"Elle mange des frites."

Translation:She is eating fries.

January 4, 2013

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Duolingo should have an option to pick American English or English English... chips...


how about American English, English or Canadian English, im tired of my spelling being marked wrong! colour is a word!


That is British English. Plus most of Canadian English takes British English spelling, while also accepting American English as possible alternatives


It will accept chips as correct.


"elles mangent des frites" also is correct. I guess this is one of those verb conjugation pairs that sounds identical


I have difficulty hearing the different between fruits and frites. Any suggestions?


Frites is pronounced with "T" 'fr ee t' but fruits without "T" just 'froo ee'


Isn't "frites" specifically a reference to friend potatoes?


I get so confused between frites and fraises


I don't get it: when I say "I eat" it means "je mange" but how do i know when I say one of these: "mangez, mange,mangent,mangeons" for lets say "the man". I am really getting mixed up with this eating stuff.


You need to use different suffixes depending on the whether the subject is referred to in first, second or third person. That's the whole basis of the verb conjugations. The actual order would be:

Singular -- Plural

Je mange -- Nous mangeons

Tu manges -- Vous mangez

Il/elle mange -- ils/elles mangent

In case you're not directly referring to the subject as I or you (je, tu, or vous), the subject is considered third-person. So "the man" (le homme) would be third person, and you'd have to use the mange (s) or mangent (pl) form.

Though all the conjugations do sound almost exactly identical. If you're hearing them, you need to decide the conjugation based on the context.


Frenchabout.com will give you lots of help with verbs, it even has an all tenses conjugator which we can use are we progress. An French English 'Pocket' dictionary has a page on common irregular verbs. Both really handy. Some verb apps are good, too.


Why does this question have "Des frites" While another has "Les Frites", when duo claims the one with "Les frites" means the same as "Des frites"?


It comes down to whether you are talking about those fries (les) or some fries (des)


So why does "les haricots et les carrottes" mean "beans and carrots"? (Getting this straight from a previous exercise.)


"Elle mange des frites" means that she is eating more than one bean. In English, there is no plural form for "a/one", but in French, the plural of "un" or "une" is "des". So, "des frites" is the plural form of "une frite".

"Beans and carrots" can translate to "les haricots et les carottes" or "des haricots et des carottes", as long as there is no context to specify whether the English fragment is the plural of "a bean and a carrot" or "beans and carrots in general".


so how do you say "they (ils/elles) are frying ..."?


Sorry, why can't it be "it" is eating fries?


Because elle means she and elles means they/ girls( in plural)


When do I know "elle" means "they" or "she"


Elle She

Elles They

If you are listening to someone saying the sentence you have to listen to the suffixes or articles.


Pronunciation is so wrong. The man said Elle "LA" mange des frites.


Why not she is eating some fries


French fries aren't french they are from belguim and by the way shout out post yay if you love duolingo


'she is eating fries' je veux vraiment manger des frites....


I accidentally said that she is eating fire ._.


I thought the guy sad fruits...


Seeing that I am learning French, it is kind of weird that the sentence says "French fries". I guess that it is not that weird, but I guess that it is mildly strange.


please tell me what is the difference of the sound between "elle mange" and "elles mangent"

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    nothing - they sound the same


    What is the difference between "elle" and "elles?" Is "elle" sibgular for "she" and "elles" plural feminine for "they?" I am a tad bit confused.

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      Yes, elle is she (singular). Elles is they, referring to more than one female.


      I was asked to translate "elle mange des frites" from French to English, answered "She eats fries" and was marked wrong. Why?


      Can somewone please explain me the semnification of "des"?



      "Des" is the plural indefinite article that English does not have.

      "Des" is the plural of "un/une" and it is required with the meaning of "more than one". Sometimes, you can translate "des" to "some", but more often than not "some + plural noun" will not back translate to "des + plural noun".


      The male speaker pronounces the "mange" with an "e" at the end. The female speaker doesn't.


      Surely my answer "Elles mangent des frites" is incorrect


      Just add 'chips' to the acceptable words list.


      Why is "she is eating THE fries" wrong ?


      "Des frites" (some fries) is the plural of "une frite".

      "Les frites" (the fries) is the plural of "la frite".

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