"Un animal mange une pomme noire."
One of the check choices was 'An animal eats a black girl'. I had a hearty chuckle.
"An animal eats a black apple". I've never seen black apples, must be some french variety.
Not that I am aware of. This color adjective has been chosen by Duolingo for you to learn how to agree adjectives in gender and number:
- masc sing: noir
- masc. plural : noirs
- feminine sing: noire
- feminine plural: noires
I was a little put off by the black apple and ended up typing in animal twice instead of apple. Having said that my mistake and these comments have brought to my attention the different spellings of noire which I hadn't noticed. Does it happen with any other colours?
Generally, like other adjectives, colors agree with the noun they qualify. However, there are exceptions, when the color is also a noun refering to a real thing (ex: marron=chestnut).
please read also: http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/adjectives_inv.htm
I wrote "pomme noir" by accident and they said I was correct. I believe I was not. Right?
You are right and Duo is wrong: pomme being feminine, its adjectives will be feminine as well.
duolingo has an obsession with things eating black apples, oranges, bread, other animals and humans
As I already commented, "noir" is a convenient adjective for early learners to understand how gender and number agreements are built. Many other adjectives are exceptions, but I agree with you, some variants could be welcome, like adjective "vert, verte, verts, vertes" which agrees exactly like "noir, noire, noirs, noires".