Translation:Two of the candidates are going to search for an agreement.
Two of the = Deux de (of) + les (the) and de + les = des
So here you must use "des."
aller + verb in infinitif is futur proche -- a very easy future tense for something that will happen soon. So I agree that yes, it can be translated as "will (verb)." GerryThompson -- you should report it the next time you get this sentence. (I did!)
Deux des? Why not deux de? Weird sentence though....an agreement isn't something you search for.
Two of the candidates / Deux (de + les = des) candidates
There are some weird sentences in the course, but this one isn't weird. Try a google search in the news with "search for an agreement." You'll find quite a few hits. ;-)
No reason other than to give you exposure to both the feminine and masculine forms of the word. You will notice that the pronunciation is different between "candidats" and "candidates" so there shouldn't be difficulty distinguishing between them for the dictation exercises.
Of course for the reverse exercises, from English into French, either "candidates" or "candidats" will work since the English sentence doesn't distinguish between male or female candidates.
Thanks a lot for the reply! To be honest, i was somewhat indignat... :) It made no sense to insist on the gender when translated from English as you agreed. Though time has already passed, it still stirs me a little... :) I will have to comfort myself with the explanation that originally this exercise was made for dictation purposes like you suggest :) Thanks again!
I checked the reverse sentence, and both "candidats" and "candidates" are accepted as translations from the English sentence. If you find that you have a problem, please report it! Thanks. :-)
"...to seek...," "...to look for..." & even "...to find..." should all be accepted. Right?
To seek, to look for, to search are all synonyms for "chercher," however, "to find" or "trouver" is different from the act of looking.
The French sentence is referring to two female candidates, hence the "es" at the end. Of course in English professions are usually gender-neutral, so that nuance is typically lost when translating to English.
How do we know that the candidates are feminine? Is there a difference in pronunciation in this instance?
Duolingo gave me this as a correct answer "Two of the candidates are to search for an agreement". If that is good, why isn't "Two of the candidates are searching for an agreement" good?
Hmm, "are to search" is not really a good way to express the future tense in English nor is it very grammatical. Thanks for bringing that up.
Here the lesson is about the near future tense in French so the English should reflect that. Ideally: someone is going to do something, but someone will do something is also correct.
Just as a matter of interest, Linguee gives 'candidat' as the form for 'candidate'; the feminine form is then indicated either adjectivally, where appropriate, or to mean 'nominee'.
"Two candidates are going to seek an agreement," refused. Hmm. The idea that I (quote) "used the wrong word" is ridiculous.
It is not good that superior translations are so often refused. I think this is probably the most annoying feature of this course. I do Norwegian as well. It does not seem to happen there.
It's not that you used a wrong word, but rather that you missed a nuance.
deux des candidates = two of the candidates (this implies that there are two from a larger pool of candidates)
deux candidates = two candidates (this is straightforward, simply two and no other information- we don't know if there are more)