"Are these your new pants?"
Translation:C'est ton nouveau pantalon ?
For an English speaker all the rules in French about about pronouns and articles are frustrating until you realize that often those same pronouns and articles are the only clue you have as to the gender and plurality of the adjectives and nouns that follow.
When you hear the easily distinguished C'est at the beginning of sentence you are getting a very large signal about what is to follow. If you hear Ce sont you are getting an entirely different signal.
When listening, the only way I can tell pain from pomme is that it is du pain and that sounds very different from la pomme. When listening to the Duo robot I truly need that article.
Can't remember if pantalon is plural or singular in French. No prob. Don't even waste time thinking about. C'est at the beginning of C'est ton nouveau pantalon ? tells you all you need to know.
I recognize that you were given the English not the French to translate. Here the solution is reversed. If you can remember that pantalon is singular and masculine then everything else in the sentence follows.
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The repetition that Duo enforces will soon have you remembering the gender of nouns. The articles that French demands will tell you the number.
Translate "Are these your new pants?" to French.
So in English you can't refer to two pairs of pants just as pants?
I mean, if it does not ONLY mean one pair of pants, then the plural version should be right.
I'm not a native English speaker, so I'm really not sure of this.
In English, to refer to pants in plural you need to say x pairs of pants. Pants by itself is considered to refer to one pair. Originally the legs were separate from the upper portion. When they were joined together to form one unit, English speakers chose to focus on the number of leggings involved.
In French, since you have only one item you use the singular form.
Correct (for English).
How many pairs of pants are you bringing? At least six.
Pairs are not needed in the answer because it has been mentioned previously.However if you did feel the need to include pants they you say six pairs of pants.
Of course, you may run into someone who feels it is a waste of time to follow that particular rule.