I am really struggling to hear/tell the difference between mange and mangent. How can we tell the difference?
None to be heard in this sentence. The oral sign for you to understand that it is plural is article "les" (pronounced differently from "le") : http://translate.google.fr/?hl=fr&tab=wT#fr/en/le%2C%20les
It depends on what the words are before it that you see in the sentence,but not even the most fluent in french would not be able to identify it alone.
it is not an audio mistake. try hearing the differences in google translator
misterbusz- les enfants lisent,plural and l'enfant lit (sing), if you learn the conjugations you'll see the difference and you'll know when it's sing. or plural.
ha I thought I was sooo clever figuring out that it was plural, and then I STILL lost a heart for spelling mangent wrong... getting better though! :)
awesome- du is always in front of a masculine noun : du vin, du pain, du chocolat. De for something made of or made for : robe de velours / velvet dress. souliers de travail / shoes for work. C'est l'auto du patron / It's the boss'car. la poupée de ma fille / my daughter's doll.
apparently, the singular 'le' sounds like LU and plural 'les' sounds like LE. oh boy
The third person plural verbs (they) in French (the ones ending in -ent) are said like the first person singular (I). So the -ent is silent. :) You would say mangent like mange.
i guess when saying 'les' the sound is more like the 'le' part in 'less' in english. when saying 'le' it is more like the name 'lou' pronounced in english.
I translate it as "They boys are eating some of the bread." Why it is not correct?
linguistudent, the (article)= les and they (pronoun) = ils. With a noun, you have to use an article not a pronoun.
There seems to be no difference in pronunciation between singular and plural in this sentence.
What is the difference between mange and mangent? I hear them pronounced the same...
Yes, they are pronounced the same.
Have a look at the whole conjugation in present:
- je mange, tu manges, il/elle/on mange, nous mangeons, vous mangez, ils/elles mangent.
So, the subject or other words in the sentence will help you to determine which form of the verb it is.