"Leur chapeau est chaud."

Translation:Their hat is warm.

February 17, 2013

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It's strange they share a hat :-) or does it make sense in French?


Yes, good question: in French, we use a singular object with a plural subject when it means "one each", whereas the English use a plural to mean the same thing.

Nonetheless, in French, there can be an ambiguity as to whether there might be only one hat for several people. I would say that it is not very likely when it comes to hats, but with a car, for example, that could be relevant.


it might mean their hat is hot as in cute?! :)


No, the French don't use "chaud" to mean cute/fashionable.


What is the trick to tell the difference between "la" and "leur"? My novice french ears is unable to tell them apart in a sentence, but individually I am able to do so i.e. "Leur" is more like "ler" and "la" is well like "la" obviously.


As you said 'leur' sounds like 'ler' or the 'oeur' in 'soeur' and 'la' sounds like 'la'


Why would you say a hat is warm?


If it keeps your head warm, if made of wool.


How do you know when it's supposed to be cap and when it's supposed to be hat? I thought they were interchangeable, but sometimes when I say "hat" it tells me it's wrong and translates it as "cap."


Chapeau is hat and casquette is cap


i said the hat is hot instead of warm


Same here. I'm not sure why hot is not a valid translation of "chaud" all of the sudden. I've reported it.


Me too and it seems a little fickle to suggest it is wrong simply because the function of a hat is too keep you warm. What if you are wearing a that hat in hot weather - both the wearer and the hat itself would or could get hot.


So that there is no ambiguity here, by no means can something like a hat that is described as "chaud" mean that it is fashionable such as "hot" could.


Manx isn't referring to the usage of "hot" as a fashion term. What he, I, and I assume Mercedes are saying is that "hot" as defined as "having a high degree of heat or a high temperature" should be a valid translation here of "chaud".


But it is, if the whole sentence is correct.


how do you differentiate between leur and leurs?


"leur" is the possessive introducing a singular possession.

"leurs" is the possessive introducing a plural possession.

And the verb is different: leur chapeau est vs leurs chapeaux sont


What does the word kepi mean? I think it also refers to a cap?


It is a military cap. You may see some if you search on Google Images.


It took me a little bit to understand this sentence. Without context, I immediately think that the hat was heated with an oven or a dryer or something. That it's warm to the touch. I don't read it as being "cozy." I'd say that the hat makes me/my head warm not that it is warm. Or I'd simply say it's cozy. To say that it is warm means it's been heated somehow.

Also, why is it wrong to translate chaud as hot? Duolingo says that chaud can mean either hot or warm. And if you're thinking it did, indeed, come fresh out of the dryer then (depending on the fabric), it can certainly be unpleasantly hot. So, what makes translating this as hot incorrect? Without context, it's a possible answer.

I understand that maybe I over-thought this sentence. However, it's a bizarre sentence that had me scratching me head for a few minutes.


On the vocal it is sometimes difficult to hear what is being said, whether something is singular or plural. `it sounded like les chapeau and not LEUR


The verb is in singular anyway: "est" and not "sont".


How can I tell from hearing that it's "Leur chapeau est chaud" or "Le chapeau est chaud"? The difference of the "r" sound is pretty small for me.


Why is" Leur capeau est chaud". incorrect?


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