So unlike English, you refer to a single pair of jeans in the singular? So for example "tes jeans" would be "your [multiple pairs of] jeans"?
yes, "un jean" is a pair of jeans and "des jeans" are several pairs of jeans.
Merci! This one almost felt like a trick question the few times I caught it in the lesson :)
The reason is actually really interesting. Originally, pants were in two pieces, hence us referring to them in the plural. http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-pai1.htm In other countries, though, they don't pluralize pants related words because they were not more than one piece of clothing.
btw, pants (and other things like glasses) are plural in MANY languages, not just in English
True that. Actually, in my language (Hebrew) you can refer to one pair of pants both as plural and singular!
It is, in fact amazing, how every word/phrase has some kind of history related to it......
FYI I am French and we don't pronounce it like the name Jean. The prononciation is the same as in English for the pants Jeans.
Why would I be marked wrong for saying your new jeans are soiled. Isn't it same as being dirty???:'(
They definitely need to improve the speaking, I heard "Ton Vouveau jean est sVale" and had no idea what to write.
Denim is the name of the fabric. It comes from "de Nîmes", a city in France where the fabric was invented (although they did not use it to make jeans then).
Jeans (like pants) are singular in French, but always plural in English. Jeans are a type of pants, made out of denim. Google can help you better there.
I agree, especially since we previously learned to translate "jean" into pair of jeans, not just "jeans". How could we suddenly tell Duolingo would fail us now (breaking a streak of correct answers)?
I still don't understand why it's not "ton nouveau jean as sale", even after reading the answer below. Can anyone clarify?
Apologies if this is unnecessarily repetitive... To determine the verb form to use, you must first identify the subject of the sentence. Here the subject is "jean" (fr). It doesn't matter whose jeans they are (mine, yours, hers, ours, theirs), it will use the 3rd person singular if you are talking about one pair of jeans. So...
Mon jean est sale, ton jean est sale, son jean est sale, and (remember, still just one pair of jeans!) notre jean est sale, votre jean est sale, leur jean est sale.
The verb would only change to a different form if the subject was plural, e.g., "jeans" (fr), meaning more than one pair. Mes jeans sont sales, tes jeans sont sales, ses jeans sont sales, nos jeans sont sales, vos jeans sont sales, leurs jeans sont sales.
Wrong verb: 3rd person singular (because pantalon is singular) of verb "être" is "est" ("as" is 2nd person singular of verb "avoir").
Sorry I meant 'es' not 'as'. I thought you use 'est' with il/elle and then for 'tu' (which i assume would be the same usage as ton?) then it is 'es'. no?
Right: je suis, tu es, il/elle/on est, nous sommes, vous êtes (formal singular and plural), ils/elles sont.
The noun is this case is jean, so it's the verb form for il/elle, which is est. You seem to be focusing on the the fact that ton appears in the sentence, but that's just the possessive adjective on jean; it's not making the sentence second person.
But ton means 'your' doesn't it? which makes it second person. like if it was 'mon nouveau jean' it would be first person?
I'm missing something big here...
Let's put it this way. If I was talking about "Your mom," I'm not talking about you. So it's not second person-- it's third person. In the same way, if I'm talking about your jeans, it's also third person. My jeans are also third person. Just because they're being possessed doesn't change that.
In English, I wouldn't say "My mom am nice." Because it's not first person. I'd say, "My mom is nice." "Your mom are nice," is wrong as well. It's third person.
No, "your" doesn't make a sentence second person. It's just an adjective, not a pronoun. "A shirt" "your shirt" "his shirt" "my shirt" are all about a shirt. The only thing that decides person in a sentence is the subject noun or pronoun.
your new jean is dirty. i put this sentence and it says is wrong, i disagree with duolingo in this one, it should be right. please correct me if i'm the wrong one
Adjective gender has to match noun gender. Nouveau is the masculine version; nouvelle is the feminine version.
Why "Your new jeans is dirty" wrong? ? If there is more than one jeans it should be "your jeans' are dirty"
Again, "jeans" is grammatically plural when referring to both one pair or many in English, so it's "Your new jeans are dirty" in all cases. "...jeans is..." never occurs in English if "jeans" is the subject of "is."
I just put "your new pair of jeans ARE dirty" and it considered it wrong... I'm getting sick and tired of getting corrected like crap by this damn robot. >: (
It is the PAIR - singular - which IS dirty. DL considered the use of a plural verb "are" with a singular noun "pair" wrong because that use actually is wrong. I guess if you are getting sick and tired of being corrected by a robot, you'd better learn to give a correct answer.
By the way, the robot only passes on messages from the team who wrote the sentence and its acceptable translations.
Most probably, something else was wrong in your sentence, like the verb, for example: did you write "is" or "are"?
Could someone please fix the recorded male pronunciation for "jean"? Merci.
the ladies pronunciations are poor at times. I heard her say seul rather than sale.
The male voice pronounces jean as gen. I can't believe this is a variant. Surely not?
why does the male translator pronounce JEAN as in the French man's name, when in previous questions it is pronounced as in the English woman's name???