More prior practice with the word, ont, would be helpful. I could not decipher it. Perhaps, a re-introduction to the word at the beginning of the lesson work work well. Just a suggestion. :-)
But "nous enfants" doesn't really mean anything. You can't translate it if you don't know what it means. If you think about it, you will realize that, Oh, it must be "nos enfants".
yes, because it is a mandatory liaison with a word starting with a vowel: NOS_Z_ENFFANTS
Exactly! And there should also be a liaison between enfants and ont, so it is clear that is doesn't say "sont"
Because "enfants" is plural: the speaker has more than one child;
our child = notre enfant
our children = nos enfants
It sounds to me like there is a liaison between "enfants ont". I thought plural subjects did not liaison. Otherwise there is no way to tell the difference between "enfants ont" and "enfants sont". Am I wrong or is the pronunciation wrong?
Right, the liaison after "enfants" is unwanted.
However, for your information: "ils ont" and "ils sont" are distinct even with the liaison:
ils ont = il-Zon
ils sont = il-SSon
in the absence of any clue about the sex of the cat, it is assumed that it is "un chat" (representing the generic species)
Because it is nicer to the ear and easier to utter (ON-T-UNE) than the sound conflict generated by two successive vowel sounds (ON-UNE).
"Nos" is the plural of "notre". So if the possession is a plural noun, you will use "nos enfants" (our children) and if the possession is in the singular, you will use "notre enfant" (our child).
"Nos enfants/our children" is a plural subject, so you need "have".
To use "has", you would need "notre enfant/our child" as the subject.
Please learn the conjugation of verb "avoir" in present:
j'ai, tu as, il/elle/on a, nous avons, vous avez (polite singular and plural), ils/elles ont.
Thanks for giving time for such a petty and silly doubt! Much appreciated :)
Hi can you give me some insight on why Notre fits in with Il/elle/on? Thank you! I feel like I'm missing something here.. please and thank you. I read so much but I'm still so confused.
Notre fils = our son: 2 owners including me, 1 son.
- notre fils a un chat = our son has a cat (subject in 3rd person singular)
Nos enfants = our children: 2 owners including me, 2 or more children.
- nos enfants ont un chat = our children have a cat (subject in 3rd person plural)