"The men have children."

Translation:Les hommes ont des enfants.

April 17, 2018

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To understand this clearly, 'ont' means 'have' and 'a' means 'has'?

For example:

  • The boy has an apple: Le garcon a une pomme.

  • The boy has apples: Le garcon a des pommes.

  • The boy and the girl have apples: Le garcon et la fille ont des pommes.

Also, 'est' means 'is' and 'sont' means 'are'?

For example:

  • The apples are red = Les pommes sont rouges.

  • The apple is red = La pomme est rouge.

Is that correct?


Why is it ont not a

[deactivated user]

    Because hommes is plural.


    I do not understand how to use ont and sont. How can I tell which is correct?


    If i understand correctly, "ont" means (they)'have' and "sont" mean 'are'


    I am having the same problem


    I'm stuck between "Ont" and "avez". Both mean have.


    Avez is for you plural ont is for they


    Why is l'hommes wrong?

    [deactivated user]

      l'homme is a singular form, the man. For the men, one uses hommes, but this requires les instead of l', les hommes.


      Yes hommes is for to many


      Why is it sometimes 'des hommes' and other times 'les hommes'?

      [deactivated user]

        "des hommes" is "some men" or just "men", while "les homes" is "THE men".


        Because les hommes is 'the men' and des hommes is 'some of the men, but not all of the men in the world'.


        I dont understand the des infront of enfants?


        The nouns cannot stand alone. French grammar always demands some kind of determiner. "Des" is just indicating there is some amount of children. Hope that helps


        Why i can't use L'hommes?

        [deactivated user]

          It's plural, so has to be les hommes. l' is used with the singular, so as to prevent two vowel sounds from being right next to each other; le homme doesn't work. It's somewhat similar to using "an" instead of "a" in front of apple or organ or enemy. You have to say "an untold story" because untold starts with a vowel sound. With "useful", on the other hand, the "u" has a "y' sound before the "oo", pronounced as if it were yuseful, so one says "a useful tool". not "an useful tool".


          Thank you, that helpef me alot. Thought i waz right with l'hommes but tje explains the singular and plural.


          L'hommes should be accepted i guess... =/

          [deactivated user]

            Well, not really. L' is short for le (when in front of a noun beginning with a vowel sound), and le is a singular form, so L' goes with the singular homme. But hommes is plural, so it needs the plural les, not the singular L'.


            Cannot use avons as avons is for "they"?


            They ont we avons you avez


            Why do you have to put des?


            Why is the enfant not plural enfants is it alwYs singular like sheep in english

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