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"Nous mangeons une orange."

Translation:We are eating an orange.

April 30, 2013



Use every hint in a phrase. Here: "Nous/vous mangeons" can only be "nous" because the verb form "mangeons" refers to "nous" For "vows" it would have been "mangez".


Nous mangeons/Vous mangez. for "vous" it would have been mangez = yes, correct.


Hey, wanted to ask two questions about liaisons:

  1. what is the correct liaison between 'mangeons' and 'une' here?

  2. What is the correct liaison between 'êtes' and 'une '?

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Everything you want to know about liaisons may be found here. Open the link in a browser: http://french.about.com/od/accents/fl/Learn-Proper-French-Pronunciation-Liaisons.htm


Thank you .very nice


nous mangeons une orange, no liaison. vous êtes une fille, no liaison, I'm native


Bonjour! I just wanted to give a couple recommendations since I'm seeing a lot of the same questions being asked in multiple forums and wanted to share what works for me. First, log in through the Internet site instead of using the app. I had no clue until about 2 days ago (and after months of using the app) that there was a big difference between them! In the app, it's basically answering questions and learning through trial and error, but the website has a section with notes and tips before each set of exercises. It clarifies a lot of the questions I've seen floating around- noun genders, the present tense(s) in English vs. French, verb conjugation (with some tables to help you memorize those more easily) and lots more. I especially love the Stories section! I studied French in school but lost a lot of it over the years so I'm here brushing up and wanting to learn some new stuff further on. I can see how confusing this could be to beginners when it's simply trial and error. So #1, use the DL website and read all the instruction notes. Plus look up some of the links others have posted. #2, Don't try to translate word for word or carry your English grammar rules over. With a new language comes new rules, sentence structure, etc. Just learn the French rules as they come up and try to "think French." Good luck to all of you! =)


Okay thanks you are very kind


Is it common in spoken French to not link the final s of mangeons to une?


Some liasons are optional, some required and some forbidden. I believe this is one of the optional ones. See the following list: http://french.about.com/library/pronunciation/bl-liaisons-o.htm

Here are the required liasons: http://french.about.com/library/pronunciation/bl-liaisons-r.htm

Here are the instances in which liasons are forbidden: http://french.about.com/library/pronunciation/bl-liaisons-f.htm

So much to learn!


you're right allintolearning. if you are confused with liaisons, try to make every the liaisons, each time, it's better, you will learn progressively by hearing French audios what are the liaisons that sound unnatural.


Doesn't mangeons and mangez mean the same thing?

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It involves the conjugation of the verb "manger". In English, there are only two individual words to conjugate "to eat" in the present tense (eat, eats). In French, there are five different words that must be used in agreement with 1st, 2nd, or 3rd person singular and plural. Je mange (I eat), Tu manges (you eat, singular informal), il/elle mange (he/she eats), nous mangeons (we eat), vous mangez (you eat, polite or plural "you"), ils/elles mangent = they eat.


Merci! Your comments here are very helpful.


Well, technically, yes! But so do "mange" and "manges" and "mangent"... all five mean am/is/are eating. The thing is they are used after different pronouns. Here is how the verb "manger" is conjugated:

Je mange Tu manges Il/Elle/On mange Nous mangeons Vous mangez Ils/Elles mangent

Good luck and Enjoy :)


so how would it be written if they each had their own orange... ??


Nous mangeons nos oranges, ou nous mangeons des oranges.

We're eating our oranges, or we're eating (some) oranges.


how come you dont need to pronounce the s at the end of mangeons even though it is followed with an une?


Some possible "liaisons" are pronounced, some are not, depending on various rules. http://french.about.com/library/pronunciation/bl-liaisons.htm


the optional liaisons: if you are confused, it's better to pronounce it.


sickpax.- you can make the liaison if you wish.and it will be correct.


how do you tell past from present tense. for example: "We EAT an orange" from "We ARE EATING an orange"?

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"We eat an orange" (Simple Present) and "we are eating an orange" (Present Continuous) are translated from "Nous mangeons une orange". There is no past tense there. If you wanted to say "we ate ..." (past tense), you would use the French Compound Past (Passé composé). It would be "Nous avons mangé une orange" = we ate an orange. You will learn that later.


how should we pronaunce "mangeons"? manjo or manjon? plz help me :| and other first plurar with eons>> on or o?? tnx


The sound is not exactly like a long o there is a nasal sound as if you were going to say the n, but you don't. The ge in mangeons sounds like the second g in garage, not exactly like a j. It is more of a rolled sound, rather than chopped.

The liason is optional here. If you are judging by the recordings, keep in mind that the slow recording will never show the liasons, because it was recorded one word at a time. See above for links to website explaining when to use liasons or not.

The liason is the last consonant, in this case the "s", which is linked to the next word when it starts with a vowel.

Try the speaker on the google translate (Keep in mind that the translater is not always perfect.)



I think its wierd that they are eating a single orange cant you find at least two oranges for peoplw two eat!?!


The explanation is above. Again for you:

1) "We" starts at 2 individuals. Sharing an orange with one other person is not impossible.

2) A plural subject with a singular object can mean "one each" or "one shared", depending on the nature of the object.

3) "We eat oranges" would not tell how many each eats.

As a consequence, you can safely translate this to "we eat an orange", "we are eating an orange" and remember the French convention explained in 2).


johndsee- for me it's clear, everyone eats its own orange


For anyone confused on mange vs mangent vs mangeons etc, it's just a matter of conjugation. You'd use a different form of the verb depending on who's doing the action (sort of like eat vs eats in English). Here are the conjugations for the present simple:

MANGER (to eat)
je mange /mɑ̃ʒ/
tu manges /mɑ̃ʒ/
il mange /mɑ̃ʒ/
nous mangeons /mɑ̃.ʒɔ̃/
vous mangez /mɑ̃.ʒe/
ils mangent /mɑ̃ʒ/

You'll notice that mange, manges and mangent are all pronounced the same; only mangeons and mangez sound different. This means that « il mange » and « ils mangent » are both pronounced exactly the same, and only context can tell the difference.



Would this be the way you would say "Let's eat an orange.", as a suggestion? When I hover mangeons says "let us eat", and I tried translating it as "Let's eat an orange." and failed.


anthony- nous mangeons, is we eat. mangeons means, let's eat, this is imperative, and to make the difference, look if there's a pronoun before the verb, if there's none, it's imperative.


Hey, can someone tell me the difference or how these words work? Mange, manges, mangez, mangeon, mangeons?? Its confusing....

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You must conjugate the verb "to eat" in English and the verb "manger" in French so that they agree. You cannot use a single word translation and always be correct. In English, there is only "eat" and "eats" for the present tense and "is eating" and "are eating" for the present continuous. For French, there are five different forms for conjugating the verb "manger" and you must know when to use each one. Please read the Tips & Notes for this lesson or open this link in a browser: http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/Introduction-To-French-Verbs.htm


Yup... here:

Je mange

Tu manges

Il/Elle/on mange

Nous mangeons

Vous mangez

Ils/Elles mangent

Note that "mange", "manges" and "mangent" are pronounced the same way.


I didn't understand the differences between mange,manges,mangez,and mangeons.


conjugation. The verb will change depending on who is eating. Je mange, tu manges, nous mangeons...

I find that learning the conjugation as (for example) "nous mangeons" instead of simply "mangeons" helps me better

For any verb, you can look up it's conjugation on google easily. The page for manger is here.


This page will help you learn general rules for conjugation.



Is this said like were spliting an orange or are we eating oranges.... i feel like im getting hit with bad grammer but i may be wrong?


Not necessarily. Conventionally, 2 or more people having a singular possession can mean "one each". Of course, it depends on the thing.


Splitting an orange.


What is the difference between mangeons, manges and mange ?


French verbs are extensively conjugated. In English, you only have two forms "eat" and "eats". In French there are 5:

je mange, tu manges, il/elle/on mange, nous mangeons, vous mangez, ils/elles mangent


Wow the French really love their Food & eating it, to the extent of using 5 conjugates for the verb "manger {"to eat"}" in the present tense in French; (mange, manges, mangeouns, mangez, mangent) of which they're 2 in English (eat, eats)!!


All verbs are extensively conjugated in French with different endings depending on the grammatical person.


Just listen and try to make some sense out of the words you have. I have no idea if you had the same concept, but for me you can't be eating france, so that's eliminated. Then you had to rearrange the words to make sense


Lol i put car instead of orange cause I was thinking about cars


I dont understand is mange femenine or mesculine samr thing with mange mangez mangeons like whats thr differents pls help


All of them are conjugations of manger in the present tense and don't change for number and gender.

I think what is confusing you is that, for nous, an extra "e" is added before the usual ending. This is done so that the "g" still has a soft sound:

je mange
tu manges
il/elle mange
nous mangeons ils/elles mangent


Great advice! :) For the nous conjugation, is it "mangeont" or "mangeons"? From what I've seen, it seems to be the latter, but I'm not sure. Thanks! :D

Merci beaucoup,

~ A.N. Parker


Slip of the finger, thanks, corrected!


Ah, you're welcome! :) Or should I say... De rien. ^-^

Au revoir,

~ A.N. Parker


I'm still learning French, so don't quote me on this, LOL, but I think it's very similar to Spanish in that verbs are not masculine or feminine; nouns are. For example, think of the phrase "an American," or "the American." The French translation for an American man would be "un americain" or "le americain," while the translation for an American woman would be "une americaine" or "la americaine." Verbs, however, only conjugate based on person (I/me, you, he/she/him/her, they/them). "Mange" is one of those words that sounds similar but is different depending on the person. You can say "Je mange" (I eat), "Tu manges" (you eat), "Il/elle mange" (he/she eats), "Nous mangeons" (we eat), and "Ils/elles mangent" (they eat). The "mangez" you were talking about is a formal you. "Vous mangez" is you eat but when talking formally rather than informally. :)

Please let me know if this helps! :D

J'espère avoir aidé,

~ A.N. Parker


To diolingo: When would several people actually eat just ONE orange or apple? The fruit should be in plural...


A piece of fruit can easily be cut up and shared.


especially an orange! it comes in segments


I suppose I can see that. Haha!


anita- each people eats an orange, so singular, native here


Haha, that's what I was thinking too.


I-e ending You-es ending He/she-e ending now plurals... We-ons ending You all-ez ending Them/boys/girls-ent ending

Hope it helps!


I answered "We eat an orange" and was deemed wrong. Am I incorrect that "Nous mangeons" is simple present tense, and no duration is implied?


Both "we eat an orange" and "we are eating an orange" are correct and accepted.

Besides, "nous mangeons" is neutral when it comes to duration since there is no continuous present verbal form in French.


why do we use une for orange instead of un


because it's feminine


That's a big orange


Why so? How many people do you think there are in "we"? Can't you share an orange with someone?

In any event, in French, a singular object with a plural subject suggests either "one each" or "one shared".


This is the third time I write to Duolingo. I can not complete the exercise: I do not have access to keyboard nor multiple choices. Believe that my computer is not capable of dealing with the improved Duo version. Please I need this message to reach authorities in the matter. Thank you.


On the sentence discussion forums, you don't write to Duolingo whose staff does not read them. You write to other users who can share their experience and tips. In this matter, I would advise you to zoom out to 67% or 75% to be able to see the whole exercise page, with all words and the keyboard button.


When are you going to fix your program??!!! No choices shown, you cannot complete the question and the lesson!!!!!


Have you tried to zoom out to 67% or 75% in case the layout did not fully show?


Thank you "Jan498839" and "sitesurf" for your answers. I am using my smart phone now.


"We're eating the orange" was marked as incorrect. Shouldn't that be allowed as an answer?


the orange = l'orange; an orange = une orange


how come 'manges' is 'are eating' but now it is not?


tu manges -> you are eating

nous mangeons -> we are eating


Why is "we eat an orange" the same as "we are eating an orange" in french


warren- what are you doing now? je suis en train de manger une orange, it's at the moment, now and French does not have the ing end like in English. What do you eat on afternoons? Je mange une orange. As you can see, when I ask what do you eat on afternoons, you can answer that you are eating an orange. That's why there is a little difference between the two


good for pronouncing


Are "we" all eating one orange or are "we" all eating oranges?


Hi dulingo, there is error for me. My phone doent play any sound. What should i do?


When do you use mange and when do you use manges, so confusing


Which mange do you use and when?

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