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"Ton jean est long."

Translation:Your jeans are long.

April 4, 2013

47 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wengusflengus

there's a very shocking pronouncing mistake here! 'Jean' is a proper noun and pronounced /ʒɑ̃~/ as it is in the recording, but 'jean' (the trousers) are never pronounced like that and french people would actually have trouble understanding what this referred to if used so. The recording should say /dʒi:n/.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cilyan

Very precisely. Unless of course you mean that your friend Jean (Dujardin) is long... This word was taken from english and is pronounced like in english, except that it can be singular to designate a single pair of trousers (and still keep its "s", "un jeans" as opposed to "la toile de jean", the fabric, although I believe "un jean" is accepted). In plural form however, although written as in english "jeans", the ending s is generally not pronounced. If it is, it is part of the way the person likes to pronounce this foreign word, and not a specific mark of plural. As a matter of fact, "jeans" is not an easy word, and I think it would be better to learn "pantalon".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lawlerfa

Yes, this really needs to be addressed.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AliDadban

I'm afraid not. The bot still pronounces jean (Dujardin)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/harrytunnels

Why does "est" translated as "are" here?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/samirasamirasa

See, in English we don't have a jean. un pantalon= trouserS and jean in french = JeanS in english, So we have jeans which is plural. and we have to use are for that


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Drrudslk

Jeans has never been plural. Rather a pair of jeans . Jeans as used in English is singular Several pairs of jeans = plural


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n6zs
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There are a few words in French that are treated differently than the comparable word in English. Specifically, (a pair of) trousers = un pantalon. The word "trousers" in English can refer to a single item of clothing or multiple items. That is why English speakers sometimes use the phrase "a pair of" when referring to the singular. If you say "a pair of trousers", it is clearly singular and you would use the singular "is" in English. If you say "trousers" (whether you mean singular or plural), you will say "are" in English. That's just the way it is. The same applies to "un jean" = (a pair of) jeans.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AliDadban

In the recording, jeans /dʒi:n/ is pronounced like Jean /ʒɑ̃/ (le prénom). See HansDazs above.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wengusflengus

Nope, /dʒi:n/ is also how people call the piece of clothing


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AliDadban

@HansDazs I meant in the recording. Edited the post, as it wasn't clear. Je suis français BTW et connais la pronociation :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wengusflengus

Ah d'accord, je vois :P


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aivset

What is the difference between the french "long" and "longue"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OlenkaLionne

'Long' - masculine singular, 'longue' - feminine singular.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeeeeeeD

Why is it that for 'The night is long', the corresponding answer is 'La nuit est longue.' whereas for 'Ton jean est long', the translation for 'long' is still 'long' and not 'longue'?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OlenkaLionne

Because french adjectives agree in gender with the nouns. Feminine singular: la nuit est longue. Masculine singular: le jean est long. Feminine plural: les robes longues; masculine plural: les mots longs


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tarhiamj

When does est become are instead of is?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Iflana

Because in English you can't say, "The jeans is long." In order to make sense it should be, "The jeans are long." This example doesn't translate word for word, so you have to know how to combine the meaning of the French words to an English sentence.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/msaali86

I thought est stood for " is" . Why not " Ton jean sont long"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cilyan

In french, "jean" (actually probably jeans) (/dʒi:n/) is singular. For the plural form you would have "Tes jeans sont longs". This different from english, where jeans is always plural.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/akiba533672

Why did i answer that the jeans ARE long. But was told i am incorrect. The proper term is "IS" HUH? now i come here and it says are? Lol. So this thing is just going to mess with my correct english?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AliDadban

Your jeans are long is correct in English.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/akiba533672

I know it's correct. I'm wondering why it was marked as incorrect. I'm American. I know correct English. Ebonics. Hood slang... Yup it's something different. Oxford English and more. It's correct. And I got a straight up issue being told I'm wrong when I know I'm right.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nozz44

A pair, whether singular or plural in context, is often used with 'are' in English. "Your jeans are long" and "your pair of jeans (ie. they) are long".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarielBalicag

Est is is ??? Why is it translated as are!!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wengusflengus

Almost every other comment is about that very thing, just use what you've bee taught at school and READ the other comments, please.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shokouh-Ni

This is a single jean and est means is not are . this sentences should be corrected by the editor.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HannahMorr983746

The translation in the answer box is "Your pair of jeans are long" but it only accepts "Your pair of jeans is long" for me


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AliDadban

Your jeans are long and Your pair of jeans is long are correct. Your pair of jeans are long is not.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HannahMorr983746

I see now, thank you


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AliDadban

You're welcome


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_katie_123_

This doesn't make sence. This grammar mistake is shocking. You would not say ''is'' you would say ''are'' because '' Your jeans is wrong'' is what it siad the correct answear is for me.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KxngDeo.

So is the pronounciation of 'jean' depends on the French dialect?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jahu

Couldn't think of what he's saying so I put "Ton jambe est long" :D


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bluebird998042

what kind of pronunciation is THAT the instructor is talking about JEANS and prononces Jean in French it is a first name equivalent to John in English...shame on you


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DoubleLingot

Jean is her boyfriend and this is what she said to him at first


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lawrencium103

Why is "Your pair of jeans are long," wrong? That would be acceptable in english. (weirdly it corrected me by saying I was missing a word, but underlined a space at the end of the sentence)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Murat941

Why is "pants are long" not accepted?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dave66539

I am surprised that 'Your pair of jeans are long' was not acceptable, especially as the drop down translation for 'jean' shows pair of jeans is a correct translation and it was accepted in an earlier test question.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AJANTACLAS

So now I don't need to type , "pair of jeans" okay then


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/excellence2018

"Your jeans ARE long"

,or

"Your PAIR of jeans IS long."

Graded correct for the 2nd translation!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/excellence2018

With insertion of PAIR, "are" becomes "is" since pair connotes plurality already.

I think I now understand this plurality issue with these plural nouns


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RicardoPai527572

Why Ton instead of Vouz?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/XDCONNERXD

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