"Lesquels parlent ?"

Translation:Which ones are talking?

March 26, 2013



Why can't it be Lequel parle, isn't this one of those situations which you can't tell the plural state through pronunciation?

June 25, 2013


Disregard, I found the answer in another sentence discussion.

The LE sound at the beginning as with les, makes it the plural form.

June 25, 2013


This should be voted up for relevancy. Thanks for updating with the answer RKSMT

July 29, 2013


Thank you for updating with your own answer .. saved me further searching. Lingot for you!

July 28, 2015


i thank you too

October 21, 2016


EXACTLY!!! The plural and the singular sound the same. I realise in context we should be able to know whether it is plural or not, but when we are just supposed to type what we hear, how are we supposed to know when they intend for it to plural and when they intend for it to be singular when they both SOUND THE SAME.

February 20, 2015


No, they don't.

lequel = LEUH-KEL

lesquels = LEH-KEL

February 21, 2015


luh-kel (singular)

lay-kel (plural)

Just to help the English speakers along! :)

September 30, 2017


And how do you say laquelle if lequlle sound like luh-kel?

August 11, 2018



August 23, 2018



March 20, 2019


Who are talking? Really? My answer was "Who is talking?" which should be correctly grammatically.

August 2, 2013


I agree totally, and did the same. I am reporting the "who are talking" as incorrect English...

March 29, 2014


I agree on principle: who is speaking/is talking/talks/speaks? are grammatically correct in singular and not in plural.

However, all of these variants match "Qui parle/est en train de parler ?", which primarily means that you are asking about one person.

If you get "lesquels" or "lesquelles" instead of "qui" it is because the question requires a plural answer.

December 5, 2014


I answered "Who is speaking" and it was flagged as wrong with the correct answer being "" Who are speaking?"

December 4, 2014


Think of it as "Who are those people who are speaking."

April 15, 2018


Shouldn't this be "Who is speaking?" I don't think "who are speaking" is correct in English.

July 28, 2013


"Who are speaking" is not correct. "Who is speaking" is correct for the singular and the plural "who".

July 30, 2013


Who are all those people who say that "who" is always singular? :)

April 15, 2018


Neither one is correct. We are asked to translate lesquels, meaning "which ones" not "who".

January 4, 2019


"Who speaks" ought to be acceptable as the English equivalent. Any reason why it shouldn't be?

March 26, 2013


"who speaks?" = "qui parle ?"

"which ones/lesquels" implies there is a choice among several.

March 26, 2013


"Whom speaks" is not actually correct for English, and "which ones are talking" is a very roundabout translation. I think "Who speaks" is the correct translation here.

May 29, 2013


"who speaks" does not translate "lesquels" but "qui". "lesquels/which ones" implies a choice among several people, that "qui/who" does not.

May 30, 2013


but whom speaks is not correct. whom is only used as an objective case of who so it canNOT be the subject of a verb. Who speaks is a reasonable alternative to Which ones speak? They mean the same thing.

June 18, 2013


Ok, that makes sense because I forgot that lesquels means which one and I put who speaks. I am still totally not getting the questions which is why I am not moving forward with more words until I get these questions right.

September 5, 2014


Learning new words but not knowing how to pull them together to construct correct sentences would be a waste of time and energy, in my opinion.

September 5, 2014


How does one say "which one of us is talking" then?

February 5, 2014


lequel d'entre nous parle-t-il ?

February 5, 2014


Oh, so you can just attach any verb to 't-il'? I'm still not too familiar on the usage of that.

February 5, 2014


Not any verbs, some do not need the phonetic addition of a -T- liaison.

But you can do it will all verbs of the 1st group = infinitive ending in -er

February 5, 2014


So how would you say "which (languages) do they speak?"?

February 4, 2015


Lesquelles (langue is feminine) parlent-ils/parlent-elles ?

February 4, 2015


"Who is talking" is surely an optional alternative for "which ones are talking" - which actually sounds a little odd

July 3, 2017


It accepted 'Which ones speak' from me, but it also seems am odd sentence. Babies? Talking pets?

July 31, 2018


Why is it wrong to say lequel parle in French we don't know if is it plural or singular

February 2, 2014


lequel is different in pronunciation from lesquels: le vs les: leuh vs leh

February 2, 2014


I found the original pronunciation of "parlent" to be different than the above version. The original sounded like "parala". That threw me off.

February 12, 2015


Oh man I pressed the button to repeat the phrase but then change my mind and I pushed the repeat button. The microphone heard the French phrase from the French chick and graded it half correct!!! So funny hahaha!

February 4, 2016


Is the 's' in lesquels not pronounced?

May 17, 2016


why not "Lesquel parle?"

July 21, 2016


"Lesquel" is not a French word: lequel, laquelle, lesquels, lesquelles

If it were "lesquels" in plural, the verb would also be conjugated in plural: lesquels parlent ?

July 21, 2016


please make it pronounced the way it is said or the other way around

March 2, 2017


Why does it work on all of the other questions with lequels as which, but on this one it only accepts which ones. Aargh!

May 3, 2017


Can we talk about how the female French voice is impossible to understand sometimes? Pleas fix this, Duo.

May 14, 2017


Talking about it again may not solve an issue that is 5 years old.

May 15, 2017


What's the difference between lequelle and luquelles in pronunciation?

January 17, 2018


"Luquelles" is not a French word.

The plural of "laquelle" is "lesquelles" and the difference in pronunciation is only in the first syllable, and the same as usual between "la" and "les".

January 18, 2018


i typed ' which ones talking' and it corrected me to 'which ones talk'

September 19, 2018


The concept may seem strange, but it is possible for relative pronouns who, which, that to be singular or plural.

The minister who has responsibility for Brexit negotiations... The ministers who have responsibility for Brexit negotiations...

If the antecedent is plural, the pronoun is also.

If I think that several people from Parliament are speaking, I can ask in English "Which ones are speaking tomorrow?" I can ask "Who is speaking tomorrow?" which is usual but, really, inaccurate. Or I could ask "Who are speaking tomorrow?" which is unfamiliar but accurate, and perfectly correct grammatically.

Try it.

Every minister who represents the UK at the EU is there. All ministers who represent the UK at the EU (is/are) there.

The difficulty lies, I think, in the use of "Which ones?" which feels awkward in English. It feels natural to use which ones for animals and things, but odd to us it for people. The instinct is to use "Who?", but we then hit the problem of What if it is more than one person???

We don't feel comfortable with "Who are representing us tomorrow? All five of them?" so we say "Who is representing us tomorrow? All five of them?" That is sort of all right if you imagine that we do not yet know who is representing us. We can safely stick to the singular. But if we do know that we will be represented by more than one person, we should be able to say that confidently. "Who are these people who are speaking for us tomorrow? Be straight with me! Tell me their names!"

November 30, 2018


It is poor/bad/sloppy English to say "Which ones are talking?" Correct English is "Which are talking". This is presuming we are referring to electronic toys, otherwise it is, "Who is talking".

December 24, 2018


Whoops no, it is "Which is talking" whether singular or plural!

December 24, 2018


Without context, "Which are speaking?" should be accepted.

February 12, 2019


What is wrong with "Which one speaks" ?

September 11, 2013


It is plural (lesquels) so it is 'Which oneS'

September 12, 2013


Ok, when you hover it gives both which one and which ones as definitions.

September 12, 2013


There are some weird exceptions, but you should try to remember that with an 's' at the end it usually means plural like in English

September 16, 2013


what's this

August 29, 2016


As shown, you have missed the question mark.

August 30, 2016


the question marks don't matter though

August 30, 2016


They show you the most correct answer for you to remember that you should start sentences with a capital letter, add one space and a question mark at the end.

August 30, 2016


why does that only show up in the end though? (and for French only)

August 30, 2016


In the end of what?

August 30, 2016


in the end of the lesson when you can review your answers

(like during the lesson it doesn't tell you anything about whether you should use a question mark)

August 30, 2016


Let's say that it's "better late than never"...

August 30, 2016


'Which ones' suggest something inanimate or parrots

August 21, 2017


When you dont want to get smacked...

May 27, 2018


I got this correct, but it seems like French always demands an article. Why then isn't it "Lesquels parlent-ils"?

February 13, 2019


Non, l'article est impliqué avec "lesquelles" = (les) quelles

de la même maniere: lequel, laquelle

March 6, 2019
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