"Allaient-elles à un château ?"

Translation:Did they go to a castle?

April 1, 2013



This sentence was pronounced with no liaison between elles and a. This makes it impossible to distinguish between singular (allait-elle) and plural. Unless there is a clear verbal clue, both should be considered correct. Duolingo users should not be required to be mind-readers.

April 1, 2013


The liaison between elles and un is optional (at best). Therefore, you are right both singular and plural versions should be accepted.

However, this sentence is wrong in the tense:

"allaient-elles à un château ?" = were they going to a castle?

"did they go to a castle?" = sont-elles allées à un château ?

April 3, 2013


Still incorrect as of 26/7/13

July 26, 2013


thanks for the consistenly helpful clarification of the differences between the two past tenses!

July 12, 2013


This definitely sounds like "allait-elle à un château," especially without the liaison between elles et à (which is unnecessary anyway).

December 21, 2013


I was wasn't expecting the unnatural-comptuer voice, and I initially heard 'allaite-t-elle un château' ( Is she breastfeeding a castle? ) which was quite a funny thought.

Other than that, it looks like my issues regarding singular/plural and the liaison have been discussed.

November 9, 2013


I put "they went to a castle?". Is this wrong?

September 27, 2013


Yes, because you did not use the interrogative form "did they go".

September 27, 2013


A question on this though... "did they go" implies to me a specific event in the past in English, so... would this not take the past perfect in French? Because here the question in French is in the past imperfect tense - which to me in English implies "Were they going to a castle"? (that is, "Were they (in the process of) going to a castle?")

November 18, 2013


Please read above my comment before last.

November 18, 2013

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I didn't translate "chateau" to "castle," because in English we also use the word "chateau." Lost a heart!

December 9, 2013
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