"Les livres sont rouges."
Translation:The books are red.
With the example "The book is red," you say "Le livre est rouge." For plural "books," you would say "Les livres sont rouges." You can notice the difference between 'are' and 'is,' while the 's' in "livers" and "rouges" is not pronounced. With a sentence fragment such as "The cat," you say "Le chat." The plural is "Les chats," without pronouncing the 's' in either. "Les is pronounced "LEH" while "Le" is pronounced "LOO"
Well of course in this case, "rouge" is pronounced identically as "rouges", because the final -s is mute. Beware, though, 'cause there are plurals with different pronunciation.
But in many cases they are IDENTICAL ! And how can I know, when listening, if it's plural or singular?
Pay attention to the subject and the verb. To know the difference between rouge and rouges, look if the verb that precedes refers to a singular subject or a plural one. If the sentence had been "Le livre est rouge", you would have known that rouge goes without -s because the verb "être" is in its singular form, therefore there is only one book.
LES livres SONT rouges: I capitalized the marks of the plural that make you write "rougeS" instead of "rouge".
Why is "rouges" plural? Is this to say there are multiple reds or because in french adjectives are pluralized?
French adjectives are plural when the noun is plural. 'Les livres' requires the plural adjective 'rouges', whereas 'le livre' would require only 'rouge'.
It' not the same logic, quit your English logic. There's no multiple reds, but multiple red items, yes. The adjective always take the same gender and number that the noun it qualifies, it's a link between the noun and its adjectives.
how can you tell if "rouges" is plural or not! i can't hear the difference when she says it.
You don't have to hear the difference. LES livres SONT rouges. I capitalized the plural marks that make you write "rougeS" instead of "rouge".
Hiya ANDY. An "S" is required on the end of "book" to make it plural to "books" to use "are." (The books are red; The book IS red.)
is "sont" always "are"? Can "sont" be "were"? I'm guessing not because I got it wrong for typing that, but if that's the case, what is the French word for "were" then?
Hmmmm, Echobat. Sont= Are preceding a plural noun. Were=Etaient also you were right= tu avais raison. all to do with context and grammatical structure. Language is neither logical nor straightforward.
Why is 'red' plural? If somebody could explain I would be very thankful x
In this particular exercise I am supposed to type in French what I hear Les livres sont rouge - I have done this - but it continually comes up as wrong - plurals level 3 - 6/9. Tks.