"Elles voient leurs quatre grands-parents."
Translation:They see their four grandparents.
When I try "They are seeing their four grandparents" I am told the correct answer is "They can see their four grandparents."
I don't get how 'can see' could be correct.
I am curious about 'are seeing' in this context. In english, it would have the sense of rendez-vous, such as if the kids were away for the weekend with the grandparents. That is different of course than just setting eyes on them.
Would this French phrase be used in both contexts?
The same just happened to me. Thanks for calling attention to it. I'll report it, too (30 April 2018).
Why can this not be the singular version.. elle voit, as the oral sounds the same?
I agree. And I wanted to report it, but it does not give me the choice to say "my answer should be accepted". "Elle voit leur quatre grand-parents" should be acceptable. She could be at a school event, seeing the four grandparents of her sibling friends.
It will always have to be "leurs" since there are plural (exactly 4) grandparents mentioned.
If it was singular it would've been "Elle voit ses.." the "leurs" indicates that its plural, and correct me if I'm wrong
Well, those grandparents may not be hers, but the grandparents of other people. She may be a doctor at an old-people's care home, for example
I'm mildly disappointed there isn't a version of this sentence with "cinq".
Which form of the present tense is "they can see"?
And why is that one of the translations of the above sentence without further context of the act of seeing the grandparents?
Simple present: They see.
Present progressive: They are seeing.
Present emphatic: They do see.
I thought "can" functions are a modal verb, but I don't get that usage in this context and in the lesson on Families, level 3.
how do you get “can see” out of “voient”. Shouldn’t it be “pouvent voir”? August 17 2018; this should have been corrected by now.
"They see their four grandparents" was marked as correct Oct 11th 2018.
This really is confusing, as in many DL translations the fact that someone is 'doing' is perfectly acceptable. In this case - "they are seeing their four grandparents" is both present case and makes more sense. The notion of "they see their four..." raises the notion that these four people are coming up the road together.
My answer was "They are seeing their four grandparent." and it was marked wrong. The answer given was "They see their four grandparents." Reported it on 20/02/2019.