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"Ils ont un journal."

Translation:They have a newspaper.

February 13, 2013



I don't remember ever learning the conjugation "ont". when is it used?


Third person plural of 'avoir'. I suggest with duolingo, or any language program, you invest in a used french text (amazon sells used books) or just a basic french language book. It will show the conjugations and basic grammar. Makes it easier. Also, if you cursor over the word 'ont' here you'll see 'conjugations' pop up.


You might want to download the free app Conjugate French. I toggle back and forth to it when I do the exercises. It's a terrific resource.


What is the actual name of the app used? I put in Conjugate French (in Google Play) and got a bewildering assortment of titles Not one called Conjugate French!! Help lol


Is there a difference when saying "Il sont" and "Ils ont" out loud? Just wondering if I should hear a difference between the two.


In the case of "ils ont," there should be a "z" sound: il zont. It will be slight.


Makes sense - thanks!


imagine if we use it in an emergency, and the listener misunderstood it


why is here "ils" instead of the "Ce" previously explained? they said that "ce" is used when the noun has an article and here it has


I have the same question. The page SiteSurf referred us to says to use "c'est / ce sont etc" if it's followed by a noun. This has completely confused me.


I think...The 'ce' is used for sentences using the verb 'etre' (conjugation: 'sont'), not the verb 'avoir' (conjugation: 'ont').


You do not use "C'est' because they chose to use "Ils ont" instead. It shows possession. Saying "C'est une journal" you would be correct, but that means, "It is a journal."


Is this one newspaper amongst the group or one each per group member? How would we make that distinction?



The heading "One Each" at the bottom of that page says the following about indefinite articles (i.e. un/une/des):

"The indefinite article doesn't always refer to just one thing. Sometimes, it can mean one thing each. Consider these examples:

"Ils ont un manteau — They have one coat / They each have one coat Ils ont des manteaux — They have some coats / They each have some coats"

Seems a bit confusing, huh? How does one know whether they, as a group, have one newspaper or whether they each have one?


Good question. I assumed it meant one newspaper among the group. I could be mistaken, though.


Theyve a journal what

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    If "they" can be either masculine (ils) or feminine (elles), what do you use when refering to a group of both male and female (or unknown)?


    you use ils. to clarify: elles is for a group consisting of women only. ils is for pretty much every other options, whether 0,000000000000000001% are male or 100% you use ils.


    I know earlier they asked me to write, "Do they have a newspaper" and I think that one had a dash. Can someone provide some insight as to the difference?


    I don't remember that sentence. Was it: Ont-ils un journal? This sentence shows a question with the subject and verb reversed; hence, the hyphen.


    how you diference Ils (they) from Il (he) in pronunciation? they sound exactly the same...


    usually u have to guess from the word that comes after. For example, Il sont will sound as it's written with strong 's' sound whereas Ils ont will sound like Il zont. Or obviously the differently conjugated verbs.


    doesn't "a" also mean "have"? "a" can be only used for a third single person?


    should "journal" also include a magazine?


    I believe 'magazine' in french is 'une revue'.


    I think revue is review (revisar) in spanish at least thats what you get when you put it in google translator


    it's either un magazine or un périodique. periodique contains the meaning of periodical publication.


    I accidentally wrote "they have a journal" and I was marked correct. Is "journal" in English right as a translation from "journal" in French?


    I answered, "Ils ont ton journal" (they have your newspaper) … any "tricks" on distinguishing between a liaison sound AND two separate words? "ont un" et "ont ton" sound the same when spoken, no? As a note, in my case, this exercise was listening to spoken French and writing what was said (there was NO translation).


    I always thought journal was diary?


    I listened very hard and there is no indication of an 's' or 'z' sound...is 'ont' only used in plural form? Is that why I lost a heart? sobs


    I thought you had to put emphasis on the z ils z ont ils zont sound I only hear il ont not il zont


    The word "un". When it is translated to "some" and when to "one"?


    ont shouldnt be used at this time! They didnt even put it in orange!


    is newspaper an uncountable noun>?


    "Newspaper" is countable: one, two, three, four newspapers. Compare that to "flour," which is uncountable. Can't have one, two, three, four flours. The flour would have to be put into a countable form/container. One CUP of flour (counting the cups). Two BAGS of flour (counting bags). Three POUNDS of flour (counting pounds). It's a simple test once you get the hang of it.


    oh thanks! i always thought it was uncountable!


    Can this be translated as they each have a newspaper. I seem to remember that where the subject is plural in French they just give one item between them all whereas in English we would say they have newspapers?


    What Is Correct Pronunciation when we speak about "ont", is T silent or not?

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      I mostly get confused with "Une" and "Un" because in the french version une has an e at the end but un does not. Mostly when I do the lesson it says one is correct then another time it says a difefrent one is correct.


      Sorry but I forgot to comment on 'La tortue manges les pâtes'. So, why is the circumflex used? Why isn't it 'La tortue manges les pâstes' so that it sounds like 'pasta'? Well, the circumflex (or chapeau, literally 'hat') is used to indicate that there was an 's' before. If you see any loanwords, those will have an 's' in it. Example- fête


      "They each have a newspaper" should be correct, no?

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