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"Nous mangeons."

Translation:We are eating.

June 22, 2013



So, is "we eat" the correct translation to english? Because i read somewhere here that there is no present progressive so "we are eating" is wrong? Am i wrong?


No, there is no progressive present in French.

So either you say "nous mangeons" or "nous sommes en train de manger", the latter expressing exactly the fact that the action is in progress at the time you speak.


So the translation here is bad. Because it says that the correct translation is "we are eating" and that is present progressive.


No, "nous mangeons"="we eat" or "we are eating", and "we are eating"="nous mangeons", "we eat"="nous mangeons". But, if you need to stress the fact that you are eating right now, then you can use the phrase "je suis en train de manger (maintenat)".


That's a lot of words just to emphasize that we are eating right at this moment.


"we are eating right at this moment " is a similar amount of words :-)

  • 1974

The translation is not bad. Since French does not have a present continuous tense, the present tense is translated to English as either Simple Present or Present Continous. I.e., in French, it is the same, but may sound better in English as:

  • Nous mangeons = we eat (or) we are eating


So, is "Nous mangeons" what a French person would say if a mom calls her son on the phone to see what he and his friends are doing and he wants to say "We are eating." As in, they are at the food court in the mall and are currently eating?


yes. "en train de" is like "right now" You can add it if you need to stress that you are eating right now, but most of the time "nous mangeons" is sufficient.


And it's because there's no present progresive in French that "Nous mangeons" can be translated by either "we eat" OR "we are eating" (depending of the context, English speakers know that) As Sitesuf said, if you want to be very very specific you can use the "en train de" form, but don't abuse of it ("en train de" is very heavy and not very elegant, and used only when you do need this information), it's not an obligation in French to discriminate if the action is an habit or if the action is still running, in this case. You're right, if "we eat" is missing, it's a mistake, but I guess they give only one of the possible translation, the more common, if you try with "we eat", it should works normally!


When do you use "tu" and when do you use "vous" and when do you use the different "mange-..."s?


you use "tu" with a member of your family, a friend, your pet, etc

you use "vous" either with a person you owe respect to (teacher, policeman...) or someone you don't know (met on the street)

you use also "vous" to talk to several people (2 or more)

conjugation of verb "manger", 1st group (similar to all other verbs with infinitive in -er), in indicative present:

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


I have no clue as to how I am suppose to know it is "nous". It doesn't sound like it. How am I suppose to know?


You are not supposed to know, that is why you are a learner. Every new word has to appear one first time. Failing one or several times is part of the game, so it will happen again. Just think about how efficient repetition is when it comes to learning, it will cheer you up.


how is manges different from mangeons ?


conjugation: je mange, tu manges, il/elle/on mange, nous mangeons, vous mangez (polite singular and plural), ils/elles mangent.


Sorry if i interrupt. What is the difference between vous and tu?


vous = you, either as a formal address to one person you are not familiar with or as an address to 2 or more persons.

tu = you, as an informal address to someone you know well.


Can you explain that a bit clearer please? I don't get it

  • I eat = je mange
  • you eat = tu manges / vous mangez*
  • he eats = il mange
  • she eats = elle mange
  • it eats = il/elle mange
  • we eat = nous mangeons
  • they eat = ils/elles mangent

*you eat can be used:

  • as an address to a person you know well: tu manges
  • as an address to a person you don't know well: vous mangez
  • as an address to 2 or more people: vous mangez


Sitesurf says every new word has to appear one first time. But, mangeons was not introduced. I only learned "mange" , "manger" , "mangez", so how was I supposed to know that 'we are eating" was "Nous mangeons"?


Again, you were not supposed to know it and what I said about words is valid for expressions, conjugations, constructions, idioms, etc...


I can't quite understand how to pronounce mangeons.


There are 2 nasal sounds "an" and "on"

"ge" is pronounced like the -s- in "measure"

Otherwise, try Google/Translate to hear another voice (or Forvo.com) and take a look at this: IPA for French


I'm having a hard time figuring out when to use mange, manges, mangeons, and mangez. Any help would be appreciated.


Is there a technical reason for you to not read the whole thread?

Please compare conjugations:

  • je mange = I eat
  • tu manges = you eat
  • il mange = he eats or it eats
  • elle mange = she eats or it eats
  • nous mangeons = we eat
  • vous mangez = you eat
  • ils mangent = they eat
  • elles mangent = they eat


mangons ou mangeons


"mangeons" has an extra -e- to make this form sound "soft" like all other conjugations of verb "manger" (je mange, tu manges, il/elle/on mange, vous mangez, ils/elles mangent)

go = [GO] (hard)

geo = [JO] (soft)

consonant G is "hard" with hard vowels: A, O, U

it is "soft" with E and i


Can someone explain to me when to use mange, mangent, mangez, mangeons, and any other mange-something that there is please


The answer to your question is posted in the thread already


Can anybody clarify if there is a present progressive tense in French?


No, there is not. Continuous tenses do not exist in French, in present or any other tense.

We are eating can translate to simple present "nous mangeons" or to a phrase meaning "in the process of" = nous sommes en train de manger.


Is there a difference in pronunciation between the different conjugations? I know mange and manges sounds the same but what about the others: mangent, mangez, mangeouns?? Thanks


mangent sounds the same as mange and manges, unless there is a vowel sound next in which case you will hear the 't' sound attached to the following vowel. (See the link about liasons). Mangeons and mangez sound differently. http://forvo.com/search/mangeons%20mangez%20mangent/ http://french.about.com/library/pronunciation/bl-liaisons.htm http://french.about.com/library/pronunciation/bl-liaisons-o.htm


Does both "mange" and "mangeons" mean "eat"? If so then how do you know which word to use? What's the diffrence?


Please read the Tips and Notes in the lesson. You will see there that all French verbs are extensively conjugated with specific endings per grammatical person.


How do you pronounce 'mangeons'?


how can I distinguish the difference between mangeons, mangez mange,..etc? How do I know when to use each?

  • 1974

You must know how to conjugate the verb "to eat" in English and the verb "manger" in French. In English present tense, only the forms "eat" and "eats" are used. But in French, there are five different words that correspond to 1st person singular, 1st person plural, 2nd person singular, 2nd person plural, and 3rd person plural.


What is the difference between ''manges'' and ''mangeons''? Aren't they both used for plural?

  • 1974

No, "tu manges" is always used for the singular, informal "you eat". "Mangeons" is the 1st person plural "we" form. "Nous mangeons" = we eat (or) we are eating. You will find more information on the other forms of the conjugation on this page.


does there need to be the word 'sont' in this sentence?

  • 1974

Not every word has to translate to a corresponding word in the target language. So the French "nous mangeons" may be translated as either "we eat" or "we are eating." The latter is called the present continuous tense in English. It cannot be translated word-for-word to French. Rather, use the corresponding tense in French, which is the present tense.


No. In english we say "we are eating" or "we eat", both are about eating and translate to "Nous mangeons". "ils sont" or "nous sommes" is only used when the verb is "to be" eg "we are here" - "nous sommes ici"


Can someone help me out? Is there a way to know how to conjugate the verbs?

  • 1974

Of course. Open this link in a browser for information. http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/verbconjugation.htm


So... Mangeons is for nous/vous, and mange/manges is for tu/je?

  • 1974

No, please take a look at how verbs are conjugated here: http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/verbconjugation.htm


how we can identify by hearing the pronounciation of mangeos and mangez?

  • 1974

Those two words sound different in French. Plus, you will get another clue by listening to the subject that comes before it. Nous mangeons (or) vous mangez. They can never be interchanged, i.e., never nous mangez or vous mangeons.


mangeons sounds like mon-jon (soft j)

mangez sounds like mon-jay (soft j)


Shouldent it be we eat?


Both "we eat" and "we are eating" are right


when i hover over ''mangeons'' is says ''we are eating'' ''we eat'' and ''ate'' and when i typed in ''ate'' it said it was wrong

  • 1974

Even the hints are wrong sometimes. "Mangeons" is NEVER "ate". I removed it from the hint list.


Multiple choice error number 54. 'Mangeons' is missed from the sentence but not offered as a choice in the possible answers. This is the fifth error I have found today and I have only done three sets of questions! PLEASE either check the multiple choice questions or abandon them NOW!!!!


I hate when it submits your answer before you finish typing


Nous mangeons- we are eating, but why is: we eat as wrong


What is the difference between mange, mangeous, manges and mangez


Ok You are correct


Why did they make more forms of eat.... :( i was having enough trouble without this one....


What is the exact pronunciation for 'Nous'? Is it "nooz" or "noo"??

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