the previous sentence and using "du riz" in the sentence concerning the black rice?

January 29, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems

I think I understand what you're asking (it's early in the morning here and I'm not fully awake)...and you are right. The men are boys = Les hommes sont des garçons
The men are the boys = Les hommes sont les garçons

January 29, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/KelseyLynn

Mmkay, that makes perfect sense to me now. Thank you so much! :)

January 29, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Yani.pc

what is the difference between noir and noire?

February 8, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems

noir = black (for a masculine noun, singular)
noire = for a feminine noun, singular

February 8, 2013
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