https://www.duolingo.com/Dathousecat

"Leurs femmes"

Says it will take women and wives but only takes wives.

January 21, 2013

9 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Remy
  • 989

Hi, when there is a possessive before "femme" or "femmes", it would not be correct to translate "femme(s)" as "woman" or "women", since they do not belong to men.

That is why in such cases, we only accept "wife/wives" or "spouse/spouses" as translations for "femme/femmes".

January 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems

How would you then word this in French? (The second sentence)...

  • "I really love Austria. The landscape, the music, the food and the culture are all fantastic!"
  • "And their women are nice too!"
January 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

J'adore l'Autriche. Le paysage, la musique, la cuisine et la culture sont fantastiques. Et ses femmes sont sympa aussi!.

January 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

Comment on my translation: "ses" is singular because it relates to "Austria". The plural in women remains a plural, since Austria is not a husband!

January 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems

Thanks!
To me "ses femmes" doesn't sound right in this sentence but "leur femmes" does. I've been speaking incorrectly for a long, long time. :(

January 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Remy
  • 989

Hi, thanks for your useful comments.

Just one think Hohenems: "leur femmes" is not correct, it should either be "leurs femmes" or "leur femme".

January 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

I would like to add one thing: in English, when you have several owners and one thing possessed per owner, you find a plural : "they come with their wives".

In French, as soon as you want to express that each owner has only one "thing", you keep singular: monogamous: "les hommes viennent avec leur femme" polygamous: "les hommes viennent avec leurs femmes"

January 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Remy
  • 989

Thanks Sitesurf! I changed all sentences with "their wives", and now the correct translation on French is "leur femme" (but the plural "leurs femmes" is still accepted).

January 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

Merci bien.

January 22, 2013
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