"The elephants eat an apple."

Translation:Les éléphants mangent une pomme.

February 4, 2013

50 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/dessiner

not much food for an elephant

February 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/johnarnold

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

May 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/hackneyduo1510

yeah! lots of elephants eating one apple? seriously?

May 20, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/thuyduongle13

You're right.hahah

August 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Ampus_Questor

Yes. The apple was 'trunkated' between them.

November 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Susan836179

Yeah. Big apples and small stomachs.

July 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ShaneSakae

Make that multiple elephants

April 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/dessiner

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

April 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/bbiddyheff

Combien d'alimintation pour elephant

September 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/soniq2005

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

March 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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?

April 29, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/macacodeduolingo

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

October 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/bobbigmac

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

May 13, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

May 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

June 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/ksriram

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

April 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

October 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/PersistentCat

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

October 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/PersistentCat

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

October 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/AlisAlexan1

Why is it mangent and not mange?

February 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

February 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/AlisAlexan1

Oh right, thank you!

February 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Ohmariamaria

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

September 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/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

October 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

October 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Berriegirl12345

That's one big pomme!

November 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/SandyChapa5

You mean one grande pomme!!

March 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/RheaSamantha

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

June 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Smartasseissa

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

March 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/HaydenPudlo

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January 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/HaydenPudlo

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

January 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/KATYPERRYLOVER33

ok

February 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/deeptendu

Why not mangents

May 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

July 8, 2015

[deactivated user]

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

    August 4, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/MohamedAla512867

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

    July 8, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/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.

    September 6, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/SamiaELSharkawy

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

    May 8, 2017

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

    not understanding why its ent

    August 10, 2017

    [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.)

      August 4, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/dessiner

      The elephants=they=ils They eat=ils mangent

      August 14, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/CristinaPh4

      Why magnet and not manges

      September 14, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/Renaldo664334

      Heyyyy

      November 1, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/Ryan273902

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

      November 27, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/Ryan273902

      Idk

      November 27, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/PlaydeadzI

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

      December 9, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/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.

      December 24, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/Genevieve660404

      Whats with the feminine and masculine thing?!

      January 19, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/BryanARR

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

      January 25, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/AbhijitCha9

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

      October 17, 2018
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