It is impossible to hear the difference between the singular and plural in this case. How do we know which she is talking about?
If it were a listening exercise only, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference between singular and plural. In a real conversation, you would know by context.
The written exercise shows a plural subject (ils) and a plural verb (mangent). Singular would be "il mange le repas."
You will know by the le/la or les (pronounced lueh lah or lae). Most French words you will never pronounce the s for plural.
My french friend told me I was gonna hate this fact about the laguage since it's so irregular. But c'est la vie...
You don't. Both translations are valid: il mange and ils mangent since they are pronunced exactly the same way.
Then the french that I provided should have been accepted but was not. I know that the lesson is trying to teach specific things, so I am not upset about it. It is just frustrating when you write what would be a correct answer and it says, "Sorry, this is incorrect." As if learning a new language wasn't frustrating enough...
That is why I commented. I really enjoy the site and I have been recommending it to everyone I know. It is nice to know you guys are here to discuss this stuff with us.
no 'ils' is plural for 'they masculine' and 'il' is singular for 'him' or 'he'.
My input of il mange was graded as correct even though the indicated translation was they are eating.
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Ah! that's an easy one: "un repas" -> "des repas". Generally speaking all words ending with an "s" in singular do not change in plural.
Il mange can also mean "He is eating"..How do we differentiate between Il mange and Ils mangent as it can also mean "They are eating" (Both Il and Ils sound exactly the same!!!)...Plz explain
"il mange" and "ils mangent" cannot be differentiated in speech.
That is why Duo accepts both as correct answers.
Is there a way to know if the meal is singular or plural in speech? I put "Ils mangent les repas" and was marked wrong.
Ils mangent le repas = They are eating the meal.
I can't think of an example where I would actually say that..? Surely its: they are eating a meal?
"the" indicates that it is a specific meal, probably already mentioned previously.
they are eating the meal (you prepared for them).
It says.. u have used the indefinite of a instead of the.. does it even matter
It does matter.
definite articles: "le, la, l'" in singular and "les" in plural = the
indefinite articles: "un, une" in singular and "des" in plural = a/one, -(none)-
- ils/elles mangent le repas = they eat the meal
- ils/elles mangent un repas = they eat a meal
how do i know if its masculine or feminine i reallyh thought with a e it was feminine
why it take so long for it to say im right? just asking reply if that is happening to you guys
The French present tense can translate to the English simple present or continuous present.
Context tells if the action is habitual or in progress.