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"My pants have pockets."

Translation:Mon pantalon a des poches.

April 7, 2013



When do I use "a" , "a des", "as"or "ont" for the word "have" ? I can never seem to get it right.


Use "a" for singular nouns, and "ont" for plurals. "As" goes with second person singular (you/tu). "Des" is actually part of another phrase--"des poches," in this example. Probably the best English approximation would be "some."


Ugh! "Mon pantalon" means "my pants" singualar but "mon pantalons" means "my pants" plural?? How am I supposed to know the difference?


No, "MES pantalons" and "mon pantalon" mean "my pants".

"pantalon" means that there is only one pair of pants, and "pantalons" means that there are more than one pair of pants. French, unlike English, considers that pants are not always a plural noun.

And you're not supposed to know it, you're just invited to learn it. Don't assume that Duolingo expects the impossible simply because you failed once. Failure is part of the learning process, and it's encouraged. So, congratulations.


I am never sure when to put des and when to put les...is there some website I can go to check this out


Basically, if you use "a/an" in the singular form, then it's "des". If not, it's "les".

The main exception would be when you talk about something as an idea or a concept, and not an existing example of this thing. "J'aime les fleurs." (flowers as an idea, any existing flower is concerned)

For more informations you can try this :


But they don't cover all cases. I haven't found a complete and satisfying lesson concerning articles in French yet (even in French ^^). I'll post a thread if I manage to find one.


In English, pants is pural and singular. In French, is there a singular "pantalon" too?


In French "pantalon" is singular and "pantalons" is plural.


No. "des" is a plural indefinite article, which doesn't exist in English.

"I want a strawberry." = "Je veux une fraise."

"I want strawberries." = "Je veux des fraises."

"some" means either "quelques" for countable objects or "un peu de/d' " for uncountable objects. However, "some" can also be used and not translated at all in French, depending on context.

"I want some bread." = "Je veux du pain." or "Je veux un peu de pain."

"I want some strawberries." = "Je veux des fraises." or "Je veux quelques fraises."


why is "mon jean a des poches" wrong? I thought jean was pants/jeans too?


"jean" = "jean"

"pants" = "pantalon"

A "jean" is a kind of "pantalon", but if "pants" is used in English, there is no particular reason to use "jean".


Confused about when to mon, ma, and mes.


"mon" = masculine singular

"ma" = feminine singular

"mes" = plural


I put Ma Pantalon a des poches and it appeared wrong !! Sexist !!!


"pantalon" is a masculine noun.


So if I am a woman and i want to say this i still say 'Mon pantalon'??


Yes, the article's gender and number match its noun's gender and number.

  • "mon pantalon"
  • "ma jupe"
  • "mes pantalons"
  • "mes jupes"


Is "mes culottes" really wrong here?


Strictly speaking "culotte" can also mean "pants" but it's an old word, and nowadays if you use it people will understand "panties".


Oh my, that might cause some misunderstanding :D thanks for the help!


I'm guessing these are American 'pants' because I'd be surprised to see British ones with pockets


Differences between "a des poches" and "ont des poches"? When would I use either?


Pants is pantalon how is this wrong im in French immersion to wahhhh

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