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"Le riz et les pâtes"

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January 9, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/Cravate

Oh pasta is a new word now? You don't recall introducing it in the last lesson?

March 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/brianleahy

Couldn't this be "The rice and the pastas" - plural pastas? LIke if you had rigatoni AND linguini?

April 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/TFles
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Why is it "LE riz and LES pates"? You don't eat one grain of rice, just like you don't eat one spaghetti noodle. Why not "les riz et les pates?"

April 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/tirzahbk

Well, you don't exactly say, "Can I eat some riceS?" in English, do you? Same with pasta - you wouldn't say "pastas" unless you're refering to different types of pasta.

July 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Essar

You haven't answered the question, but only reinforced TFles point. If we go by your analogy: in English you'd say "can I have some rice?" or "can I have some pasta", not "rices" or "pastas", so there is NO discrepancy between them.

In French there IS a discrepancy because with one you use the singular article 'le' and with the other you use the plural 'les'.

August 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/AghaZC
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can't we plural pasta to pastas

January 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/mizenglish

I typed doughs and it said i had a typo so i guess plural is not what they're going for. I'm a little confused.

January 28, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Rachel66E

I am also confused about the les in this question. I the noun is singular why isn't it le as in the le riz.

February 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/ElizabethCL

'les pa^tes' means 'pasta'; le pa^te' means dough. Unexpected, I know.

February 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Duomail
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a hint for "pâte" is pasta too.

March 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/irisascencao

Does pâtes mean pasta and at the same time pastries?

April 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/starwatcher
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how can you tell??? especially since the first word is singular!

January 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/artsangel

There's a very subtle difference between the pronunciation of 'le' and 'les'.

January 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jdiab
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yes - "luh" vs. "lay". Just listen close and/or slow it down. You'll hear it.

January 13, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Kyozaki

With sound enabled, I failed this as I assumed it said "le pâte" as in "the dough", but it was "les pâtes" meaning the pasta, a phrase that hasn't been introduced yet. That's not very fair. I don't think we should have to rely on trial and error to pass any of these.

January 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/VagueVogue

I agree, I'm not a fan of the trial-and-error way of guessing these things.

July 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Zaira_Mariela

¿les pâtes? Is plural or singular? I think that is plural. Why the translation is singular?

March 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/shriramk

"Pasta" can be plural.

March 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jotmoxy

Yes, I also do not understand why it would be translated as "The rice and the pasta", although that is what I intuitively did, and was correct. Le riz would be singular (the rice) but les pate seems like it should be plural (the pastas).

August 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/KateYoak

Because in English we do not say "the pastas". Though we do say "the pastries". You can never translate into another language word-for-word as a lot of the times, it will make no sense. Part of what you are learning is how to use words, not just what they mean. Your intuition was right on!

August 11, 2013
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