"I have a fountain pen."

Translation:J'ai un stylo plume.

April 11, 2018



When "biro" pens weren't invented, le stylo meant fountain pens, n'est pas?

August 12, 2018


these are generally disappearing, i guess it is good to learn anyway thanks duolingo for all you do

June 10, 2018


Didn't "plume" on its own used to mean fountain pen? I could be wrong, and even if I'm correct, I'm guessing it's a long abandoned term...

July 7, 2018


It is not that old because I was taught "plume" at school, the derivation of which comes from the time when quill pens were in use (being sharpened feathers dipped into pots of ink). I enquired in an earlier discussion whatever happened to "plume", as I remember the song "La plume de ma tante est dans le bureau de mon oncle, le papier de mon oncle est sur la table de ma tante".

September 2, 2018


So how do you say quill (pen)? GT got plume d'oie, literally goose feather. Wikipedia just says plume as goose quills are no longer used: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plume_(%C3%A9criture) -- they hyphenate stylo-plume, more formally plume de stylographe?

April 22, 2019


Seems like a compound noun. Why not 'un stylo de la plume'

April 11, 2018


Because stylo de la plume sounds as if the pen pertains to the feather. stylo plume is the common compound word, and if you really don't like this construction, you can say stylo à plume which is also correct.

April 11, 2018


It seems to be an idiom (which is introduced here for the first time).

May 17, 2018


But plume means feather? What's wrong with stylo fontaine?

April 14, 2018


The mouse over for "fountain pen" could do with a hyphoned hint instead of gerbe and stlyo separately. It's the first time I have seen this so I put "J'ai un stylo de gerbe" lol.

July 13, 2018


a feather pen, a goat pen, or a goose pen. Quite the selection, but easy to decide.

November 15, 2018


I hovered over fountain because I don't recall seeing this word before, and none of the the selections were available.

December 19, 2018


What does this have to do with the category "Animals"?

January 24, 2019


Plume means feather in English. Quite useful when talking about birds... and pens. ;)

May 16, 2019


Does not "stylo" as such mean "the fountain pen", while "plume" is defined as: (a) a long, soft feather or arrangement of feathers, or (b) a long cloud of smoke or vapour resembling a feather

March 7, 2019


Can you explain me reasonably, why "plume" is necessary in the translation, even though "le stylo" already means "the fountain pen"?

March 7, 2019


Depending on the context, "un stylo" could mean " un stylo (à) bille" (ballpoint pen) or "un stylo (à) plume" (fountain pen) or even "un stylo feutre" (felt-tip pen). Anything you can write with and containing ink is called "un stylo".

May 16, 2019
Learn French in just 5 minutes a day. For free.