"Ce sont de grosses crêpes."
Translation:These are large crepes.
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I've often wondered what the originators of the French language or French grammer were thinking. Here is an example , the subject is plural but you use a singular ,ce, before the plural ,sont, verb then you use a singular preposition,de,with a plural adjective,Anyone else find this a bit strange?
Great post on that by Sitesurf here:
Crepes and pancakes are very different. Crepes are extremely thin and almost lacy. They are usually eaten filled or flambée with a liqueur such as Cointreau whereas pancakes are thick and I think also called "flapjacks" in the US. They are popular as a breakfast food there, I understand.
Can someone explain why, with "ce sont," it is "de," and with something like, "J'aime," it is "les"? Both sentences have the adjective in front of the noun, so the de + BANGS adjective rule clearly bends depending on what the subject of the sentence is, non?
"Ce sont de grosses crêpes" - These are large crepes. (crepes is subject) "J'aime les grosses crêpes" - I like large crepes. (je is subject, crepes is object, I think)
Google translate also takes "J'aime de grosses crêpes," to mean I like large crepes. To any native speakers out there, does either construction work better in real life, or is one more common in either speaking or writing?
-- Also, I wish I paid attention in 6th grade English class when we did sentence diagramming and learned about parts of a sentence, I think not knowing the English sentence parts as well as I should is hampering my ability to pick up the French constructions from the tips/hints section of the lessons - if anyone has any good resources online for better learning English sentence structure that would be helpful.
According to the British National Corpus pancake is used twice as frequently as crepe, but crepe is certainly used in the UK.
"Pancakes" is given as a translation for "crepes", even though crepes are thin and pancakes are thick. A large crepe could easily be a large, but somewhat thin, pancake.