https://www.duolingo.com/selin

Les chevals mangent / Le cheval mange

From the way the voice reads phrases such as these, I have a very hard time figuring out it the sentence is in singular or plural form.

Is this a problem unique to a computer program, or does this happen with French in real life? How do you know when there is no other context?

June 20, 2012

4 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Okmin

The only significant pronunciation difference between those two is between les and le. It does happen in real life with lots of other things too, so with French you'll always need to pay attention to the articles. If you hear "lay", it's plural. "luh" or "lah", it's singular.

June 20, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/fenderman1984

The difference is indeed in the pronunciation of the article. The difference is heard.

June 21, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/christian

In this specific case, it should be easy to tell the difference as the plural of "le cheval" is irregular. It's not "les chevals" but "les chevaux". Anyway, "le" and "les" are pronounced differently. It might be difficult to tell from the computer voice, but if you listen to actual speech samples, you can hear a clear difference. http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/le#French http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/les#French

June 21, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/selin

Thank you! I'm going to try and listen more carefully for the articles.

June 22, 2012
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