"J'ai eu un pyjama rose pour mon anniversaire."

Translation:I got pink pajamas for my birthday.

March 28, 2018



I do not understand the difference between I had and I got in this case.

April 13, 2018


I think that is because it is a gift . " I received ..." is accepted

April 22, 2018


I say 'I had it for my birthday' when it was a gift. I don't get why it was marked wrong either, TrishWilczak

July 27, 2018


This sentence confused me as well. I had to look it up.

I suspect they are using «avoir» in the sense of «obtenir»/"to get". Look for the 2nd entry under "vt"/"transitive verb" here.

April 24, 2018


I do not think that there is any 'intended' difference here between "had" and "got". It's merely typical of the difference between UK and US English usage, rather than, as sometimes happens, Duo requiring us to "second guess" some obscure grammatical point. Perhaps a moderator can confirm?

July 3, 2018


I agree

February 7, 2019


Ta famille ne t'aime pas

April 13, 2018


Why is pajama plural in the English translation ? un is singular!

May 27, 2018


Because in English the garment is inherently plural, "pajamas", much like "jeans". In French you would say "un jean" but you would never say in English, "I am wearing a jean" -- you would say "jeans" or "a pair of jeans".

The name for a noun of this type is plurale tantum, and French has them too. For example, you would not wear "la lunette" on your eyes, but you would wear "les lunettes".

An example in the other direction, in English you might ask "Where is the restroom?" (singluar) but in French you would always say " Où sont les toilettes ? "

May 27, 2018


" Où sont les toilettes ?"

May 28, 2018


D'oh! Fixed.

May 28, 2018


Exactly very confusing

September 24, 2018


An ugly sentence to British ears. "I had" is a correct translation of "j'ai eu" and sounds much better to me.

November 27, 2018


Hi GraemeJeal. You’re right - « I had », or perhaps even more literally correct, « I have had », would be a more subtle and less ‘grating’ UK English translation. We are supposed to be learning French here, as moderators are continually reminding us, but nevertheless, accurate translation of the French into the most accurate English useage is still, IMHO, important. «got » is somehow less definitive. As for « gotten », we’d best draw a veil over that suggestion….. ;-) (Best « for » « gotten ») ?

November 28, 2018


I do not understand why ‘I had pink pyjamas .... ‘ is not accepted. ‘Got’ seems to me an Americanism which is taking over the language: I got hit, I got pregnant, I got a present, I got on the bus, I got sick, I got to go now .... but generally it is mostly used in the UK by less literate adults and children. ‘I had’ in the sense of ‘I received’ seems acceptable, surely?

March 25, 2019


Never did I think that I would learn american as well! What a bad bad bad sentence! Got! Pajamas! Neither french nor english is my first language, but this is just bad language even to my foreign ears! It may well be correct for those living in the US, but for those, like me, who speak british english this sentence is bad! Also, why on earth is the translation 'i have had' wrong? J'ai eu is I have had? yes ?? Please can someone help me out here? Sitesurf???Please??

September 19, 2018


"I had pink pyjamas...." should be allowed

September 21, 2018


I had for my birthday implies being given it. We also use the phrase pair of pyjamas as well as pair of trousers and pants. Pants are worn under trousers in england

November 26, 2018


"I got" is a horrible expression.

February 27, 2019


Hi LindaMundy1. You’re right. In this context, « got » is not attractive English. But – IMHO, it pales into insignificance beside the appalling modern (and, to me, downright offensive), « Can I get.... », instead of the traditional and polite, « Please may I have…. ». The two phrases don’t even have the same meaning – but that’s probably well above the understanding of those who offend !

February 27, 2019


It's quite hard for me to get the 'eu' from the audio.

March 23, 2019


Salut wwangduolingo. Worry not – you are one of hundreds, if not thousands, who have issues with Duo’s synthesised speech on this course!

April 4, 2019


We were taught not to say, I got, when we were young, bad English.

March 26, 2019


In English we also spell pyjamas with a 'y' eg 'a pair of pyjamas'.

July 9, 2018


How can "got" be correct and "had" not??

August 11, 2018
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