"I am eating a pizza."
Translation:Je mange une pizza.
In ancient France, men handled responsibility of cooking for the king and the court. However, during one of the wars, France was short on men and all men were forced to take arms. The women became responsible for the kitchen, and one such woman named Pizza came up with the idea of pizza. In addition to naming the dish after her, to honor her great invention, the pizza was given a feminine status.
Now although I've totally made up this story, I hope that pizza is feminine will get registered well in your brain.
In French objects are all assigned a gender. Pizzas, oranges, and pommes are all feminine nouns, so "une pizza," "une orange," and "une pomme." Some masculine nouns include livre (book), stylo (pen), and vélo (bike), "un livre," "un stylo," and "un vélo."
This is a tricky aspect of French and it is best to memorize the indefinite article (un or une) along with the noun as though it is part of the word, because in a way it is. This will save you a big headache later!
Hi, somehow your comment was deleted before I could answer it. "Mange" can be either "am eating" or "is eating" depending on whether it is the first person singular or the third person singular.
je mange → I am eating
tu manges → you are eating
il/elle/ on mange → he/she/one is eating
Je mange = "I eat" / "I am eating"
All french verb tenses translate into both simple and progressive form in English. There is no to be + verb in gerund construction in French.
There will be a similar construction for something is in progress, but you'll learn about it later.
Mange is the form of the verb that goes with the subject "je= I" Mangent is the form of the verb that goes with the subject "elles/ils=they" You do need to find the verb conjugated ( online) and learn the conjugations. Its quite easy, just type into google "conjugate French manger" and you will find several sites
Certain words are contracted in both English and French to make them easier to say..or rather, we leave off sounds when it is hard for the tongue to say they together. In English it is usually an option. In French is it often required.
We only drop the 'e' on Je when the next word starts with a vowel SOUND. Mange starts with a consonant so you never drop the 'e'.
There is no such structure in French as je suis (verb), as in English.
Je mange can mean I eat and I'm eating based on context.
There will be a Je suis en train de manger structure and you will learn about it later. It means I'm eating (right now). But as you can see it also differs from the English structure.
The translation of your last question would be: I am am eating a pizza. Why? Because the present tense in French is the same as TWO tenses in English. So "Je mange une pizza" means two things. It can be: I eat a pizza OR I am eating a pizza. It means both. So you don't need a second "am". This is true of ALL French present tense verbs.
Not completely. Every French verb in the present tense, translates into two English tenses: present and continuous. So I eat, and I am eating...both back translate to French: Je mange.
The difference between, is eating and are eating is English grammar. She is eating, but ...We are eating. There is no just straight "eating". You must use the helping verb TO BE if you are going to use ...ING.
It is the same verb tense but
the first is for s/he and
the second is plural (we, you plural, they)... sort of.
I am eating, you are eating, she is eating,
we are eating, you are eating, they are eating.
IF you are trying to learn French and English at the same time, I think it could be confusing. Keep going.
I don't know what you mean by "reply don't post". I only know how to post a reply.
First, have you learnt any languages that conjugate verbs a lot? For French you need to learn how to conjugate verbs into their 6 forms in the present tense. The other tenses are also conjugated but we are not learning them yet.
I suggest you go to google and type in: conjugate French verb manger. That will show you when to use each of the six forms. You can do this with every verb.
une and un both mean the same thing = a (or sometimes one).
Use une for feminine nouns. In this exercise "pizza" is a feminine noun so we use: une pizza.
Use un for masculine nouns.
AN is an English word (not French) and is used in English when the next word starts with a vowel sound. eg an ant, an opal, an eagle.
Do you mean GENDER? Gender is whether something is considered feminine or masculine in character. Many languages have historically considered nouns of a more feminine or more masculine character. However over time the gender of many nouns has changed so that now, a noun's gender is mostly random and doesn't make much sense. It is just how people have gotten used to speaking and writing.
So for you, you just learn which gender a noun is as you learn the words.
If you read the discussion you will see that:
Je mange = both I eat AND I am eating.
So you put: I am am eating. This is true of all French verbs in the present tense. Suis is ONLY used when you want to say: I am... an occupation, a girl, a human (when talking to aliens) or other identifying word.
I suggest that you let go of trying to make sense of which words are feminine and which are masculine. Really, there isn't much rhyme or reason, it just is. Just memorize the article with each new noun, use the new vocabulary frequently, and eventually it will seem "natural" that a pizza is feminine.
Yeah, they can be different in every language. :( It's hard, especially if you already know one language with genders.
I like to imagine what I learn and I usually imagine French characters (Fourmille Gratule and Obelix) with the French nouns and Norwegian characters (Anna, Kristoff and Olaf for neuter from Frozen) with the Norwegian nouns. That way I can learn the nationality and the gender at the same time.
If I will learn Serbian, I think I will use Stein, Lynn and Hurricos (the dragon) from the comic Ravine. :)
(I used Sophie Marceau and Jean Reno when I started to learn French but I realized that I remember better if the image is more cartoonish, I guess, because it can be funnier.)