Why is it not "Il mange une baleine"? That's what I heard. How do I know if it's that or not? Is there a difference in pronunciation?
What pops up here seems to be an error. Question Says "il" not "ils". Looks like is a typo. Answer says "they" not "he". ? Please correct. thanks
I wrote "He eats a whale", which was accepted. But then I saw the alternative "they eat" and wondered why I chose "he eats". Subconscious images of gluttony contests?
speaking it on French to English translation on google it comes out as "He eats a whale"
As it should. "Il mange" (he eats) and "Ils mangent" (they eat) have the same pronunciation.
It rejected my answer because I didn't capitalise "ils" - I know it's bad grammar, but is it that bad for duolingo??
Really? It worked fine for me. But now I always capitalize my sentences and write the periods and commas.
Also why whales why not fich or chicken like i probably wouldn't say that sentence because i dknt eat whales and dont know people who do
Because they were making sentences for all the animals they're teaching. There are other sentences for fish and chicken.
Britons ate whale meat during the Second World War. It was not popular. However, "Ils" does not have to be people. They could be sharks or crabs.
There is no plural to "pick up" in the audio.
"Il mange une baleine." and "Ils mangent une baleine." are pronounced exactly the same. There is no pronunciation difference. (In theory, you could have liaison between "mangent" and "une", but it is optional here and sounds odd to me.)
And this verbal ambiguity is hardly unusual in French.
- "Il parle." and "Ils parlent." are also pronounced exactly the same.
You do sometimes have a difference between third person singular and plural, either in the verb itself or with liaison between the pronoun and verb, but not always:
- "Il lit." and "Ils lisent." are distinct.
- "Il aime." and "Ils aiment." are distinct.
But add a direct object pronoun and that can disappear too:
- "Il m'aime." and "Ils m'aiment." sound exactly the same.
In conversation, with context, you will probably know what a speaker means. In a one-sentence Duolingo example, you won't.
At turtle pace la femme enouciates the difference between mange/ mangent et l'homme does it too avec une/un