Does anyone understand why I have encountered this sentence in the category of "time"?
I assume that Duo wanted to point out the fact that "je montre" (I show) is an homophone and homograph of "une montre" (a watch).
Does "les" here mean "you show something to them (les)" or "you show them (those items, les) to someone"?
tu les montres (à quelqu'un) = direct object = you show them (to someone)
tu leur montres (quelque chose) = indirect object = you show (something) to them
Thank you, that was extremely helpful. And I agree with the comment above about your help!
In English, I would want to say "You show them off.", i.e. "You display them." to distinguish from "Tu leur montres [qch]." - "You show to them [something]".
I wouldn't usually say "I show them off" (except with a specific kind of meaning), but "I show them" would normally be part of a more complete sentence like "I show them to her". Duolingo does not always use complete sentences. But because of the ambiguity, hopefully both french phrases are accepted.
To "show off" implies pride or even boasting. One can "show" things one isn't proud of: "The child shows the toy he stole," for example. See the meaning change with "The child shows off the toy he stole." The second is disgraceful behavior.
IMHO, like in spanish, this sentence means that you show them something "tu les montres ton nouvelle chapeau", the subject is preconceived (BTW, I am not native english speaker)
Thank you Sitesurf, like always enlighten the shadows. So in this case is "I show them" like "I show them to her"?, like Thoughtdiva said.
I first encountered this sentence as dictation, so in my attempt to stay with the vocabulary I had already seen in this lesson, I translated it as "tous les montres". Could that have been correct, considering the lack of context?
I'm afraid it could not have been correct, for 2 reasons:
Pronunciation: "tous" is different from "tu " (try Google/Translate for another clear sound)
If "montres" were a noun, meaning "watch", "tous" would be feminine "toutes" (you would hear the final T)
Thank you once again, Sitesurf. I appreciate your succinct and very understandable clarifications. I think I would have given up on DL long since but for you and a couple of other angels.
There is a trap here:
"une montre" (noun) is a watch
"montrer" (verb) is "to show"
If I responded to every comment of yours that I find very helpful I would tie up the whole board so most times I just upvote you. Just wanted to let you know. Thank you.
Absolutely, I am really grateful for the passion and quality in Sitesurf's comments.
Is anyone else hearing 'Chu' for Tu in this pronunciation? Is that how it is supposed to sound in French?
"show them" is the imperative mode (giving an order to do something).
in French, show them is "montre-les" (familiar you) or "montrez-les" (polite singular or plural you)
Is 'you demonstrate them' wrong? I've always used 'montrer' when I would say demonstrate in English but was marked wrong. Thanks
I don't know where in the course everyone else is getting this question, but i'm getting it in the last skill of time and i have no idea what this has to do with anything
Why is this sentence in dates and time, seeing as though IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH DATES AND TIME?
There is a trick here: "une montre" is a watch, but "tu montres" = you show.