"I have a fountain pen."
Translation:J'ai un stylo plume.
When "biro" pens weren't invented, le stylo meant fountain pens, n'est pas?
these are generally disappearing, i guess it is good to learn anyway thanks duolingo for all you do
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...
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".
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?
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.
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.
a feather pen, a goat pen, or a goose pen. Quite the selection, but easy to decide.
I hovered over fountain because I don't recall seeing this word before, and none of the the selections were available.
Plume means feather in English. Quite useful when talking about birds... and pens. ;)
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
Can you explain me reasonably, why "plume" is necessary in the translation, even though "le stylo" already means "the fountain pen"?
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".