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"The elephants eat an apple."

Translation:Les éléphants mangent une pomme.

February 4, 2013

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

not much food for an elephant


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

They must have either much bigger apples or much smaller elephants in France than they have here.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hackneyduo1510

yeah! lots of elephants eating one apple? seriously?


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

Yes. The apple was 'trunkated' between them.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Susan836179

Yeah. Big apples and small stomachs.


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

Make that multiple elephants


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

True, it's multiple elephants who eat an apple (each).


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

Combien d'alimintation pour elephant


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/soniq2005

I can imagine a circus show with this headline...


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

I peeked at the word for elephant to check the spelling, and it showed "éléphants" as well as "éléphantes". I used the latter form and got it wrong, but wouldn't each work without any other context suggesting gender?


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

As you probably have found out since, éléphantes is for female elephant.


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

Why would you not say L'elephants mangent une pomme ?


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

Only "le" and "la" contract to "l'" when followed by a vowel sound; "les" does not.

I guess a good way to think about it is that these contractions occur to make the language sound and flow better, avoiding the awkwardness of two consecutive two vowel sounds (same principle behind using "an" instead of "a"), and with "les," there is a different principle at play to help the language sound and flow better, which is the liaison.


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

I agree with you in principle about the reason for contractions and you are perfectly correct with the a/an analogy. However in "les elephants" you are repeating a vowel sound anyway "les" = 'lay' and "elephants" = 'aylay' so in this case it does not function to smooth the double vowel.

A comparison might be the way some people in English stubbornly write "an history" even though that makes no sense unless you have a Cockney accent.


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

The pronunciation of les éléphants is not 'lay aylay...' but 'layz aylay...'. Hence there are no double vowels.


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

I believe that "les" is pronounced "lez" (or maybe "layz") specifically in order to avoid repeating a vowel sound. the singulars get contracted to avoid it, and the plural get their pronunciation changed to avoid it.


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

No, le, la and l' are singular, les is plural. In this phrase, it's "éléphants" plural.


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

Because elephants is plural, hence you have to write "les."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlisAlexan1

Why is it mangent and not mange?


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

Because the conjugation of manger for third person plural is mangent.

The verbs in French change according to the subject. This is called conjugation. It goes as "Je mange, Tu manges, Il/Elle/On mange, Nous mangeons, Vous mangez, Ils/Elles mangent". Here Les éléphants is third person plural so we use mangent.

On doit apprendre la conjugaison pour chaque verbe. Ne vous inquiétes pas! Il y a un motif.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlisAlexan1

Oh right, thank you!


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

How would you indicate that multiple elephants are sharing one apple versus them having an apple each?


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

as in English you'd have to specify 'an apple each' or each eating an apple'. i remember the word is 'chaque' but i'm not entirely sure where in the sentence to stick it :P


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CherylFont1

Think of it as each of the elephants eat apples. Its just how the french express the idea of every one in a group having or doing the same thing. Another example Les femmes portent une robe - Each woman wears a dress.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SandyChapa5

You mean one grande pomme!!


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

If the elephants are all female, would they be "Les éléphanttes" or "éléphantes" or is it spelled the same as the masculine form?


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

You all making nonsense comments, size doesn't matter.


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

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

elephants are fattys that are so fat the cause all the earthquakes


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

Why not mangents


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MohamedAla512867

It's a grammatical rule in french you cannot change, we add " ent " without "s" to plural verbs of ( ils and elles ). But of course not always, there are "drôle/irregular" verbs in french as well.


[deactivated user]

    It doesn’t exist in French at all. « Ils mangent. »


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MohamedAla512867

    Les éléphants mangent une femme :o ... oh scary


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sabrina753863

    Isn't haricots the word for beans? So that option says "The beans eat an apple" !! France has some pretty dangerous beans, if they're eating anything.


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

    when les before vowel the "s" is pronounced? also i hear it mag the n is not pronounced?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ellie.alys

    not understanding why its ent


    [deactivated user]

      The plural 3rd person (which is ils/elles = they) have -nt at the end (usually), while the singular 3rd person (which is il/elle = he/she/it) doesn’t.

      « L’éléphant mange », « il mange », « il joue » (=he plays), « il aime » (he likes)

      BUT

      « Les éléphants mangent », « ils mangent », « ils jouent », « ils aiment ».

      (Note that the -nt ending isn’t pronounced.)


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

      The elephants=they=ils They eat=ils mangent


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CristinaPh4

      Why magnet and not manges


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ryan273902

      I got it correct but i dorgit to tap pr write pomme


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

      I laughed at this sentence. It's just a bit random to me. Two elephants vs. One apple.


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

      One could imagine multiple elephants eating an apple; however, outside of the realm of imagination, this is simply not feasible and extremely unlikely. Elephants eating apples—now that makes sense.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Genevieve660404

      Whats with the feminine and masculine thing?!


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

      Why "L'elephants mangent une pomme" doesn't work with this one?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AbhijitCha9

      Absurd,rediculas, some( more than one) elephants cannot eat an apple

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