"Manges-tu des poissons ?"

Translation:Are you eating fish?

February 8, 2013



As far as I know there is no plural form of 'fish' in English (1 fish, 2 fish, all the fish). Just saying...

March 21, 2013


Actually, when talking about several species of fish, the group can be referred to as fishes.

June 28, 2013


Only accepted recently (last 10 years). "Fishes" sounds terrible.

November 21, 2014


Also, fishes is a verb

January 6, 2015


Fishes is a perfectly acceptable word. FOR EXAMPLE: Your friendship with Margo Roth Speigalman? It sleeps with the fishes.

July 10, 2015


That, and "My friend fishes" are the only times I can think of where "fishes" makes sense.

July 18, 2015


Fish is uncountable when reffering to culinary fish, as in our food. But when you're referring to the living fishes, as in species, fishes are indeed countable.

There is a difference between these two meanings of "fish", similar to flesh versus meat (though both are uncountable), pigs versus pork etc.

June 2, 2014


I love how comments like this start discussions about almost anything! Haha when I read it, it makes me feel smart xD

February 6, 2015


The same like me :D

May 31, 2015


Scientifically you can say fishes, but not in regular speech

June 7, 2015


How do you hear the difference between singular and plural here? Have I missed some sound, some sort of a clue?

March 16, 2013


I missed this, too, but I'm pretty sure it's because it sounded like "de" instead of "du". If it were "du" it would be singular, but since it was "de" which is "des", then it's plural.

April 19, 2013


Is de seperate from des meaning de is of and des is some? Thats what i believe so far but im just started actually speaking french.

June 22, 2015


You can always here it in the article "des," which sounds like DAY. You think you might of heard "de," which sounds like DEH.

June 18, 2014


Amazing streak O_o

August 18, 2015


Yeah man its the s and the les

June 22, 2015


the actual french for that sentence is "manges-tu DU poisson?" "poisson" in this case is unnumbered and is used like bread (du pain) or milk (du lait)

November 2, 2013


i thought that too, but I'm not sure if that is correct....

December 30, 2013


Same here. Can a native French speaker confirm this?

March 4, 2015


Would this be a valid way to ask someone if they WOULD eat fish? As in "Do you eat fish?"

April 7, 2013


I'm no French expert, but I think that "Manges-tu les poissons ?" would be better. "Les" can either mean plural the or in general, as in "Do you eat fish in general," while "des" usually means some, as in "Are you eating some fish."

Also, in French there is no difference between "Eats" and "Eating," you just have to figure it out from the context.

April 22, 2013


I think you're right. 'Les poissons' should be accepted for 'do you eat fish?'

December 3, 2013


Hmmm can we have this confirmed? I thought le/la/les was only used for general when used with appreciative verbs like aimer and détester?

...Okay, I found this explanation often given by French user SiteSurf on Duolingo:

"manger/eat and aimer/like do not work the same way.

manger, prendre, couper, laisser, mâcher... are action verbs, so you can always eat, take, cut, leave, chew... a certain quantity of a mass thing (ie, uncountable), ie "some of a mass". for those, you use the partitive construction with preposition de + definite article: du (=de+le), de la

aimer, détester, apprécier, haïr, préférer... are appreciative verbs and they naturally introduce generalities, so if you love meat, it is not an "undefined quantity" of meat that you will love, but meat in general, all kinds of meat (pork, beef, lamb...). for those, you use definite articles le, la, les.

So to sum it up: j'aime le poivre et je mange du poivre = I love pepper and I eat (some) pepper"

August 3, 2014


That response was amazing and perfect! Thank you!

May 14, 2015


That's what i responded and it was marked correct

September 13, 2014


Would "tu manges de poissons" work as well?

August 22, 2013


Well, it would work if you add est-ce que to the begining of the question if you type "tu manges" to be "est-ce que tu manges" and it will have the same meaning of the first question which is >are you eating< but if you don't want to add est-ce que you will have to write "manges-tu".please notice that it doesn't work with every question. Hope that helped you and i am sorry for the possible mistakes because i am not a native english speaker.

May 31, 2015


Needs to be manges-tu for a question.

December 23, 2013


I believe that SaintRidley is wrong. Tu manges is a way of asking a question in French (correct me if I am wrong, but manges-tu is more common?). However your sentence is still wrong because it should be "des" poissons since it is plural. "tu manges des poissons?"

March 27, 2014


RQ92 is absolutely correct.

August 15, 2015


No i think you can understand it but not proper cause i have not been taught this way. Manges tu- du poisson

June 22, 2015


What is the difference between manges-tu des poissons and manges-tu du poisson?

Up until now duolingo has always taught me "du poisson", now it is using "des poissons" even though it specifically said previously that uncountables use "du"...

March 27, 2014


To my knowledge, fish is an uncountable in English but not in French.

May 29, 2015


I made the same mistake, by typing "You are eating some fish?" but I guess that isn't the same question.

March 1, 2013


What's the difference between "tu mange des poissons?" and "mange-tu des poissons?" and also, in what situation do you put the action in front of the "you"?

April 24, 2015


It's also correct "do you eat fish?", just saying

February 13, 2014


Yes it is, I just used that and it worked.

May 23, 2014


How about "do you eat fish?" Is it with the "est-ce que" at the beginning? Do all yes/no questions need that?

March 27, 2014


As far as I know 1 fish 2 fish

May 26, 2015


why does it put manges-tu whats the difference between manges-tu and tu mange?

June 15, 2015


I typed exactly " manges-tu des poissons?", and it shows that i'm wrong. I don't get it.

July 18, 2013


des is the wrong part man thats all i know!

July 29, 2015


Is this the same as ‘Do you eat fish?"

May 12, 2014


Can't we say Tu manges des poissons? I am an Arab , so actually I confuse between English grammar and French's

June 7, 2014


Dans cette phrase "du" serait plus approprié que "des"

June 20, 2014


The correct answer in English is "do you want to eat some fish?" This should be accepted.

November 21, 2014


Are you eating fish

November 28, 2014


How is "manges-tu" translated as are you? Is there a vous form for manges-tu, as in mangez-vous?

January 2, 2015


i need those for the third temple!

February 6, 2015


Can this also be a way of asking someone if they want some fish? Or would that require using "voulez-vous"...?

February 8, 2015


vous is more proper on this one!

July 29, 2015


What is the differnce with will you eat some fish and do you want to eat some fish

February 15, 2015


How am i expected to know if it's said ib plural

March 1, 2015


What happened to the fishes, duolingo is now contradincting its self.

March 10, 2015


les poissons

July 29, 2015


Why isn't 'are you having fish' correct? It should be, methinks.

April 15, 2015


because that is not how french works it is very direct and its just the way their system works. oh and because manges describes the entire sentence leaving out are you having fish! So the "?" mark at the end makes your question or answer i mean more proper! etes tu a poisson that makes no sense to me! Manges tu de poisson does! Merci et bonniut!

July 29, 2015


this is bad

April 27, 2015


Is 'Did you eat fish' a valid answer(I got it wrong)?I can't seem to differentiate between the tenses in french...

June 18, 2015


your not in past tense sir so your answer was invalid.

July 29, 2015


why does manges come before tu

June 26, 2015


because in french it is the proper way to speak it! You start with the verb and then the question very acceptable! Just accept it in your head and you will be fine!

July 29, 2015



July 4, 2015


non, Oui

July 29, 2015


interesting sentence

July 7, 2015


This is a tricky French sentence... xD

July 11, 2015


no it is not just accept it and you will learn it to be common and very much correct!

July 29, 2015


Whats with the tu? Im reading through the thread and no one seems to have answered that.

July 23, 2015


tu means you foo

July 29, 2015


What's wrong with my answer, "Are you eating the fish?" ?

July 29, 2015


Ok man in french you start with the verb first just accept it for what it is and you will understand it. It is simple. So in English it is right but in french it is not so the proper is Manges-tu de possion? Or is it could be but never used is manges vous de possoin? DO NOT USE THIS ONE IT IS NOT COMMON SO IT IS NOT PROPER!

July 29, 2015


Why is, you want some fish? Wrong?

August 5, 2015


Because this sentence doesn't mean that.

August 15, 2015


OK so how does this work??

August 7, 2015


I don't remember the difference between are you and do you.

August 31, 2015
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