"The boys' dogs"

Translation:Les chiens des garçons

December 23, 2012



And with just a comma, would it change the sense?
"Les chiennes, des garçons" = "The dogs, some boys".

March 17, 2013



July 13, 2014


This proves how important punctuation is

November 28, 2018


Are we alredy studying possesive forme at this time??

October 22, 2014


Yeah I was wondering the same. I was strengthening my repeating old lessons so I tho that there would be only questions that I have already practiced, but suddenly possessive forms? Nice to lose heart for nothing.

October 28, 2014


What if there is only one boy? In English when we say, "the boy's dogs" we are usually talking about one boy. To say "the boy's dogs" when we are talking about several boys we might say, "The dogs of the boys."

February 5, 2013


In english the phrase "The boys' dogs" with the apostrophe after the s means plural boys. In french, if you wanted to say "The boy's dogs" (singular, apostrophe before s) you would say "La chienne/Le chien du garcon".

February 5, 2013


Les chiens du garçon

May 30, 2018



February 5, 2013


There is a difference between "the boy's (one boy's) dogs" and "the boys' (many boys) dogs.

May 16, 2018


Would this be an awkward one to drop in a French-speaking country? From a previous discussion, it seems that this connotes "the boys' bitches".

April 17, 2013


Wrong. Chienne=female dog, is what you can translate as ❤❤❤❤❤, not chien

February 21, 2015


I think it's okay because it is "The dogs of (the) boys".

December 28, 2012


So if i want to say "the boy's dogs", it would be "Les chiens du garçon" is this correct?

July 13, 2015


Yes, unless the boy's dogs were all female (bitches) then it would be "Les chiennes du..."

February 9, 2017


Doesn't "chiennes" mean "bitches" and not "dogs". In other words, chiennes is the female version for dog. But how, by this sentence, and I supposed to know to translate dogs into the female form?

July 8, 2014


"Chienne" is pronounced like "She-enn." "Chien" is pronounced like "Sh-yun". The best way to hear this is to go to Google Translate and type in "Chienne" and "Chien" and click the little speaker button to hear the robot pronounce them one after the other.

April 16, 2015


They sound the "n" for female dogs while the "n" is silent for male dogs. If I'm not mistaken.

September 9, 2014


I put "les chiens des les garcons" but it's wrong. I don't understand why you can simply write garcons without an article word ahead of it. "The dogs of the boys" ("of" showing the possessive relation) should be literally translated to les chiens des les garcons. No?

April 9, 2015


Des=de+les ; so it already translates to "of the", you don't need another "les" afterwards.

April 9, 2015


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.

January 20, 2016


Thank you! This was really causing me difficulty, too. :) Clearly, I need to go back a really learn when to use de, des, le, les, du, etc....

May 29, 2015


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."

April 7, 2017


ok chiennes are female dogs and chiens are masculine dogs so why is this the same answer?

November 18, 2013


Because chiennes are female dogs and cheins are male dogs so they both mean dogs

January 10, 2015


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

February 5, 2014


Yours means "the boys of the dogs". This was explained earlier, above.

December 2, 2016


And, no, French does NOT use possessive apostrophes.

February 9, 2017


Why is 'les chiens des fils' wrong?!

November 19, 2014


Fils is son, not boys.

April 16, 2015


Why is du garcons wrong? Its masculine

November 24, 2014


Just one boy = Les chiens du garçon. The boy's dogs.

More than one boy = Les chiens des garçons. The boys' dogs.

November 24, 2014


It may be masculine, but it is not plural. Plural form would be "des". Hope I helped :)

February 19, 2015


Wouldn't it be "des les garcons"? Seems like "des garcons" implies just "boys dogs", not THE boys dogs

December 17, 2014


des is a contraction of de and les.

February 8, 2015


Why isn't it Les chiennes des garcons? The dogs could be female?

January 9, 2015


Well yes, but we don't know all the dogs are female. Les chiennes means the female dogs, whereas les chiens means dogs. les chiens is technically male and female dogs.

February 8, 2015


Why is it "les chiens des garcons when it is the boys's dogs. Chiens are dogs so why it is chiens and not garcons first? Really confused...

March 15, 2015


If "the boys' dogs" confuses you, try reading that as "The dogs of the boys" the first couple of times you face this. That would be a word to word translation, and as you can see, it gives "Les chiens des garcons".

March 15, 2015


Merci beaucoup!!!

April 9, 2015


The dogs the boys ?

April 15, 2015


Nope, "The dogs OF the boys", or simply " The boys' dogs".

April 17, 2015


I put: Les chiens de les garcons. (The 'C' is with the thing underneath, forgot what it is called) Anyway, why is it wrong?

December 21, 2015


There is no de les, you say des.

December 22, 2015


"The dogs of the boys." Des can mean "some" or "of the." It's the plural of "de"

April 8, 2016


it doesn't specify if they are female or male

October 20, 2016


Actually it doesn't need to, there will be no difference here.

October 25, 2016


None of the answers return back as correct.

October 26, 2016


If it says to select ALL the correct ones then you're marked wrong if you only choose one

July 30, 2018


I don't understand this sentence ( The boys' dogs ) I guess it's completely wrong it must be ( The boy's dogs ).

November 12, 2016


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."

February 9, 2017


Why does the order change based on posession?

November 14, 2016


It doesn't. In french we don't have a 's so what we do is translate the phrase "The dogs of the boys". which is as mentioned above.

November 15, 2016


It says the answer, I click on it and it says I'm wrong. I try all of them, none are right.

November 30, 2016


There are 2 correct answers. You must select them both to answer correctly.

May 9, 2017


On the same instance? You don't get three tries.

February 9, 2017


this is actually a problem many people including me are facing.

February 20, 2017


I'm looking for a clarification -- How can you "try all of them"? Once you've answered, it won't accept any other tries.

February 21, 2017


The way the quizzes are designed, if you answer a question wrong it asks the same question at the end of the quiz (most times) .But all the answers are wrong so you keep answering the same question over and over. Do you understand ?

March 8, 2017


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!

March 8, 2017


yes I am

March 8, 2017


I get that it says "des" because it's plural, but does the plural refer to multiple dogs or multiple boys? In other words, how would I translate "the boy's dogs" or "the boys' dog"?

January 6, 2017


The "des" refers to the plural "boys." If you want to talk about one boy's dogs, you write, "Les chiens du..." and if several boys own one dog, it's "Le chien des..." (Again, you might need to change to "chienne/chiennes" if the dogs are [all] female)

February 9, 2017


Why is "Des garçons' chiennes" wrong? (...)

January 11, 2017


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..."

February 9, 2017


It was a bad joke...

February 9, 2017


I think there is a problem about this question, which is " the second option is the correct answer but it is shown as a wrong one " please consider this problem I also have reported this so many times

May 26, 2017


I answered "Les chiennes des garçons" as a translation for "The boys' dogs". It said that it was incorect, but it listed my answer as correct in the bottom section (It was multiple choice) What Happened????

June 9, 2017


it wont let me do the correct answer

July 26, 2017


Why does it mark "les chiens des garcons" incorrectly but then says that is one of the correct translations in the message at the bottom?

November 9, 2017


i'm putting the wronge solution but it says that it's write!

November 17, 2017


It confuses me to talk about all possible ways to correctly answer Duo s questions when I only need to understand the answer Duo wants

January 20, 2018


I'm still not why in this sentence, dog would come before boy in the translation

March 3, 2018


I don't understand because I thought that ' Les chiens des garçons' means The dogs, the boys.

April 9, 2018


Kind of strange.

April 10, 2018


i very much like this lesson where you click on the word in French. thx Duo!

May 7, 2018


just what??

May 8, 2018


Doesn't this translate to "the dogs belong to the boys"?

May 16, 2018


I have a question, why in French it does not allow me to use the masculine gender. If in English is the same for the male or female "dogs"...because Duo insists on the phrase with chiennes? Chiens may be accept or not?

June 25, 2018


I dont understand what the apostrophe does or why it does it

July 31, 2018


Does the apostrophe replace the word some

July 31, 2018


Why have we used chiennes instead of chiens here?

February 2, 2019
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