"un măr, două mere"

Translation:an apple, two apples

November 16, 2016



Another thing to note here: the numbers one and two have masculine and feminine forms (unu/una, doi, două), the other numbers do not.

November 17, 2016


Since apple is masculine, shouldn't the answer be "doi mere" and not "două mere"?

November 18, 2016


măr (apple) is not masculine, is neutral. that's why it is un măr/ două mere

November 18, 2016


As an aside, the word măr can be masculine, but in that case it means apple tree. If you say eu am un măr, you're in fact saying either I've got an apple or I've got an apple tree.

January 8, 2017


So if I write ‘Eu am doi mere.’, then am I correctly saying that I have two apple trees?

June 7, 2017


@TobyBartels: the plural also changes, so it's "Eu am doi meri".

June 18, 2017


That does make it a bit of trick question though, as a learner you see un and think masculine.

May 16, 2018


Neuter nouns behave like masculine nouns in the singular and like feminine nouns in the plural form. "Măr " (apple as a fruit) is a neuter noun, therefore "un măr", "două mere." However, "măr" can also mean "apple tree." In this case it is a masculine noun: "măr" = apple tree (sg); "meri" = apple trees (pl)

June 4, 2019


Then wouldn't it be o mar? Accented correctly, of course, but I can't do accents on my laptop.

November 26, 2018


no no. if the noun is neutral, the first form is masculine (un măr) and the second one is feminine (două mere). there s no rule to see if a noun is neutral, i guess you ll have to learn them all

May 28, 2019


Just as in Portuguese with "um/uma" and "dois/duas" :)

December 12, 2016


Thank goodness :) I was getting worried for a second...

November 19, 2016


Thanks for the clarification.

January 12, 2019


it can be doi mere ?

April 21, 2017


It can be doi meri, when reffering to an apple tree

January 3, 2018


True. Additionally, all compound numbers ending in 1 or two are gendered, except for 11. 11= unsprezece

Unsprezece fete (eleven girls) // unsprezece băieţi (eleven boys)


12 = doisprezece (masculine) // douăsprezece (feminine).

We say: doisprezece cartofi = twelve potatoes (cartof is a masculine noun)


douăsprezece ouă = twelve eggs (ou is a neutral noun, therefore it behaves like feminine nouns in the plural form and like masculine nouns in the singular form).

June 4, 2019



November 27, 2016


This is a reference to a children's song teaching phonetics, right?

January 7, 2017


It's the Count from Sesame Street, dude.

January 8, 2017


That makes so much sense (I like Sesame Street, but I haven't watched it for a while. RIP Jim Henson)

January 8, 2017


Lmao! That's a good one grey-sparkle.

January 29, 2019


So unlike other RomLangs, Romanian does not use plural -s? Or is only in the case of some endings?

November 16, 2016


No, Romanian does not use plural -s. I confirmed this with a native Romanian speaker.

Italian is another Romance language that doesn't use the plural -s. An example: Una mela, due mele = One apple, two apples.

November 16, 2016


The -s for plural is true only for Romlangs above the "LaSpezia-Rimini" line, which means French, Venetian and Castillian to name a few. Under this line the romance languages use the last vowel to tell the number. This is true for Standard Italian, Romanian and Sicilian for exemple.

November 21, 2016


Actually, no. Venetian doesn't use the -s for plural, nor does Piemontese or Lombard. In fact, I believe no dialect in Northern Italy uses the -s form, save from some very rare ones (like the Walser)

October 16, 2018


I think the tips and notes should elaborate on the one-two rule here.

November 17, 2016


agreed natives sometimes use this to tell the gender so it's quite important in my opinion. it's also easier to memorize than "this word has "

June 19, 2018


Here's the rule for one-two:

Un - doi --> masculine nouns ("un" for singular; "doi" for plural). Ex: un băiat, doi băieţi

O - două --> feminine nouns ("o" for singular; "două" for plural). Ex: o fată; două fete

Un - două --> neuter nouns ("un" for singular; "două" for plural). Ex: un scaun (a chair), două scaune .

Remember that neuter nouns behave like masculine nouns in the singular and like feminine nouns in the plural.

The Romanian indefinite articles are: un --> singular masculine and neuter nouns

o --> singular feminine nouns

nişte --> all plural nouns

June 4, 2019


Etymology 1

From Vulgar Latin *melum, from Latin mālum. Compare Aromanian mer, Romansch mail, Friulian mêl.


măr n (plural mere)

1) apple

Etymology 2

From Vulgar Latin *melus, from Latin mālus. Compare Italian melo.


măr m (plural meri)

1) apple tree

From Wiktionary


April 14, 2017


How can I know it doesnt go like "an apple, two apples"??

August 29, 2017


Romanian use "un"/"o" both for the undefinite article and the numeral "one". When counting, the translation to English probably assumes the numeral.

One apple = un măr

An apple = un măr

One pear = o pară

A pear = o pară

October 5, 2017



One apple = un măr, unul măr (one=unul) male

An apple = un măr

One pear = o pară, unei pear (one= o =unei) female

A pear = o pară

December 6, 2017


Sorry, "unul măr" is not correct Romanian.

One apple = un măr

The apple = mărul

"Unui" (masculine/neutral) and "unei" (feminine) are the possessive forms for singular nouns. For example:

maşina unei fete (a girl's car)

maşina unui băiat (a boy's car)

For plural nouns we form the possessive with "unor" regardless of gender:

maşina unor femei = some women's car

maşina unor bărbaţi = some men's car

Unui, unei and unor are possessive indefinite articles. Definite articles are a bit trickier, but indefinite articles are relatively speaking easy.

June 4, 2019


I have the same question. There was a similar exercise where un was a/an instead of one. Given that DuoLingo doesn't present the grammar rules, it is kind of confusing.

September 16, 2017


Un is a numeral (meaning one) only when in the frase there is another numeral (over one). If you say "Eu am un măr şi o pară.", un and o are still articles.

January 3, 2018


Didnt realize apple is neutral first time i did this lesson. Masculine singular feminine plural...

April 7, 2018


I got a question: why is "un măr, două mere"? "un mar" is masculin and "două mere" is feminin. Why not is "un măr, doi mere" ?

July 4, 2018


Măr is a neuter noun, and neuter nouns in Romanian behave like masculine in the singular and feminine in the plural. It seems weird at first, but you get used to it.

Here are some examples of words and their plurals:

un copac, doi copaci (m)
one tree, two trees

un măr, două mere (n)
one apple, two apples

o masă, două mase (f)
one table, two tables

This is specific to neuter nouns, and you won't find a noun that behaves like the reverse.


April 20, 2019


Thanks a lot, the best explanation.

April 29, 2019


"Un măr" / "doi meri" is possible ONLY when "măr" means "apple tree." In this case, "măr" is a masculine noun (unlike "măr" with the meaning "apple fruit," which is a neuter noun in Romanian as explained above).

one apple tree = un măr

two apple trees = doi meri

June 4, 2019


i have a bad key bord

August 2, 2017


Hello I should get a close awnser because i put apples instead of apple so please fix this.

November 16, 2016
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