"They eat an orange."

Translation:Ils mangent une orange.

March 2, 2013



It says that the answer is Ills, not elles. Should you always assume masculine tenses if not otherwise specified?

June 4, 2013


yes, by default, the form is "masculine" - which in reality is the non-marked form, ie, with no feminine mark

June 5, 2013


hello moderator :)

June 12, 2014



June 13, 2014


Would "He is eating an orange" sound the same as "they are eating an orange?"

"Il mange une orange" vs "ils mangent une orange?"

November 7, 2013


Yes it would, unless the speaker is kind enough to mark the T liaison between "mangent" and "une"

November 7, 2013


Yes. Like "you" in English

April 2, 2014


Mine says that the correct would be "Elles" and I read in the comments that the correct is "Ils", masculine and not feminine....which one is correct? Thanks

July 17, 2014


Same here. I chose 'ils' and got wrong answer.

September 6, 2014


The question says to select all correct translations so you have to select 'Elles mangent une orange' and 'Ils mangent une orange' as both of them are correct.

January 2, 2015

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There are different ways this exercise may be presented to you:

  • As a French sentence to translate to English: It may be "Ils mangent une orange" or "Elles mangent une orange". They both are translated exactly the same way to English: They eat an orange.
  • As an English sentence "They eat an orange" to translate to French. You may put either 1) Ils mangent une orange, or 2) Elles mangent une orange.
  • As an audio exercise in which you type the French sentence you hear: You need to listen carefully to distinguish between the sound of "ils" and "elles". They are easy to tell apart with a little practice. It is often impossible to tell the difference between "il" and "ils", "elle" and "elles". Sometimes there are other clues that will help in those situations. You will learn about that later.
  • From a multiple choice question such as 1) Ils mangeons un orange, 2) ils mangent une orange, 3) Elles mangent une orange. #1 has two errors (the wrong verb conjugation and the wrong article; it must be une, not "un" for the feminine "orange). The other two choices are both correct translations and you must select both of them. If you fail to mark one of the correct sentences, your answer will be counted as incorrect.

Please be aware that the answer you type may be accepted but the "correct answer" displayed may be slightly different. This does not mean that it is the only correct answer, or that it is contradicting the original sentence or the correct answer you typed. There may be many acceptable correct answers but some are better than others. Generally, the "best answer" is the one shown. Depending on the acceptable answer you enter, Duolingo may also provide an alternative way of expressing it. That does not mean that your answer is wrong (or it would not have been accepted)--only as to say "here is another way you could say it."

April 8, 2015


I'm not sure when to use mangeons/manges/mangent.someone please help. I appreciate that.=]

March 7, 2014

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The verb manger (to eat) is conjugated in the present tense like this:

  • je mange = I eat (or) I am eating. Je mange une orange.
  • tu manges = You eat (or) You are eating (this is the familiar form used to speak about people you are on a first-name basis with). Tu manges une pomme
  • il/elle/on mange = He/She/One eats (or) He/She/One is eating. The "on" is sometimes translated as "we" but used to speak of generalities, like saying "we eat" (meaning, people/you/we eat, meaning people in general). Both "il/elle" can be translated as "it" when it is known to refer to a previously mentioned noun that is of masculine gender (il) or feminine gender (elle). Il mange une orange. Elle mange une pomme.
  • nous mangeons = we eat (or) we are eating. Nous mangeons des pommes
  • vous mangez = you eat (or) you are eating (This form is used two ways: it is the polite way to say "you" (singular) or to mean "you" (more than one person). Vous mangez une pomme
  • ils/elles mangent = they eat (or) they are eating. Ils is used for "they" when the group referred to is either all male or a mix of men and women. "Elles" is used when the group referred to is all feminine. Ils mangent des pommes.

You will benefit from knowing how to conjugate a verb in English. Take a look at this link to get an idea of how conjugation works for different tenses for the verb manger. You don't have to learn all the tenses now, but you will learn most all of them before you finish Duolingo's French course. www.conjugation-fr.com/conjugate.php?verb=manger

July 1, 2014


how is the orange, feminine?

February 16, 2014


Because nouns have gender in French (but also in German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, etc...) Orange is used with "une" and "la", as a feminine noun, there's nothing to understand, only to memorize.

April 4, 2014


So am I given to understand that, unlike Spanish, the subject ("Ils" in this case) is necessary and not grammatically able to be inferred from the congugated verb ("mangent" here)?

Example: This sentence in Spanish would be "Ellos comen una naranja". However the "Ellos" is commonly left off, leaving you with the still correct "Comen una naranja."

No problem with it either way. I was just curious.

May 16, 2013


That's right, in French, you don't skip pronouns (unless you are very much in a hurry!)

May 17, 2013


what is the difference between mange, manges, and manget

May 28, 2014


Please learn the conjugation of 1st group verbs (infinitive in -er) in indicative present:

je mange, tu manges, il/elle/on mange, nous mangeons, vous (polite singular and plural) mangez, ils/elles mangent

PS: manget does not exist.

May 28, 2014


I thought nouns, both masculine and feminine, beginning with a vowel took "un"

March 2, 2013


"un" before masculine nouns - "une" before feminine nouns

April 26, 2013


No, it does not work with these indefinite articles.

March 2, 2013


why is "ce mangent" wrong

March 24, 2013


"ce" does not mean "they", but "this/that".

"they" can be translated to ils or elles.

March 25, 2013


I don't really understand why "vous mangez une orange" is wrong

June 5, 2013


"they" means ils or elles, not "vous" (=you)

June 6, 2013


Why is vous mangez wrong?

June 22, 2013


because "they" is "ils/elles", not "you/vous"

June 23, 2013


Elle and Ils are more or less the same meaning. How do I diffrentiate these two words.

July 20, 2013


Not the same meaning at all. Elle = she (ex: the girl/the woman/the femal cat) Ils = they (a goup of male for instance)

April 4, 2014


"Il mange une orange" and "Ils mangent une orange" sound really alike and how to distinguish them?

February 20, 2014


Some people makes a liaison, some don't. If no liaison: it's not possible, but it's not a problem with the context.

April 4, 2014


Why does 'mangent' sound the same as 'mange'?

June 1, 2014


The -nt is silent and the sound exactly the same :) The speaker may be nice and say// t-une orange// ^_^

June 9, 2014


All the different mangeons manges and mangent have me really confused

June 7, 2014


Technically English is only really complicates when it comes to spelling beacuse the have so many words derived from different languages ;)

June 9, 2014


I can't seem to find the difference in hearing "il" and "ils" to translate "They"

June 20, 2014


Wait should you not always refer to the masculant term when faced with an ambiguous question such as they eat an orange?

June 25, 2014


"an orange" will always be "une orange", feminine, when describing fruit.

June 26, 2014


I only got these three options: •Elles mange une orange, •Elles mangent une orange, •Elles mangent une orange. When I selected the last two as correct, it said I was wrong.

August 9, 2014


I selected the masculine, it said it was wrong. I selected the feminine, it said it was wrong. What gives?

August 19, 2014


"une orange" is definitely feminine as a fruit.

"un orange", in masculine is the way to refer to color orange: un orange brillant

August 19, 2014


Hey, why masculine? How can I guess the "correct" answer?

September 30, 2014


"they" can be "ils" or "elles", so both versions are accepted if the rest of the sentence is correct.

October 1, 2014


Hey that's not cool, the correct form is "ils" unless otherwise indicated but I got marked wrong. It even says so in the comments. Someone should fix this and/or add a note for future reference!

November 24, 2014


Did you conjugate the verb accordingly: "ils mangent" ?

If so, you have to know that "il mange" and "ils mangent" are pronounced exactly the same (homophones). So, if you got this sentence in a listening exercise (dictation), the system may not have recognized the written sentence it uses to check on your work.

November 25, 2014


it said when I clicked on "Elles mangent une orange" it was wrong... but it said correct solutions: ils mangent une orange AND ELLES MANGENT UNE ORANGE!!!! WHICH I FREAKING SAID!!!


March 13, 2015


they = ils or elles, so in a MCQ, you have to tick both versions

March 14, 2015


My reaction is the same as Ana. The red correction states "elles" (despite "ils" being given).

April 8, 2015


Confuse. Should it masculine or feminine?

May 25, 2015



May 30, 2016


Mangent is tough to use

June 25, 2016


why mangent? why not maneons?

June 27, 2016
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