"The boys' dogs"
Translation:Les chiens des garçons
I see. So does that mean that for possessive singulars I can say "du garçon", and for plural "des garçons"?? I think there is a Tips and Notes on plurals and possessives to clarify this further. I guess I get very confused with the double use of "du" and "des" in their roles as partitive, indefinite plural and possessives...uumm, French is getting a bit hairy, jeje.
okay... that was really annoying considering it was the first question I was given. Plus, why is "les chiennes" before "des garcons." I feel like it could just be my lack of understanding of French (which is somewhat limited), but at the same tome shouldn't the sentence be "the dogs, boys" which, if I'm correct, should translate into "les chiennes, des garcons."
i think the construction of this sentence is also correct :) " les garçons des chiens ". I believe that apostrophe means ownership,, can we also use it in french? Please enlighten me , if so garçons' would be like boys' , Im just assuming if there are words like that in french. Please correct me Thanks
No, the apostrophe coming after the "s" indicates that there two or more (plural) boys who own the dogs. If a boy owns dogs, then it's "The boy's dogs" but if you are talking about boys who own the dogs (for example, if they are brothers and the family owns several dogs) then you write, "The boys' dogs."
Thanks for explaining. I've seen questions I've missed come up at the end, but I've always gotten them right that time, so I didn't make the connection. Don't know why it hasn't worked for you. Sometimes there are similar but slightly different forms of a question, but you're sure it was the same one and the given answer didn't work? That sure is weird!
French doesn't use possessive apostrophes, "Des" is possessive, so what you have there is "Of the boys(meaningless apostrophe) dogs" plus the order of the words is important and what is possessed comes before "des" -- as was pointed out above, it might help to think of "Les chiennes des..." as "The dogs of the..."