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"Tu manges une orange."

Translation:You are eating an orange.

July 28, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LawrenceRe10

when do you use manges? and when do you use mange? or mangent? or mangez? oh mon dieu!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/arielkangaroo

You need to conjugate the infinitive (manger) here according to the subject. So:

Je mange = I eat

Tu manges = You (singular/informal) eat

Il/Elle/On mange = He eats/she eats/we eat

Nous mangeons = We eat

Vous mangez = You (plural/formal) eat

Ils/Elles mangent = They eat


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Applebono2

When I listen to the words they all sound the same. Except for mangent. Why?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/arielkangaroo

(Je) mange, (tu) manges, (il/elle/on) mange, and (ils/elles) mangent are all supposed to sound the same.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Applebono2

I meant mangez, sorry.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/arielkangaroo

That's just how it's pronounced.... (Nous) mangeons and (vous) mangez are supposed to sound different. In fact for many verbs it's the nous/vous forms which sound different while the je/tu/il/elle/on/ils/elles form sound the same (i.e. you don't pronounce the -s/-nt ending. So ils boivent for example just sounds like ils boive).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kekistanese

When should we use Mangeons instead of Mange ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/arielkangaroo

When you are using "nous" (we).

Nous mangeons une pomme = We eat an apple.

Nous mangeons du poisson = We eat fish.

"Mange" is only for je (I), he (il)/she (elle)/we (on).

"Nous or on?" answered here.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vlak2

the third person is il/elle/on, in English he/she/it, not WE!!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n6zs
  • 1977

Slow down, Vlak. The "on" in the 3rd person singular actually is used for "we" under certain circumstances. The "il/elle" variations may be used for "it", taking the place of masculine or feminine gender nouns.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ToonVdh

nous=mangeons and je=mange


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VeMemriseMaster

manges=you (informal) mange=I/he/she mangent=they mangez=you all/you(formal) savvy?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LizzyDrake1

can i still eat a boy?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jayla9693

Actually it said "une" and "une" means the word after has to be feminine and garcon is masculine but nice try!!! XD


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n6zs
  • 1977

On a surface level, you may wonder why it can't be this or that. The answer is you have to look a little deeper into the grammar of the sentence. When you see these kind of exercises -- the ones which offer you a choice of words -- you must choose the one (and only one) which correctly completes the sentence. They are almost always about getting gender agreement between an indefinite article (un/une) and the noun that goes with it. When you examine the list of choices, you will recognize that there is only one of the nouns that matches the gender of the article.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dinkarinjosh

I thought it should have been . You eat an orange. Instead of you are eating an orange. Any explanations?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/arielkangaroo

It can be either "You eat an orange" or "You are eating an orange". The present tense does not make a distinction between the two.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/frenchlearner53

Just to be clear, the French present tense does not distinguish the two.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AishaRedhead

Thank you! I was a bit confused :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HeyUhhhhhhhhh

I just learned conjugation in french and now duolingo is so much easier


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SophieLapi2

Just to help everyoneeeeeee

How to Conjugate an -er verb...

Je: Mang(e) Tu: Mang(es) Elle/Il/On: Mang(e) Nous: Mange(ons) Vouz: Mang(ez) Elles/Ils: Mang(ent)

Aller is an irregular verb... and there are a few others.. however Aller is used a lot Je: Va Tu: Vas Elle/Il/On: Va Nous: Allons Vouz: Allez Elles/Ils: Vont

Hope this was somewhat helpful...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JoyFonte

"Manger" is a regular "er" verb. Here is how to conjugate it (and other regular "er" verbs":

Je- mange

Tu- manges

Il- mange

Elle- mange

On- mange

Nous- mangeons

Vous- mangez

Ils- mangent

Elles- mangent


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RuthLehr0

how can you tell mange and manges apart by sound?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SiblingCreature

You don't. But you don't have to. You know it has to be manges because the pronoun is tu. (if it had been je, il, elle or on, then you would have had to use mange)

This handy conjugation chart may be useful to you. (Don't worry if that page seems like information overload, the part you should focus on for the time being is at the top left part of the table under the headings of indicatif and présent.)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JMarlon69800

Why they use present continuous? 'You eat' instead 'you are eating' for 'tu monges' I think so, someone can help me?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ritesh952796

Look at " tu mange un garçon " it means " you eat a boy " !!!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n6zs
  • 1977

Your sentence is wrong. Please refer to the information on conjugation given near the top of the page by arielkangaroo. First, "tu" must be used with "manges" (not "mange"). The fill-in-the-blank question uses "Tu manges une ...." and asks you to complete it. "Garçon" is a masculine-gender noun so it requires "un", not "une". So the answer cannot be "garçon". The only singular feminine gender noun that you can choose is "orange".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/elle.g.11

wait what? how is orange feminine?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n6zs
  • 1977

All French nouns have a grammatical gender (either masculine or feminine). It just happens that "l'orange" is feminine, i.e., une orange.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DawsonMoad

Why is it "orange"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n6zs
  • 1977

Because the stem of the question ends with "une" which can only be followed with a singular feminine gender noun. "Orange" is the only singular feminine gender noun on the list. None of the other choices are correct because they are plural nouns.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RiahfromTh

Why is it manges instead of mange? Does anyone know?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n6zs
  • 1977

Because the subject of the sentence is "tu" and it must be conjugated with "manges". Please refer to a conjugation chart for "manger".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OliviaMadsen

what is the difference between mange and manges


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alistersi

In English we add an "s" to the end of verbs for TPS.. but here after "tu" the verb is mange"s" ... what is the rule for adding "s" to verbs ???


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n6zs
  • 1977

It doesn't work that way. Please take a look at this link. You can open it in a browser. http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/Introduction-To-French-Verbs.htm


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SachiHiromura

What is singular and informal?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n6zs
  • 1977

Verbs are conjugated according to person: 1st person means yourself, i.e., "I"), 2nd person refers to the person you are talking to, i.e., you, 3rd person refers to someone else, neither yourself nor the person to whom you are speaking.

  • Je mange = I eat (or) I am eating
  • Tu manges = you eat (or) you are eating. "Tu" means you when speaking to a friend. It is an informal pronoun used with people who you are familiar with.
  • Il/Elle mange = He/she eats (or) He/she is eating.
  • The conjugations above ^ are singular; they refer only to one person. The conjugations below are plural.
  • Nous mangeons = We eat (or) we are eating
  • Vous mangez = you eat (or) you are eating. "Vous" may be either singular or plural. When it refers to a single person, it is the polite form, whereas "tu" is the informal form.
  • Ils/elles mangent = They eat (or) they are eating.

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FrancesMon10

When its ok to use un vs une?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SiblingCreature

Every noun in french has a gender, masculine or feminine. You need to memorise the gender of each word as you learn it, so it's a good idea to learn each word along with a gender specific article. i.e. learn that "an orange" = une orange (feminine) or "a boy" = un garçon (masculine) rather than just associating "orange" with orange and "boy" with garçon.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n6zs
  • 1977

That would be wrong. English speakers use "an" before a noun that begins with a vowel or a vowel sound.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BlueBubble67

Could it not be "Tu mange une orange" to translate to "You eat an orange"? "You eat an orange" is the same as "You are eating an orange", is it not?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n6zs
  • 1977

Please check a conjugation chart for "manger". You cannot use "mange" whenever you want. It only fits with "je mange" (I am eating) or "il/elle mange" (he/she is eating). For "tu" (the informal "you"), you must use "manges".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SeanAnthon12

Why add the s at the end of mange


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n6zs
  • 1977

Please check out the Tips & Notes on this section or look at this web site to see how verbs are conjugated in French. http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/Introduction-To-French-Verbs.htm


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BullsithDe

What the ❤❤❤❤


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_doee

I can hear something like "Tu mange orange". Is "une" even pronunced?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n6zs
  • 1977

Yes, it is pronounced. Try listening to the slow audio a few times, then listen to the regular speed. Listening practice will definitely pay off but it takes time and effort.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/420muahaha

Where is the "are" in this sentence? Is the translate of " tu manges" not; you eat an orange ? French is so ou of all reason for me. :o


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n6zs
  • 1977

French verb tenses don't correspond directly to English verb tenses. The French does not have a present continuous tense so it happens that the French present tense may be translated with the English "simple present" or the English "present continuous". Example: je mange = I eat (or) I am eating. This is not translated in a word-by-word fashion. "Tu mange" = you eat (or) you are eating.


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    Thank you for your detailed answers.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Steve161482

    On mange, Nous mange whats the difference?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheOneAndOnlyBK

    I have heard that the French are very picky about the pronunciation of their words, and do not appreciate some to speak their language, as it is more "dignified" than others. Is this true, or just a stereotype?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n6zs
    • 1977

    Like most people, there are those who will criticize your pronunciation and correct you and there are others who will be happy that you are trying to speak their language. And there are still others who will just look at you and shrug their shoulders because they cannot understand a word you're saying! ;-)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/achu99

    Does une stand for a and an pls explain


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n6zs
    • 1977

    Yes, it may be either "a" or "an", depending on the English word which follows. If the following word begins with a vowel or a vowel sound, use "an", not "a".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GOclair

    Can someone please tell me why duolingo is not useing proper tense. It makes no sence. For example, You eat an orange. Is it not "you ate an orange". Can some one please tell me why I am really curius to know.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SiblingCreature

    Without context there is no "proper" tense. Each tense has it's uses and where you are seeing sentences in isolation there is nothing to indicate why one tense would be any more appropriate than any other tense.

    Duolingo focuses on present tense to start with because it provides a good basis for learning the language. Once you have a grounding in present tense, it's a lot easier to pick up other tenses later on.

    It should also be noted that as French has no "present continuous" tense, "Tu manges une orange." could mean either "You eat an orange." or "You are eating an orange." Either could be a correct translation and which is more appropriate would normally be indicated by context.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n6zs
    • 1977

    If you are thinking only of what sounds good to your ear, you may be tempted to disregard the verb tense used in the French. That might be interesting, but it will not be correct.

    • Tu manges une orange = you eat (or) you are eating an orange
    • Tu es en train de manger une orange = you are eating an orange
    • Tu as mangé une orange = you ate an orange (a specific event in the past)
    • Tu mangeais une orange = you were eating an orange
    • Tu mangeras une orange = you will eat an orange
    • Tu vas manger une orange = you are going to eat an orange
    • Tu viens de manger une orange = you just ate an orange

    To learn another language, you will need to know how conjugation works in your own language and also in the language you are trying to learn. Try here: https://www.thoughtco.com/introduction-to-french-verbs-1371059


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dollisha.b

    Why didn't it accept pommes? Both une oranges and une pommes are feminine. Tu manges une oranges or Tu manges une pommes. Aren't they both correct?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n6zs
    • 1977

    No, because "pommes" is plural. The plural of "une" is "des". So if it was supposed to be "pommes", it would say "tu manges des pommes".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fpDx15

    "Tu manges une pomme" can be accepted?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n6zs
    • 1977

    That was not one of the choices. "Pommes" is listed among the choices but that's plural and the question is to complete the sentence "tu manges une ...." It can only be completed by a singular, feminine noun. The only singular, feminine noun on the list is "orange".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chi_1103

    So this French is the language that are spoken in France


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gary744926

    I never ever get any of the mange words correct because they are never explained anywhere


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n6zs
    • 1977

    The explanation may be found among the comments above or pull up the Tips & Notes for this section on your browser.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Demi449447

    Annoying that they don't explain why the connecting words are incorrect and what their meanings are as you go along, i keep getting mange manges and mangez mixed up but it still hasn't said what they actually mean


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n6zs
    • 1977

    For each exercise, you are shown a translation. You learn by comparing it to the given translation. You will need to conjugate verbs in both English and in French. Here is a good place to begin: https://www.thoughtco.com/introduction-to-french-verbs-1371059


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AbigailEas10

    When do we use 'one' in a translation and not 'the' or 'a'???


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n6zs
    • 1977

    Most of the time, "un" or "une" will be translated as "a" (or "an" before a vowel or vowel sound). If it makes sense to specify the number one, you may use it. Most often, it doesn't sound right in English. I.e., they are not always interchangeable.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Simon945414

    It would help here if there was a breakout on when to use manges, mange or mangez instead of keeping guessing till i spot which is male, female or plural. i know there's some rule in that.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SiblingCreature

    There is. Its right here in the comments, you just need to read whats already been written before you post. That being said, there's also a tips and notes page associated with most skills that can be read on the duolingo website.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ObamaJNR

    Please i dont understand, does 'Tu' mean "You are"?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SiblingCreature

    No, but manges could mean "eat" or "are eating".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sharai585593

    I find learning french easyish, although i do believe thats because i used to speak maori


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FredaKisse

    The word Tu sounds like"chew". Is this correct?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gessellejarrin

    You're should be accepted as you are


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mark858549

    Why is mange and manges so hard to work out? This is nuts...


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KatRose221

    I said it completely wrong and it said correct lol


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mark21361

    I'm doing it correctly but it won't let me go on


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WesleyPapp1

    French is easy who agrees


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Amy927367

    I am so confused on where and when you uses the different manges. Because there is mangez, mange, and manges. Can somebody please help me.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NarcisaPir

    Hi all . would you know why this question falls back again and over again as incorrect answer,even tough i 've given the right one?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SiblingCreature

    In order to answer that we would need to know what kind of exercise you encountered this sentence in and exactly what you answered. That being said, I recommend reading through this entire thread first as chances are your situation has already been addressed, in a response to someone else.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MichaelsLi14

    How do you know when to use mange or manges in the sentence because it is really confusing


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Markish1

    Difference... mange and manges?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Suzana759321

    At this point in grammar "you eat" and "you are eating" are deemed to be the same.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MariahBear1

    I mixed up an and are


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brandon789426

    How do I know when the "s" should appear at the end of "mange"???? I've been tossed right in, but have absolutely no grasp of the principles of the language...help?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Guest9001

    I wrote, "You are eating a cat" and its wrong! What???????


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IbrahimTar964841

    I am eating an orange


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Isak343141

    Am I oh I didn't notice


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SyafiqahNa3

    The pronunciation is very confusing. I heard Je mange une orange


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TeeaSechri

    I continually get this wrong. I dont understand why I'm getting it wrong. Sometimes its mange, sometimes manges. Whats the difference? I cant really hear one when its said out loud. Again, some guidance would be helpful.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TeeaSechri

    Everytime this word is in a question I get it wrong. I know its eat, or eating? Maybe eats? There's mange, manges (they both sound the same said out loud) and I swear I even saw it mangez or something like that before. Whats the difference???


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TeeaSechri

    An error occurred. Everytime I try to post


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andy2thousand

    What is the differenc between "vous" and "tu"?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/visceralworld

    I just realized the verb 'manges' is used with the pronoun 'you'.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Timoy8

    I made a mistake


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ana868599

    I difficult to say tu or je


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lakshya112986

    The sound is not coming clear


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nono444056

    Its not moving beyond dis point. What can one do


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fay503011

    With this sentence i understand where we get; You (tu) , une ( female an) and orange ( orange). So mange is the veb for eats , should it not be tu es mange for you are eating or am i missing some thing, not sure es is correct general un sure where we work out the you are bit help please


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ari9602

    I can never get the variations of "mange" right. (Mangez, mangeons, mange, manges) Does it have to d something with the nouns or context of the sentence?? I just don't get it.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nada91813

    Why is orange 'une'? Are all fruits using 'une'?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PKBitchgirl

    The guy is clearly saying 'Je' rather than 'Tu' but duolingo will only accept 'Tu manges une orange'


    [deactivated user]

      Let us try many times :(


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ellie_Rose1234

      I thought it was 'vous mangez une orange???'


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SiblingCreature

      That's also a valid way of saying the same thing, but it carries either a different tone or a slightly different meaning depending on context.

      Tu is informal and singular. If you are addressing a single person and you are friends with that person you would use tu, and for this sentence, manges.

      Vous is formal and/or plural. If you were addressing a group, or someone you don't know you would use vous, and for this sentence, mangez.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ScottPicke8

      What's the difference between mange and manges?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ClaireLoui566743

      I got this correct 5 times yet was told I was wrong!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ClaireLoui566743

      I got this right 5 times yet was told I was wrong!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NinjaIsntHyper

      ORANGE MEANS APPLE GET UR FACTS STRAIGHT DUOLINGO


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/computerqwerty

      Wait really? I had no Idea!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ollie.OwO

      I have trouble separating the "une" sound and the orange sound, i keep on smushing them together and it sounds like unrange


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WillHebele

      How do I know when to use mange vs manges?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mythicalru

      For a long time I've been having trouble knowing whether to use mange or manges. Only just figured out that mange is for "is eating" and manges is for "are eating". At least I think that's how it works-


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Divya978289

      When do you say mange and when do you say manges?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FindingJackie

      "mange" goes with the singular first and third person pronouns (je, il, elle, as well as any singular noun). The "s" is added for second person singular (with "tu"). Almost all verbs in all tenses must have an "s" at the end with "tu" (tu aimes, tu finis, tu prends). Some do with "je" as well (j'aime, je finis, je prends), and they never do in third person (il aime, il finit, il prend). The pronunciation is the same, however.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elise_mTaylor13

      I don't feel like they're describing the different between "mange", "manges", and "mangez."


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sydney403466

      I dont get the difference between the 3. Its frustrating!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elise_mTaylor13

      It's really hard for me too. I'm thinking about looking up ways to distinguish them.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Flying_Pen

      HOW WAS I SUPPOSED TO KNOW ORANGE I MEAN REALLY DUOLINGO?

      R E A L L Y ? !


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Angus976668

      I got it wrong because i said a not an #frenchishard


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SiblingCreature

      You do realise that that's an error in your English, not your French. right?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SiblingCreature

      I mean that whether to use a or an in an English sentence is entirely dependent on the English words used. Knowing when to use which, only requires knowledge of English, so getting it wrong can in no way be an indication that "French is hard" as implied by the OP.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Amy3500

      i think if they pronounce it slower it would be easier.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ducky344490

      I also mess up on mange and manges


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ellyr086

      I love how it rolls off the tounge☺️


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CalleenKar

      How are you supposed to do this confusing


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/massiveoof

      can i still devour multiple girls???


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/abi384574

      In french you would do une for a girl so does that mean oranges are girls


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AkshayRana891851

      Mange vs manges.. they never teach this is the app


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/olbapio

      ❤❤❤❤ life


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AshwinTama

      When do we use manges and mange?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChuChuTeresa

      Mange, manges, mangez. When to use each? Are they pronounced the same?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gabi348810

      What is the difference between manges and mangez


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CassGrace21

      I dont understand the difference between mange, manges, and mangez. Same with when they ask you if its l, le, or la. I know that things in French are either femenin or masculine, hence the un/une thing before certain words, but this doesn't seem to have the same logic.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Owenip2

      As a beginner, she speaks too fsst and make ut gard to follow


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ArchanaSoh

      French is like so so so so hard


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Charlie493702

      Can someone explain mange and mangez?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cami_garcia21

      When do you use "mange" and when do you use "manges"???


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SanjithWar

      How will you say, "You eat an orange?"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SanjithWar

      How will you say, "You eat an orange"?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

      the same. Many languages don't differentiate between those two aspects.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sushmita497687

      What is the difference between orange and oranges?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

      the same as in English: one versus many


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Raghvendra35921

      There is a reason english is widely accepted and used. Its easy to pass on even though incorrectly using it.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/snowflakeg8

      Wrong I am eating a mango ^_^


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mayigen11

      what's the difference between manges and mange?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

      The person. "mange" is the verb form for 3rd person singular (he/she/it), whereas "manges" is 2nd person singular (you).


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/COMMANDERx10

      Why does croissant have a "un" but orange and pizza have a "une"?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

      Short answer: because "croissant" is categorized as masculinum, whereas "orange" and "pizza" are femininum.
      Slightly longer: its's just because :-) I mean, because history went this path. Many languages attach genders to nouns, and in different languages the same concept is categorized differently, e.g. milk is feminine in German ("die Milch") and Spanish ("la leche"), but masculinum in French ("le lait") and Italian ("il latte"). See it as pure coincidence.

      Well, for "pizza" there is a reason: "pizza" is an Italian word. And in Italian it is femininum as well.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mayoonaise

      Why is this phrase translated into "You are eating an orange" and not only "You eat an orange"?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chloe_miraculous

      I cant get that accenttttt it is so hard


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rainers486748

      How do you say to eat many oranges? Isn't "une orange" singular?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

      Sure, "une orange" is singular, that's why the translation is "an orange".
      If you want to say "oranges", it is "des oranges", "many oranges" is "beaucoup d'oranges".


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheDragonSlayR

      Mange and manges sound exactly alike!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

      Of course they do, but "mange" doesn't fit after "tu".


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AshleyLanc9

      I thought the s was only after multiple people?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

      What are you talking about? Do you speak of the "s" in the plural of nouns?

      The only "s" i can see in this sentence is the "s" in the ending of "manges". "manger" is a verb and thus gets different endings for every person. That has nothing to do with the plural oif nouns:

      je mange - I eat
      tu manges - you (singular) eat
      il/elle mange - he/she/it eats
      nous mangeons - we eat
      vous mangez - you (plural) eat
      ils/elles mangent - they eat


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anandi196351

      What's the difference between mange and manges?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

      This has already been answered on this page. Look e.g. for one of my comments.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Joelennyqu

      Auto correct an to and


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ShawnSpens

      Why oranges not pommes if both are plural?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SiblingCreature

      Except that the orange in this sentence is specifically singular, not plural. If it were plural the sentence would be Tu manges des oranges. rather than Tu manges *une* orange.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnneChrist915070

      Typo error in response


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tamadour8

      When i use mange,manges and mangez


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

      Verbs are conjugated (i.e. change their ending, depending on gender and number of the subject). "mange" is for "je" ("I") as well as il/elle" ("he/she/it"), "manges" is for "tu" ("you" (one person informal)) and "mangez" is for "vous" ("you" (several people or formal)).


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Esi810294

      Can you also translate it as 'You eat an orange'?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/grace730816

      what the different of TU MANGES and VOUS MANGEZ.. i dont kbow anyting hhh..


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

      In contrast to many other languages English does not differentiate between formal and personal as well as between singular and plural when addressing people.

      As a result the English word "you" has, depending on the target language, up to 4 different translations. In French you can find 2 of them.

      "tu" is only used to address one person you know quite well, e.g. family members, close friends or children.. If you address other people, as well as if you address more than one, You" has to be translated by "vous".
      And the two get different verb forms as well.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BrockAsmus

      If you click on the words it tells you the meaning


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rosa297307

      Difference between? Manges Mangez


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

      Different verb forms for different persons (personal pronouns):
      tu manges
      vous mangez.

      Concerning the different types of "you" see one of my other comments on this page.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rosa297307

      Difference? Manges Mangez


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Julianna577910

      Uggghhh. I find this impossible: what is the difference between all the 'mange' -s?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

      This has already been answered numerous times. Please read the other comments, e.g. the bigger one by me.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/D-i-l-l-o-n

      perhaps "filles" is not the most appropriate option as an answer...


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

      uhm, what are you talking about?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lily803672

      Y is it manges and not mange?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

      because it is "tu" and not "il/elle".


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lily803672

      Why is it manges and not mange?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

      Because it is "tu" and not "il/elle".


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/yam499247

      what monge or monges


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

      Read the other comments. This has already been answered a thousand times.

      And it is "mange" and "manges", not "monge" and "monges".


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aman883185

      dont know the difference between mange and manges


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

      Please always read the other comments first before asking the same question over and over again. This has already been answered.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chloe_miraculous

      I like hou you can put 'tu mage une filles '


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

      This sentence doesn't make any sense. Do you mean "Tu manges une fille"?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/uwunoowo

      Why is mange and manges diffrent?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

      read the other comments before asking the same question again and again


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

      That doesn't make any sense. It's like saying "You eats one girls".


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gavin49922

      Hey fool thoight you said Monday for mange


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AliZ246754

      Do you pronounce "mange" and "manges" differently?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

      no (only if "manges" is "ligated" with the following word, you could sometimes hear the "s").


      [deactivated user]

        Lots of comments here.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bwanachekl

        Nothing is hard when you really want it


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Avneet16890

        when to use mange and when manges? whats the difference


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

        This has already been answered numerous times. Read the other comments before repeating the same question.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Parker1050

        What is the difference between when to use mange and when to use manges?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

        read the other comments before repeating the same question again and again.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Taksakra

        Why not 'Tu mange une orange'?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

        Because the correct verb form for "tu" is "manges. It's as if you ask why you can't say "I is" or "you am".


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deb202681

        How do I know when to use mange or manges?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

        read the other comments


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/richasingh102179

        Difference between mange ang manges?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

        read the other comments. This has already been answered a thousand times.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Holden985902

        Tu manges un garcon ...


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WhatAPotato

        ...Why are both the other options people...?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CatalinaS.11

        No estaba 'an' ☹️


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeahDomini1

        Some words are hard to pronounce in french..


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sama154786

        Too hard to deal with


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HudsonCarv14

        When should I use 'manges' and when should i use 'mange'?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

        This has already been answered several times. Read the other comments.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Roman690894

        When do you say "Mange" ve "Manges"


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

        This has already been answered. Read the other comments, e.g. mine.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SoccerLeoMessi

        I spelled "eating" wrong I spelt it like eting because I am a fast typer


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Josie732492

        how do you tell whether to use un or une


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

        You should always read the "tips and notes" (lightbulb symbol). There this is explained. "un" is for masculine words, "une" for feminine ones.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IvyFratpie

        not saying duolingo is bad, but its always trying to make you feel good about yourself


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Raaaaz1

        Un is used for both a and an ??


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

        the phenomenon "a" vs. "an" has no correspondence in most other languages.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/j.wilder

        Why isn't the liaison pronounced here between "manges" and "une"?

        Edit: I believe I found the answer in Remy's comment here, essentially that grammatically it should be pronounced but that colloquially it generally isn't:

        https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/90780/Tu-manges

        "...when ["manges" ] is...followed by a word starting with a vowel you are supposed to pronounce the liaison with... the next word. [For example]:

        'Tu manges une pomme.' can be pronounced 'Tu manges-Z-une pomme' (in colloquial French, it is rarely pronounced though)."

        Understanding when a liaision is mandatory, voluntary (such as here, apparently), or just incorrect is definitely a gray area for me.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GSquared5

        Es mas facil entender Frances cuando sabes español y ingles. im no so good with spanish but i can speak it


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NinjaBlade4

        y r u all so tryhard ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lee983540

        Where does "are" come into play? It reads to me "You eating an orange."


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

        French doesn't have progressive tenes. So "tu manges" can be translated as "you eat" (literal) as well as "you are eating". There is no equivalent of "are" in the French sentence and there need not be one.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/french17667

        How do i tell the difference between saying manges and mange?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

        They sound exactly the same. But you can know which one is correct when you look at the subject of the sentence. "manges" is for "tu" (2nd person singular).


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chris574319

        Es isn't an option or showing in the sentence. So how would it be "You are eating an orange"?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

        French (as many other languages) doesn't have progressive tenses. So "tu manges" means "you eat" as well as "you are eating". There are no French translations of those sentences that use "es".


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ARF93235

        How is it not a question like, are you?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MelissaPis5

        I can't really hear the difference in the pronunciation of mange and manges. Is there one?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

        There is none. But from the grammat it is clear which one fits where.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/henchook

        Pourquoi "tu mange une orange" n'est pas accepté?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

        parce qu'il n'est pas "tu mange", mais "tu manges".


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jamaicanqueen123

        bonjour quand tu manges et mange. What is the difference, need to make it more clear probably in the corner you should leave a tip for the verbs or nouns that certain people don't get to help them remember.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

        "tu mange" does not exist. The verb form suiting "tu" is "manges".
        "tu mange" would be as weird as saying "you eats" in English.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HisWife42069

        I pressed the wrong one


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SeerSamuel

        Why is 'es' missing?

        I thought 'es'meana are


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sarah816475

        What is the pronounciation difference between manges and mange


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

        there is none. But nevertheless it is clear when to use which one.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Valerie292062

        It doesn't even let me finish before it says WRONG!


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DushyantSi156007

        I always get confused between mange and manges.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AdanelyMun

        I say the right thing but it says I got it wrong because of the word UNE, i pronounce it tho.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KVnf13

        Nice rhyme....lol


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pr0fM1nM1n

        'Une' rather then 'un' is for an when the next word begins with a vowel and also for referring to a female/feminine subject?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

        Only the latter. Whether the word stars with a vowel or not doesn't matter. French is not English.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mauricio945478

        What is the difference between "mange" and "manges" ?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

        "mange" is 1st or 3rd person singular
        "manges" is 2nf person singular


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeonelAlan16

        Mange and manges sounds really similar.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

        It sounds exactly the same. But grammar teaches you when to use which one. Only one of them fits in any given sentence.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lele485876

        It means you are eating an orange


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DolapoAnif

        I feel it should be written as "Tu est manges une orange (You are eating an orange)". Where do we have are(est) in the statement but in translation we have are(est) present.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

        "tu est manges" is grammatically nonsense. That would be like saying "you are eat" in English.
        And there is no progressive form in French. "tu manges" is "you eat" as well as "you are eating". So there is no room for an "est" in the sentence.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tris-xs

        Why is it "Une" and not "Un" ?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

        Because "orange" is feminine.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EtaRukeNyo

        I speak a little french


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sarah365436

        Why is it manges but not mange?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

        Because this is the verb form used for 2nd person singular ("tu").


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NicholasDa526171

        i did not capitalise my Y


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

        This cannot have been your only error. Duo doesn't consider capitalization at all.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nik9691

        "You eat an orange" is wrong?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ajpunta

        procvičuji si francouštinu a angličtinu zároveň


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kudrat302488

        Pronunciation of orange


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vivian250955

        Why would you just state to someone's face, "you are eating an orange"? they know that!


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SiblingCreature

        That would depend on the context. The most obvious example that comes to mind is when that happens to be the answer to a question. As an example... "What makes you think that?" "You are eating an orange." I'll leave what "that" might happen to be to your imagination. :-)


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/megan413681

        surely it should accept 'one orange' as well as 'an orange' since une is singular?


        [deactivated user]

          Un and une are indefinite articles. Saying in English one is a very definite way of counting just as the is definite. Keep learning French. It'll come with more practice and reading about grammar


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n6zs
          • 1977

          Either "un" or "une" may be "a" or "an". It depends on the English noun that follows whether you use "a" or "an". For nouns that begin with a vowel or vowel sound, you must use "an", not "a".


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Learner714119

          What is the translation of 'you eat an apple'


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n6zs
          • 1977

          It may be either "Tu manges une pomme" or "Vous mangez une pomme".


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elise_mTaylor13

          But why does it have 2 translations when there's only one sentence?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_peas_

          One of the options was pomme, which I think means Apple, and I wonder why it's not correct... can anyone help me understand why? Because, I can say "Tu manges une pomme", right? Or does Pomme not mean apple?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n6zs
          • 1977

          The choice was "pommes" (plural) so you cannot say "tu manges une pommes". It would have to be "tu manges des pommes" (you eat apples). Since you are trying to complete the sentence "tu manges une ...", the only thing that can follow it is a singular, feminine gender noun. The only one that fits that description on the list is "orange".


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LailaM.Man

          When do you say mange and when do you say manges?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n6zs
          • 1977

          Please read the comments above for your answer.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ashleigh.G.16

          What is the difference between mange and manges


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n6zs
          • 1977

          Please read the comments for the answer.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeeRachelC

          When do i use mange and when do i use manges?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n6zs
          • 1977

          The answer is already posted in the comments. Please read them before posting a question.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ObamaJNR

          Please i don't understand.

          Does 'Tu' mean "You are"?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MasterLingard177

          Translation:You are eating an orange. wrong its You are eating an orange


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SiblingCreature

          That probably means you made a typo that you didn't see. When I've encountered similar responses I've sometimes had to read what I typed very carefully to see what I did wrong, but it was always because of a mistake on my part.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Amy927367

          I am so confused on how and when to use the diffent words for eating. There is mange, manges, and mangez. Can someone please help me?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Glaidr

          Monge and monges sound the same, and in this example, it could be either!! I think a better example could be used


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

          First of all, it is "manges" and "mange".
          That said, of course both sound the same, but after "tu" it can only be "manges"".


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alene422179

          Tu mange une orange. It is correct and was judged wrong. How can i trust this translation.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

          It is of course not correct. It must be "Tu manges une orange".

          You wrote something like "You eats an orange".


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lee983540

          Where does "are" come into play here? It reads to me, "You eating an orange."


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

          Please don't repeat quuestions. This only clutters the comments.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda702401

          I answered this question. Correctly


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda702401

          I gave this as my answer


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Patrick133962

          Thy fgjv it xyhdjfgzyxjfh h.c giif i'n ufncjglyfugHhfutjgjgudfo


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tris-xs

          why is it Une and not Un


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fehrerdef

          Don't repeat questions.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SarpreetTo

          Can you put me some easy once


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kevin974590

          1111 zzz x 2l11q 6g bqy


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kevin974590

          Gql9lauPlz la6laa5li.a


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kevin974590

          .. . ... t2l. ... r.el


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kevin974590

          Ffcccc l.m-[ 6themo1 .ki !+(Mlq1l1!?)l5t but 1


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Crystalii1

          Anyone else disturbed that whoever got it wrong said they would eat a boy... Just me? Okkkkk! xD


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n6zs
          • 1977

          The lesson is to teach you that you must match the gender of the noun with the gender and number of the article that precedes it, i.e., une orange (an orange). The other nouns on the list shown to you were all plural nouns and cannot be used with "une" (which is the singular feminine article).


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MeghanEaso

          What is the differance between mange and manges?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n6zs
          • 1977

          It may be the first time you are aware of this but please read the comments to find that the answer to your question is already there.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ravengirl13

          Why does it keep telling me I'm wrong when I put "a" instead of "an"? Une translates too a/an/any.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n6zs
          • 1977

          It will keep doing that because you keep putting it in wrong. "Une orange" = an orange (not "a orange"). That is not going to change. So you have to understand why. It's because whether it is "a" or "an" depends on the next word (in English). You can't say "une" is always going to translate to a specific word. Even the simple un/une is affected by the context of the sentence.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elise_mTaylor13

          "A" goes before any word beginning with a consonant, and "an" goes before a word that starts with a vowel. If it's grammatically incorrect it will mark it wrong


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sonny852458

          why is my answer "pomme" not accepted? im confused.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n6zs
          • 1977

          What kind of exercise did you have? Multiple choice? Translate from English? Type what you hear? Sliding word-tiles? What? If translating from English, "an orange" = "une orange". If selecting from a multiple choice list, was the stem "tu manges une ..."? There is no "pomme" available on that list. You can usually resolve your own question if you stop and examine the sentence carefully. Next, read the comments. If you still can't figure it out, feel free to post your question.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LucySmith589585

          It wasn't accepted because "pomme" means apple. The answer is "Tu manges une orange." Which, if you were unaware means: "You are eating an orange. " No offence but it's kind of obvious, you used the wrong fruit.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ausllydawsoon

          So basically, french grammar is the opposite of english grammar when it comes to SVA? Like, use "mange" if the subject is singular and add an S (to make it "manges") if the subject is plural? Did I get it right?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n6zs
          • 1977

          No, it is that French conjugates its verbs differently than in English. In English, "eat" is used for: I eat, you eat, we eat, they eat and "eats" is used for "he/she" eats. But in French, there are FIVE different verbs that must be associated with the correct pronoun (I, you -singular-, he/she, we, you -plural- ,they).

          • je mange = I eat
          • tu manges = you eat
          • il/elle mange = he/she eats
          • nous mangeons = we eat
          • vous mangez = you eat
          • ils/elles mangent = they eat

          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ShaynaCarrington

          I WANT TO USE "MANGEZ''


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n6zs
          • 1977

          You may translate a written exercise as "vous mangez une orange", but if you have a "type what you hear" exercise, you must type is exactly as it is spoken.

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