"Les hommes ont des enfants."

Translation:The men have children.

March 29, 2018

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Kids should be accepted, i know there's a seperate word for it in french but one might use either interchangeably when mentally translating from french to english and it would mean the same thing.


How will you learn the difference between "enfant" and "gamin(e)" in French if we accept both "child" and "kid" in English?


Why does everybody think 'kids' should be accepted? It's a different word. It may be used interchangeably in English but one is a colloquialism and one is a formal word. If there's a French version of 'kids', then it would say that, if it wanted us to translate as 'kids'.

Furthermore (and these are genuine questions - the answers to which may either prove or disprove my point):

  1. I know 'femme' means 'woman' but is there a separate word to mean 'lady', as these are used more interchangeably in English than 'man' and 'gentleman' may be?

  2. What's the French word for a baby goat? Is it the same as the word for 'kid', as this is where the English term comes from?


1) Yes, there is. "lady" is much better translated as "dame".
2) A baby goat is "un chevreau" (note that even though the grown goat "la chèvre" is feminine, the baby is masculine). "kid" in reference to humans is "gamin(e)". So no, they're completely unrelated in French.


Very helpful, thank you! So is 'dame' used in the same way as we would say 'lady' - as a polite version of 'woman'? Or is it a title, as in lords and ladies.


Les deux (both).


couldnt this be the men have kids?


No, "kids" is "gamin(e)s".


"les hommes ont des enfant" doen't give much sense to me. How is "The men have got children" the right translation??


"les hommes" = "the men"
"ont" = 3rd person plural form of "avoir" (to have)
"des enfants" = "(some) children"

So, "Les hommes ont des enfants" means "The men have children". "have got" is an informal way to say "have" in British English.


Why doesn't the liaison between 'hommes' and 'ont' get pronounced? Is it optional?


What verb is ont part of?


"ont" is the third person plural (they/ils/elles) form of "avoir" (to have).

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It seems like “les hommes” are a gay couple, but could it also translate to “The people have children”?


No, for "the people" we would use "les gens" in this context.

Also, nothing in this sentence says they're a gay couple. It could be talking about the men at a father-son group, for example.


When to use ont, avons and avez

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These are different conjugations of the verb “avoir” (to have).

Use the 1st person plural to talk about a group, which you are part of: we have – nous avons.

Use the 2nd person plural to talk about a group, which you are also talking to in this moment: you (guys) have – vous avez.

Use the 3rd person plural to talk about a group, which neither you are part of, nor is the addressee of your speech: they have – elles/ils ont.

The formal addressing of people is to call them like if he/she was a group: you (sir/madam) have – vous avez.

Find an overview of this topic in the tips and notes of the skill “Basics 3” (click the light bulb), only available in a web browser, not in the Duolingo app: https://www.duolingo.com/skill/fr/Basics-3/tips-and-notes


When the "s" is pronunced in the words les and las?


When followed by a vowel, it's called liaison


Is the more literal translation of this sentence, "The men have some children."

Would "Les hommes ont enfants" be grammatically incorrect?

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If you want to point out the “some”, then you can say so in English. But the French “des” doesn't point out any concept. “des” is the usual indefinite plural article and it has to be there. Whereas in English there is no indefinite plural article, instead you place a so-called null article, which in fact is just nothing.

To sum it up, you have to put “des” and you should omit “some” in most cases. The given translation in Duolingo is fine.

Also read the tips and notes of the skill “Basics 2”: https://www.duolingo.com/skill/fr/Basics-2/tips-and-notes


I wrote "these men have children" is this wrong?

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“These” / “Ces” is a demonstrative article and is used to point at certain men, who are not known from context.

“Les” / “The” is a definite article and denotes the certain men are known from context, but it doesn’t point at them.

For reference, please see the tips and notes of the skill “Demonstratives 1”: https://www.duolingo.com/skill/fr/Demonstratives-1/tips-and-notes


Whats the difference between ont and sont? Don't they both just mean have?

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Ils ont = They have Ils sont = They are

See the full conjugation table: https://www.duolingo.com/skill/fr/Basics-3/tips-and-notes


I hear ont and un to be exactly the same. Is there anyway to tell them apart?


If you read IPA, "ont" is /ɔ̃/ and "un" is /œ̃/. The main way to tell them apart is practice - I recommend listening to them side by side on Forvo.com or even Google Translate.

Context is also useful, there aren't that many situations where either would really fit in the sentence.


Is there a different word for infant or can i use enfants


"infant" is "bébé" in French. All "bébés" are "enfants" but not all "enfants" are "bébés".


Why isn't this working for me?It keeps saying that i'm spelling children incorrectly.


I'm afraid we can't see what you wrote or the correction you were given, so we aren't able to help unless you give us your exact sentence in full and the exact correction.

The underlined word is often not where the problem actually is, so the error may well be elsewhere in the sentence.


What is with "des" ?


how can men have kids /


The men have the children WON'T WORK

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Because LES is an indefinite article and THE is a definitie article, they are not equivalent.

The men have the children = Les hommes ont les enfants

The men have (some) children = Les hommes ont des enfants


Can anyone explain why "les hommes" takes ont but "les robes" gets sont please?

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