"The man and the woman have children."
Translation:L'homme et la femme ont des enfants.
I have no idea why I wrote 'l'homme et la femme mangent des enfants'. O_O
I think you wrote "mangent" because a lot of the lessons are about eating. I get hungry practicing my French.
A tip for you: Put the object in the singular form: "the man and the woman have a child", then you understand that "a" stands for "one". In French: "l'homme et la femme ont un enfant".
Now, back to plural: in English, "a" has no plural, but in French there is a plural indefinite article: "des".
So the sentence translates to "l'homme et la femme ont (un enfant) // (des enfants)"
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Ikr. Plus the dictionary hints don't say to put "des" I hate it!! >:(
Put "children" in singular: The man and the woman have a/one child = L'homme et la femme ont un enfant.
The plural therefore means "more than one child" and the plural of "un" is "des": des enfants.
I get the same feeling, too, only the word "femme" seems masculine instead of feminine to me:D
Think femme and clue your mind to think femme (fem) as like female (fem).
Avoir (to have) ils/elles -> ont "Ils/elles ont des apples" -> "They have (some) apples."
Être (to be): ils/elles -> sont "Ils/elles sont riche" -> "They are rich."
Even though 'ont' and 'sont' may be conjugated from the same subject pronouns (Ils/elles) and may also look similar, they are actually two different irregular verbs (avoir & etre) with their own different meanings! Good luck on those two, it make take some time to memorize them, but it'll be worth it in the end!
L'homme et la femme avons des enfants can this be a correct answer instead of ont des enfants
No, l'homme et la femme = il + elle = ils, so the conjugation must be the one of 3rd person plural:
j'ai, tu as, il/elle/on a, nous avons, vous avez, ils/elles ont
Sont is the third person plural of être, "to be". Ils/els sont. L'homme et la femme sont riches.
"Des" is the plural of "un" or "une", as "les" is the plural of "le" or "la".
"Le" is naturally pronounced [luh]
Homme has a mute H, which means that it is pronounced [om].
To French ears, there is a vowel sound conflict between "le" and "homme" and this is why "le" is elided (drop the vowel and replace it with an apostrophe) so that only the "L" sound remains. So "l'homme" is the required form and the pronunciation is [lom].
"Ont" is from the verb "avoir" (to have) and "sont" from the verb "être" (to be).
When to use ont and when sont still buggs me. Im new to plurals though. Could anybody please help me with some techniques/tricks, so I can learn these faster and in more effective ways?
Verb "être" (to be) in present: je suis, tu es, il/elle/on est, nous sommes, vous êtes, ils/elles sont
Verb "avoir" (to have) in present: j'ai, tu as, il/elle/on a , nous avons, vous avez, ils/elles ont.
"Ont" is reserved for 3rd person plural subjects: ils/elles (they), "men/women", plural nouns, etc.
You have to learn the conjugation for the verb "avoir" in present together with the grammatical persons:
- j'ai, tu as, il/elle/on a, nous avons, vous avez, ils/elles ont.
"Des" is the plural of "un" or "une". It is the plural indefinite article that English does not have. It is required with the meaning of "more than one".
In singular, this sentence would read:
The man and the woman have a/one child = L'homme et la femme ont un enfant.
I didn't Understood the meaning of des. Can anyone please tell me the exact meaning of des
I did not understand
"des" is the plural of "un" or "une"
- singular: un enfant
- plural: des enfants.
So "des" is an indefinite article which does not exist in English. To know if an English plural, bare noun will translate to "des + plural noun", either you put the plural noun in singular and then see if it naturally gets "a/an", or you add "more than one" before the noun to get the meaning of "des".
For the past lessons, "Le homme" was accepted as "The man", why it isn't correct in this lesson?
"Le homme" has never been accepted because it is improper. You have to use "l'homme" to avoid the vowel sound conflict.
You have reached level 6, which shows you have already done a lot of lessons, including those showing the conjugation of the verb "avoir" (to have) in present.
Reminder: J'ai, tu as, il/elle/on a, nous avons, vous avez, ils/elles ont.
It is never Le+homme.
"Le" and "la" both change to l' before a word starting with a vowel sound, to avoid the vowel sound conflict.
- masculine: l'homme, l'enfant, l'oignon (onion)
- feminine: l'eau (water)
I keep writing "les" when it's supposed to be "des". How do I know which one it is?
I used this; L'homme et la femme sont enfants. Why is this wrong?
"Des" is the indefinite article that English does not have. It is the plural of "un" or "une" and it means "more than one".
If the bare noun "children" is the plural of "a child", the translation to French is "des enfants", as the plural of "un enfant".
The man = L'homme: "le" elides to "l'" before a vowel sound to ease pronunciation
and = et
the woman = la femme: "la fille" is "the girl"
have = ont
children = des enfants: the plural of "a child" is "un enfant" and the plural "children" is "des enfants".
"Un homme" is the translation for "A man" or "One man".
The man = L'homme
I dont know why when I wrote Le homme duolingo rejected it for L' homme somebody can explain it for me thanks
Why is Le homme wrong? Doesn't it mean the same thing as L'homme?
"Le" and "la" become l' before any word starting with a vowel sound.
"Homme" has a mute H and therefore starts with the sound O, which generates the elision from "le" to "l'".
All of the boxes had the exact same answer and I still apparently got it wrong??
I wrote Le Homme instead of L'homme and i don't understand why it's incorrect...
"Des" is the plural of "un" or "une":
- they have a child = ils ont un enfant
- they have children = ils ont des enfants
The French language has extensive conjugations with 5 or 6 forms depending on the subject:
Avoir: j'ai, tu as, il/elle/on a, nous avons, vous avez, ils/elles ont.
It is a rule: "le" and "la" become "l'" when the next word starts with a vowel sound (a vowel or a mute H).
- l'oignon (masculine), l'eau (feminine), l'homme (masculine), l'huile (feminine)