"Ton jean est long."

Translation:Your jeans are long.

April 4, 2013

46 Comments


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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/.

August 6, 2015

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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".

September 30, 2015

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Yes, this really needs to be addressed.

May 16, 2016

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it has been

May 17, 2016

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

September 24, 2016

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I understand

June 26, 2017

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

June 13, 2014

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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

June 30, 2014

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

June 27, 2018

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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.

September 30, 2016

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

July 2, 2014

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

August 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Cockatiel321

Correct

May 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/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'?

July 8, 2014

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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

August 7, 2014

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When does est become are instead of is?

October 26, 2014

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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.

May 26, 2015

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

August 23, 2015

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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.

September 30, 2015

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

February 22, 2016

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

February 22, 2016

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

February 22, 2016

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Ah d'accord, je vois :P

February 23, 2016

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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?

September 16, 2016

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Your jeans are long is correct in English.

September 16, 2016

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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.

September 16, 2016

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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".

October 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/MarielBalicag

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

January 7, 2017

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

January 7, 2017

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

March 1, 2017

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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

April 26, 2017

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

April 26, 2017

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I see now, thank you

April 26, 2017

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You're welcome

April 26, 2017

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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.

May 10, 2017

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

May 22, 2017

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

August 8, 2017

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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

October 18, 2018

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

March 2, 2019

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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)

October 27, 2018

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Why is "pants are long" not accepted?

December 23, 2018

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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.

December 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AJANTACLAS

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

February 13, 2019

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"Your jeans ARE long"

,or

"Your PAIR of jeans IS long."

Graded correct for the 2nd translation!

March 19, 2019

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

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

March 19, 2019

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so i put your pair of jeans are long and i got it wrong . apparently u need to say your pair of jeans is long whatOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooOOoOoooooOOoooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooOooooooooooooooooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

September 28, 2016
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