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"Les robes des femmes"

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December 23, 2012

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https://www.duolingo.com/isida
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i can't understand the plurals because of the accent

December 27, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/slipperhat

it's all in the articles: they sound different. "Le" almost sounds like "luh" and "Les" sounds like "lay". that's how you know if it's plural or not.

December 30, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/rubis17

Same here!

December 28, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/cadu102
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Cannot hear the 's sound at all!

December 23, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf
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None is to be heard, actually.

December 24, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/redmirror78

Glad I got this one right

December 25, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/lang1218

i thought it was the women have some dresses.

December 27, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/aorozko

I keep getting this one wrong because I can't hear the 's'!

December 29, 2012

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I repeat: no "s" is to be heard. the plural forms which you should hear are "les" and "des". This sentence in the singular form is "la robe de la femme". Quite different!

December 29, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/aorozko

Got it! I definitely see what you're saying now. Merci!

December 31, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Cheery
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There are lots of useful videos, concerning French pronunciation on youtube. Though as a very general rule, most constants at the end of the word in French are not pronounced, hence why you need to listen to the article to consider if it is plural or not. However I seriously recommend you look up French pronunciation, as it is quite different to English. This is a good comprehensive lesson on the subject: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckzM6-Ee7wU

January 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/le_loupe

The only way one knows is in the correct pronunciation of les and des. The s' are not pronounced. Les and des are both pronounced differently than le and de. Check that out and you should be able to discern the difference.

December 31, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/arronhunt

I understand you don't always hear plurals, but how am I to distinguish this between "The woman's dress" without context?

"Le robe de femme"

January 8, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/slipperhat

It would not be "Le robe", because "robe" is feminine. It would be "La robe", which sounds quite different than "Les robes".

If it were a masculine noun, you can tell the difference between "Le" and "Les" because they sound different. See my other comment farther up to see what I'm talking about.

January 8, 2013

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In singular it would be "LA robe DE LA femme" - so you must listen very carefully.

January 8, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/aneekali9000

Mama Luigi :D

January 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/u83rmensch

what part of this implies ownership?

January 12, 2013

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"de la" (of the)

January 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/TwistedSpoon99

Le is pronounced slightly like "luh", whereas "les" is more of a "lay"

January 29, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Yani.pc

the exercise says "Les robes des femmes" and the solution given is "the dresses of the women" but what part of this implies ownership?

February 1, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/slipperhat

"des" literally means "of the". If you were to say, "the car of the man", another way of saying that is "the man's car." Therefore, "the dresses of the women" can also be written "the women's dresses."

February 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Yani.pc

merci

March 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Xueen

What I don't understand is, why can't this be "les robes des femme", or "the woman's dresses"?

February 8, 2013

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If you refer to several dresses owned by one woman: "les robes DE LA femme" = the woman's dresses If you refer to several dresses owned by several women: "les robes DES femmeS" (contraction of DE-LES) = the women's dresses".

February 8, 2013
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