"Les pommes sont rouges."
Translation:The apples are red.
You know that it's a plural from the verb conjugation For ex: "sont" indicates that the subject is plural.
Why does "the apples are red" translate to "les pommes sont rouges", but "the shoes are brown" is les chaussures sont marron", without the plural "s" in marron?
It's because "marron" is an invariable adjective, so it doesn't change to agree with the gender or number of the thing it is modifying. Usually it's because the adjective is derived from a noun (in this case, the noun "le marron" means "chestnut"). Here's a list of some invariable adjectives in case you are curious, but most of them you probably won't use much when you're just starting out: http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/adjectives_inv.htm
It's kinda complicated. I only know because I started learning french in kindergarten. marron is a fruit, and if a color adjective is something real (e.g. a fruit, flower, gem, ect.), then it needs no s or other plural designator to show that it's plural.
It doesn't sound exactly the same-- "le" and "les" are pronounced differently. You can hear the two side by side here: http://www.forvo.com/word/le_-_les/
If you're having trouble telling whether the sentence is singular or plural, you can also always look at the verb. Here, "sont" is the third person plural form of the verb "être," so if you're listening, you know the subject has to be plural. The third person singular form is "est."
It can be difficult to tell the difference at first, but with a little practice, you'll start hearing the little details that give you clues as to whether something is being used in its singular or plural form.
In this case, if you know that "pomme" is feminine, that will also help you because the singular would be "la pomme est rouge" (not "le pomme sont rouge").
Also, "pomme" is female, so it is only "les" when plural. Otherwise, it should be "la"
it's because in french, everything sounds like there's no s. in fact, i would say the easiest way to know that something's plural would be to notice that the conjugation is sont, not est!
Its because of the way french sounds. You dont need to hear the plural as long as you know what it means.
You use "sommes" after "nous" and u use "sont" after other things like "Les filles sont". To say "you are" you would say "vous etes" and to say "You are" to a friend you would say "Tu es"
Because when a noun becomes plural, even if it's femina, it changes form to masculin; la pomme->les pommes
because it's plural masculine singular: le feminine singular: la feminine AND masculine PLURAL: les so basically, if it's masculine OR feminine, as long as it's plural, it's les.
it is in duolingo, but the correct pronunciation is: le: luh la: lah les: lay