"Elles voient leurs quatre grands-parents."

Translation:They see their four grandparents.

March 30, 2018


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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?

March 30, 2018


Exactly my question, asked clearly and kindly. Merci!

April 4, 2018


Reported 20 April 2018.

April 21, 2018


The same just happened to me. Thanks for calling attention to it. I'll report it, too (30 April 2018).

April 30, 2018


Still being rejected 14 Aug 2018. Reported again.

August 14, 2018


I am guessing that it's marked wrong because in English "they are seeing their grandparents" is more idiomatic and implies that they are visiting their grandparents, not just "seeing" them, say, off in the distance.

December 26, 2018


Why can this not be the singular version.. elle voit, as the oral sounds the same?

June 6, 2018


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.

June 11, 2018


It will always have to be "leurs" since there are plural (exactly 4) grandparents mentioned.

August 14, 2018


If it was singular it would've been "Elle voit ses.." the "leurs" indicates that its plural, and correct me if I'm wrong

September 12, 2018


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

December 24, 2018


That is very counterintuitive isn't it ?

February 5, 2019

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    I'm mildly disappointed there isn't a version of this sentence with "cinq".

    July 11, 2018


    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.

    June 11, 2018


    if they can see shouldn’t it be ils pouvent voir? I don’t get it.

    August 16, 2018



    May 8, 2018


    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.

    August 17, 2018


    "They see their four grandparents" was marked as correct Oct 11th 2018.

    October 11, 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.

    December 22, 2018


    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.

    February 20, 2019


    "They are seeing..." was marked incorrect. Reported 02/22/19

    February 22, 2019
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