1. Forum
  2. >
  3. Topic: French
  4. >
  5. "Ils mangent une orange."

"Ils mangent une orange."

Translation:They are eating an orange.

December 30, 2012

252 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fenn50

This sounds, to me, no different to 'Il mange une orange'


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChibiPop

Not to mention the extra level of confusing that is multiple people eating the same singular orange.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/danielA467

why not "they are eating oranges"???


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EbrahimGab

because it says une orange not les oranges


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/UmeshPoswa

I guess 'les oranges' would mean 'the oranges' and 'oranges'


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JerryChandra

Cos one orange is appealing to all of them so theyre all eating one orange together possibly kissing at the same time


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/coco150996

LOL thats what hapens wen you eat noodols


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fulla1243

Because its orange not orange(s) plus they added une which means uts a singler not (des)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/solofrog

How is it weird? The most common way to eat an orange is to cut it into pieces. When you cut it up you don't call it multiple oranges.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SolPerezLu

Maybe they are sharing the last orange in the basquet... ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gudoistic

This is how you end an argument. Kudos.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

It's more a misunderstanding about this orange. I'm sure they have their own orange, each one an orange. You don't need to use the plural here in French. If you say "Ils mangent l'orange", yes, in this case, it's clear, there is only one orange, but not in the Duolingo sentence.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RogelioCab5

"Ils mangent un orange" means They are all eating an orange. "Ils mangent le orange" they are all eating the orange. "Ils mangent oranges" they are eating oranges


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PcouDracp

The answer to it in english makes no sense but tge correct translarion of it is " they are eating an orange”


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/supu1

Why the same singular orange? The sentence means that each eats its own orange


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/reginaldgi

Slices, they cut the Orange into slices


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/trincowski

French is a nightmare because of this... Il mange, Ils mangent... it all sounds the same.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ardentllama

I inputted this and it was correct (and I thought the same doing so).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JamesJunction

I think it means they are eating one orange between them.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

I don't think so.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/queshaw

I can't reply to the post above about: Ils se partagent une orange.

This seems like an important French speech pattern to recognize, if it happens everywhere. There is an activity "eating an orange" and they are each performing the action. As opposed to an action "eating" done to a thing "an orange" and they are each doing the action to the thing.

Does "ils le coup un home" mean they are each kicking their own man?

In English, when kicking a man, the kicking action is done to the man.

When eating an orange, and you have bad manners, it could be described as doing the eating action to the orange. With good manners, you and the orange, together, are performing the orange eating activity.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ayrede

that's what I wrote and it was correct.....and then translation "THEY eat..."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

yes, why not "they"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VelascoPedro

I answered "Il mange une orange" and it said it was right. Whaaaaat


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CeCe011

I thought is an emotional dollars


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

Il mange une orange is not correct here, I don't know why they did accept it, a bug. They is "ils" or "elles", and "ils" is always "they", "il" is always "he", and "he" always "il".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alanovsky_Vo

Yes, i cant hear mange, manges and mangent. What are they difference when we pronounce


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/clelestellar

there is no difference except if the word that follows mangent begins with a vowel the t would be pronounced but like in english people drop sounds all the time if they aren't in tv news anchor mode mange and manges sound exactly the same


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

You're right, here, you cannot know if it's plural or singular, you need to see the sentence written or to know in the conversation. If you say "Ils mangent tous une orange" is already more clear, it's a plural. tous= all. But this form is only used when you really need to avoid the confusion.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aleksxoxo

my same problem...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PTPM_Leroy

That's what I put and it said "almost correct"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/d.lkhagvadorj

Yeah, my french professors used to test us on whether we could tell if it was singular, plural or indiscernible


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Squinnt

It is very difficult for me to hear the difference as well.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HKEggTarts

Il means 'he' and therefore it is singular whereas ils = 'they' which is plural


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jjwalker_e

I agree. Thats what i typed in and it said i was correct...however the translation was pluraled. Weird.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DorkyGlasses

i know right! it's so hard to tell the difference when it comes to this stuff


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/masoomeh_1997

I cant find differences too!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DjouBou99

The sound yes , but "Il" is singular and "Ils" is plural


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Edilsonbrazilian

i am in agreement,the sound is the same


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FrenchieMastery

We learned these words a long time ago you will eventually get it right


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lifeseyephoto

I agree. All the different forms of mange sound the sound same.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hippoman13

For clarification: "Il mange" and "Ils mangent" have the same pronunciation.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/almaciga

Shoot then they should try to differentiate it by saying "plural" in French before dictating. Just like a teacher in the class room.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chadfr

Oui bonne idée! :-)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/onceinawhile

Oh, that explains it. Thank you. That was very confusing.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dagrooms

They should have a native speaker record the voice for the lesson, NOT a computer generated voice.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mazenk

The problem is that either way they sound the same, its context that helps you differentiate.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alecnuno

but at least for this one, the pronounciation of ¨orange¨is awful for me, sound just like ¨unovamos¨, and not make sense because in the first lessons, they put orange in the exercise too, and its well pronounced, or at least recognizable, in this case there must be an error whit the voice record


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/queshaw

In case someone doesn't here the audio: I had to scroll down to where it says PERCE_NEIGE to find the link.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JamesJunction

I had trouble hearing it correctly too.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

Here it is: http://fr.forvo.com/word/ils_mangent_une_orange./ I didn't recorded Il mange une orange, because it's the same thing, no difference here.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/queshaw

I didn't find this.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

Sorry, I post it again, because they removed it on Forvo (they only accept words and not sentence, and I didn't know. Thanks for having pointed that the link had been removed, this is another link: http://vocaroo.com/i/s1FJ74UAxufb


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lfairchild

agreed. what is the difference in the pronunciation of the sentences with il vs ils?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kalukuhan

"Ils mangent" and "il mange" are pronounced exactly the same, and the context wthin this sentence doesn't help.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zchbaniel25

DL accepts "Il mange une orange" as well as the plural form - in the "Listen and Type" exercise.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

For the listen exercice, it's normal, because "il mange" and "ils mangent" have the same pronounciation, but for the translation exercice, no.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stickplayer

Then they changed it, perhaps in response to our comments.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shanon69

They should provide an image that will solve the proble.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bhouse113

That would be good since the pronunciation is the same.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/simon4nine

Again, how can one distinguish this from "Il mange une orange" Or would it just be context?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hakoon1

Correct, it would be contextual. There is an incredibly subtle pronunciation change, but mostly it is down to context.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

No, there's no difference in the pronounciation, but this kind of sentence is not very common.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Haashish

Perhaps they should include some hint for the context in brackets otherwise its a waste of heart on this one.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

Once you know it, it becomes easy.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jefe06

Sound like i'm not the only one having difficulty telling the difference between mange, manges and mangent.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

No difference when you pronounce them, but I can't confuse them, because I don't need to distinguish them when I hear them, I know the pronoun or the subject they are linked to, but if I write, I know my conjugations and I know that the first person, "je" is always with mange", "tu" with "manges" and ils or elles with "mangent", it's only the written form.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hasinraihan

what is the difference between mangez and mange


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hayoya20

When do u we use mangent and the other forms ..like what comes with it ... je ...tu...nous??


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lordchez

Please help. What are the correct places to use, mangent, mangeon, manges, and mange? I am really confused.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/2LlAmaFarm

lls or elles used as "they". What is used if "they" are mixed sexes? I would think it would default to the masculine.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hakoon1

Correct, mixed groups use the masculine form, even if the amount of feminine items vastly outnumbers the number of male items.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bhouse113

I got this correct, because it was written. However when it is spoken, I don't hear a difference between il and ils-- also don't hear a difference in the pronunciation of mange or mangent


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

It's normal, nobody can when it's spoken but in this case, they will accept both, don't worry.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Annabelle21

I have difficulty hearing plurals


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

They can't be heard all. You need to ear the articles and the verbs, but here the sentence is a trick, you can't know (it's an exception)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/1OwOl

Guys please fix this, this involves guessing!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dconard00

Can somebody help me with the conjugations?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jjsdouglas

Sounds to me as "il mange l'orange".....these categories need to be updated or not counted


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DjouBou99

Listening to the AMAZING "Lana Del Rey" and learning french is Cool


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bestica

you people are babies obviously they are sharing the orange just do the freaking lessons and dont complain


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sophie321277

Why does ill and Elles mean the same thing?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ryan872770

How do you know when its past or present tense?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AllenOcean97

Oh, the French... Eating one single orange all at the same time. How romantic.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CMTerblanche

Ack! So many! Ehich one should i choose? How do i know the difference


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Akshay631241

Why une orange, why not un'orange as in L'homme? Sorry if it's a stupid question.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/meisamghar

Why in this sentence use "une orange" but dont use " oranges"? are they eating only one orange?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/trincowski

Yes, it seems they are. Or else it would have been "des oranges"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dradil

I got confused between elle and il. Also same pronunciation for all forms of mange.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jaani

Simple.. elle is pronounced as the letter "L" while il is more like "ill"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

No, it's not the same pronounciation, it's more subtle than in English, but it's not the same eeel and èèèl.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/angeliemiel

not fair... sounds exactly the same. keep losing hearts!!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

What kind of exercise did you have? French from English? English from French?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kamcd32

My singular il mange was accepted but there should have been a note to clarify the question. Probably with ideal sound there might be a very subtle difference, with an infinitesimal e sound at the end of mangent but I doubt that. Context is the answer, as several have said. (Subsequently I discovered in another set of exercises the note that both phrases sound exactly the same.)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

There's no difference between "ils mangent" and "il mange", because there is no liaison. Yes, context.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/adnanchowdhury

How do you know when to use 'ils' and when to use 'elles' as a translation for the word 'they'? It's not always 'ils', is it?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kamcd32

Use ils if there is no clue 'they' are all feminine. Ils is for 'they' all males or both males and females, that is, mixed genders.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

They accept both when there are no other clues. They eat = Ils mangent or Elles mangent, if you try the exercice several times or on other exercices, you will see. Elles mangent = I can only translate by "they eat", and "they eat", I can translate it by "ils" or "elles". Except if I have something like "The women, they..." of course.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lloyd0728

the un and une rules of nouns are not clear


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

Masculine noun: un (a), le (the) or l' when you are forced to do a contraction. Plural: les. Feminine noun: une (a), la (the) or l' when you are forced to do a contraction. Plural: les.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ininana

Hey! How should I know that it was plural?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dpaolabr

i wrote ils and it was not correct?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

"ils" is correct.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lingo4me12

phrase is absolutely impossible to understand and promotes peeking the only way to get this right seem to be memorization :(


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

The sentence can be understand: "il mange une orange", or "ils mangent une orange", it's normal.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brave_Heart

The french pronounciation is totally different from the written! It keeps confusing me...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/koshermal

Just like English! :P You'll get there :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

Yes, the "a" in father is not the same "a" than in "alone", why? ;-p


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kywie

i do not understand the different pronunciation between "ils mangent une orange" and "il mange une orange" ? could somebody explain how to hear the difference please?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gavin_d

It sounded to me like 'il mange une orange' . Should it not be ils mangent des oranges?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/koshermal

Yes to the first one. No to the second one.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

You're right to a certain extend. They eat an orange, mean they have each one an orange to eat, (it's the main meaning), but can mean they share an orange (although it should be stated by the speaker if he want us to really understand that, he should be more clear) Ils mangent des oranges = they eat all several orange.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/V.Junior

Well, there is a bit more here. Presently is common, even in France, as a friend sayd, to say "ils mangent une orange" as the same of "il mange une orange". But in the really well spoke french you can hear a liaison in "mangent une", something like "mange T-une". And there is the key to identify the plural. Unfortunately, The DL bot don't speak the liaison, but you can hear it in Google Translate. And this is what i do. Listen here and listen in Google. Hope it help you guys.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

The liaison can be heard sometimes, but in fact, is not proper. See here: http://www.lepointdufle.net/ressources_fle/liaisons_obligatoires_liaisons_interdites.htm#.UzNZrkDTrwg If someone speaks and want really to insist on they are "ils" and not "il", it's probable he would make the liaison, even if it's not proper, and you have other means to be more precise. Ils mangent tous une orange=they're all eating an orange, I know it's plural.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hwoadan

Thanks,so, the liasons are important to distinguish the pronunciation of "ils"? Is there another exception to distinguish this difference?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/workingclasshero

Since 'mangent' is followed by 'une', would the pronunciation change to include 't' ?

Or will this still sound exactly identical to 'il mange' ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kalukuhan

As well as I can remember from French class, the t is generally not pronounced (no liaison) in this case. It is pronounced in questions like "Mangent-ils maintenant?" However, according to my very old (1959) French textbook, "The rules for liaison are by no means absolute, and the extent to which it is practiced varies widely according to the speaker, his milieu, and the style and rapidity of speech he is using. However, in normal, unaffected spoken French, liaisons are made in the following instances ..." [list follows] The case we're discussing here, verb ending in -ent followed by a vowel, is not among the examples listed.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

I agree with you Kalukuhan. But there's rules for liaisons, some are strictly forbidden, some are forbidden but can be heard sometimes, some are not recommended, etc. It's good to try to make the liaison every time you can, except for the forbidden liaison: never after a verb (except with the verb "être), etc...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/benji3.141

This was the last sentence and I lost my last heart on it because of how confusing it is! I was so close!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

Next time, you'll win!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BelghithGoldrag

i understand the same , il...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

It's normal, "il" and "ils" are the same, except in the case of liaisons.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gcalbe

How do I differ "il" and "ils",and "elle" and "ëlles" in terms of pronunciaton? To me, they are pretty much the same.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

There's no ëlles, it doesn't exist. ils= il, except if you have a liaison. It's pronounced "eeel" like "ill", and it's pronounced "eelz" if you have a liaison". Elle is pronounced "ayl" like in "same". I have the same trouble in Portuguese with the "ele"(he) and "ela" (she)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/frogcarguy

I took this to a native french speaker and she says there should be a kiss of a "t" at the end of mangent to make it plurel---and it's not there!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

Normally there's nothing at all a the end, "ent" when it's the verb ending, the 3rd person of plural is only distinct when you write it. I've checked (I'm a native, but sometimes we do improper liaisons too) and this liaison belongs to the forbidden liaison: http://www.lepointdufle.net/ressources_fle/liaisons_obligatoires_liaisons_interdites.htm#.UzNZrkDTrwg Having said that, if you do this liaison, people will understand you, that's not so bad as other liaison can be. Sometimes I say it myself, but it's not proper.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/robinfieshigh

why is it ils (masculine) and then they use the word une (feminine) ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/letibocos

because what is feminine is the orange...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

when you says "he has female cat" or "she as a male dog", there's no link between the gender of the animal and the person who make the action.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nicole339

This make no sense. Une is the feminine for the indefinite article, but un means one and is also the masculine indefinite article. So why is it saying that une means one?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kalukuhan

Both are both. "Une" also means one, used with feminine nouns. When you say the names of the numbers, like in counting, it's always "un."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

"Un" is the masculine of "une". You don't need to bother about "un" = "one" except if you count something, in all other sentence it's strictly "un" = "a". If I say, I have only one book = j'ai seulement un livre. Because I count it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bobmahr

i still don't get it how to read mangent une orange. Help


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/valentynmaria

i think this sentence is not right


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Charles_Scott

I wrote 'They eat oranges.', but it corrected me to 'They eat an orange.' Surely they wouldn't eat one orange between them?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

No, read it can mean they eat each one an orange.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SteveBlack1

Sounds like 'Il mange une orange' which I typed in but still got a correct answer :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SteveBlack1

Sounds like 'Il mange une orange' which I typed in but still got a correct answer :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaryJulian

The actual text says Il mange une orange, NOT ILS MANGENT UNE ORANGE; am I missing something. I thought il mange was he is eating an orange. Thank you


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/V.Junior

Il and Ils have the same pronounce. The trick to find the plural here is to listen to the liaison in "mangent une". It sounds like "mange Twune". Well, put it in Google Translate and listen. You will be able to hear the liaison. À plus!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

Not always! This liaison is not a good one.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/q8ieng

This is driving me crazy;

Ils sounds exactly like Il Les sounds exactly like le Mangeons sounds exactly like Mange, Mangez, Mangent..etc

Why is that? How can I differentiate? Help me please :(


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

Mangent and mange are only distinct when you write them. But "mangeons" "mange", mangez", are really different!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/saccarozy

il mange = ils mangent hundred percent same pronunciation


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

ils mangent, not with "s", but yes, the same.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NoriNekoNoriaki

Things are getting confusing for me... When should you use (mangeons/mangez/mangent)?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/laualexxandra

Probably they are eating an orange. But it is confusing.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

or each one an orange.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pandabear134

Because thats is how french works


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/heba.sharif24

It sounds the same to me elle mange or ils or il how am I suppose to know


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Slamby64

How do I know from the spoken version that it is not just he is eating an orange and the rest aren't filled with jealous loathing?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vivienne5400

actually, frech people pronounce "mangent" and "mange" in the same way.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/annnicksy

How do you know if it's just il not ils


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EllieLissieA

How can they all eat one orange?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lukaflakaflama

This is super confusing. Il mange un orange . Sounds the same ils mangent une orange!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tan.huilin

Why isit not mangeons...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/meghangustafson

Shouldnt it be "nous mangeons" not "nous mangent"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MsBeatriz

I can't notice the different between "il mange" (singular) and "ils mangent" (plural). Is there any?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TechSpeaker

I have now concluded to assume plurals even if it sounds wrong and report it.


[deactivated user]

    i think since they don't have feminine "they"s then french should be the same


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Halcyonic

    I just don't get this "mange" - "manges" - "manger" - mange' - "mangeon". Is there a simple rule to it all that I am missing ?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/helena-beat

    HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE EATING ONE ORANGE?!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hakulio

    What are the conjugations for manger? Thanks!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jjsdouglas

    Je mange Tu manges il/elle/on mange Vous mangez Nous mangeons Ils/Elles mangent


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hwoadan

    I don`t know how to difference between "il" and "ills" it sounds the same, please help.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TJ441

    niggas i missed a "y" at the end of "they" and i lost -_-


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lawanya.arvind

    This sounds, to me, no different to 'Il mange une orange'


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sanmay333

    it sounds like il noz unu hamos


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/macie94

    So how are you supposed to tell the difference between if someone is saying "they are eating an orange" and "he is eating an orange", if they are pronounced the exact same way?!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cmralexander

    It sounds just like (i know it isn't correct) il mange un orange


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HungManhPhan

    I think it shoud be un orange because orange begin with un voyelle "o"?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/avevesaria

    I just want a bit of clarification. So, because a few of the conjugated forms of 'manger' sound the same like 'je mange' and 'ils mangent' due to pronunciation, the only way to know how to translate and conjugate them when listening to someone speak is to listen for the subject pronoun (like 'je,tu,el') right?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wilson31722

    they said it was wrong because of my english not my french. a and an is english and only in english so im losing and i dont like this goodbyes. if i wanted to learn english i would do that somewhere else cuz obviously this doesnt work


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tanquanae.

    how are supposed to hear the difference in two words that are pronounced the same!!!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ashutosh_Rao

    The voice is not clear Fix it plsssss


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Arun520

    So they dingged me on "They're eating an orange" wtf


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ArianaGradne

    Why is orange feminine? I thought maybe all fruits are but melon is masculine..?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FashionLover1245

    When do I use mange, manges, mangez, mangent and mangeons


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Le_Vraiest

    I feel as if my answer should have been correct but its ok


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/prvashisht

    Is there a word "elles"? If yes, what's the difference between ils and elles?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/abimtho218

    Man! I am sooooo confused.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fuzzy_hockey_

    soooooooooo manyto choose from


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kwasontt

    Whats is the diffrent between a" and "an"???


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/m.0037

    What is the difference between 'mangeons' & 'mangent' ?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/m.0037

    What is the difference between 'mangeons' & 'mangent' ?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rochellemarie96

    Maybe they divided the orange into segments


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Belleange3

    What is the difference between "mangent" and "mange" they all sound the same to me


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/frenchgoals

    I get confused between all the manges and dont know where to use which one

    HELP


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmbarCristal1

    I'm still confused as to when I should use mangeons, mangez, mangent and manges.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JohnLouise1012

    They are eating orange??


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/xDragonFirex

    I keep on thinking its "a" not an :C


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/xDragonFirex

    Always i mess up there ...


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/minsolc

    What difference between lls and ills?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Toby.Acheb

    Yea I agree with that


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GraceRompotis

    Does it really matter if we put a or an. Yes, it is correct. But this supposed to teach us french.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/brianmcs

    this level messed up


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/brianmcs

    fffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Austin.Register

    Could someone explain to me the difference between the words mangent, mange, mangeons, etc. I understand that there are masc. & fem. words in the french vocabulary, but are these words different in that sense or is it to do with plurals?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/trincowski

    It's part of the verbs conjugation that we have in Latin Based languages. You'll see this in Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian, Romanian...

    Basically, in English you (nearly) always use the same...

    I Eat

    You Eat

    He/She/It Eats

    We Eat

    (plural) You Eat

    They Eat

    ----- // -----

    But we have a form of the word for each case:

    In French:

    Je Mange

    Tu Manges

    Il/Elle Mange

    Nous Mangeons

    Vous Mangez

    Ils/Elles Mangent

    Here's a site to check this out: http://conjugator.reverso.net/conjugation-french-verb-manger.html

    ----- // -----

    In Portuguese:

    Eu Como

    Tu Comes

    Ele/Ela Come

    Nós Comemos

    Vós Comeis

    Eles Comem

    ----- // -----

    In Italian:

    Io Mangio

    Tu Mangi

    Lui/Lei Mangia

    Noi Mangiamo

    Voi Mangiate

    Loro Mangiano

    It seems hard, but since the same couple of terminations are used for every verb... you end up memorising it.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HiyaJessHere

    I don't get it there are questions that mean exactly the same thing like - la livre and la pomme and I get them wrong!? What on earth!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/abbyrose7718

    To solve the confusion the verbs that take the e, es, and ent ending all have the same sound. You just have to pay attention the nouns and if it describes it being singular or plural. The endings with ez, and ons have different sound in the ending


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DustynCoch

    They should do one for masculine and feminine, or singular and plural for endings


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/claudia0622

    i dont get why its "manges" ?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Karendrae

    I always like to imagine that somewhere a French person is learning English and muttering to themselves about how annoying it is there are '3 theres': They're, Their, There. HAHA!

    Someone linked this to me a while back, and I'll link it to you. Some of it is due to formality, others I'm still figuring out myself!:

    Je mange (I eat). Tu manges (you eat). Il/elle/on/une mange (he/she/it/one eats). Nous mangeons (we eat). Vous mangez (you eat, plural or formal). Ils, elles mangent (they eat).


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sophia.cohen

    how do you know when to use "mangent" instead of all the other options with differnt endings? i did french a while back and now im starting again and i dont remember anything.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/trincowski

    You'll end up memorising it, like in every language, but I hope this helps: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_conjugation


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Karendrae

    .Je mange (I eat). Tu manges (you eat). Il/elle/on/une mange (he/she/it/one eats). Nous mangeons (we eat). Vous mangez (you eat, plural or formal). Ils, elles mangent (they eat).


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jameystanfield12

    it did NOT give me the option it corrected me with:/


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/karan504932

    Difference between mangez and magent


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Karendrae

    Je mange (I eat). Tu manges (you eat). Il/elle/on/une mange (he/she/it/one eats). Nous mangeons (we eat). Vous mangez (you eat, plural or formal). Ils, elles mangent (they eat).

    Already posted this but thought I'd ping you with it as well o.o. Can get a little overwhelming but we'll come around I'm sure.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Karendrae

    We are all eating the same orange. Together. Love you guys so much, but in the future maybe we could mince it and share orange petit pain instead.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/candymancan3

    what is the difference between all of the manges?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Karendrae

    Je mange (I eat). Tu manges (you eat). Il/elle/on/une mange (he/she/it/one eats). Nous mangeons (we eat). Vous mangez (you eat, plural or formal). Ils, elles mangent (they eat).

    o.o, I struggled with this one too. Very confusing.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nf51015

    I got it right i was just lucky because I dont know the different of MANGE MANGEZ mangemt


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LucyPineapple

    I am very confused with all the 'eating' words - mangeons, mangez, mangent, etc. Could someone please clarify? Merci beaucoup!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CheesyMac1

    Can y'all explain why "mangent" is the word used? And not "manges"? I didn't understand.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GSuthy

    Why is it "mangent" and not "mange"?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dfilkins

    I could be wrong but is it Ils because the subject is masculine? While Elles would imply something feminine?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rafia299305

    what is the translation of They eats an orange.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/...MattMonkey...

    So mangent is plural what are the others


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carol602862

    The entire verb options for mange confuse me! How do I know when to use which one?? What are the rules?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mightjustflex

    how come duolingo doesnt do verb conjunctions anymore?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Theresa787434

    I dont understand why it is not ... he is eating an orange.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shohelly

    Why is it mangent? And not mange?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PavitraIye1

    Difference between mange, manget and manges please!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JJS0HI

    Hahaha. I accidentally clicked the sound button for the given word while my microphone is on and then boom "You are correct". LOL


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NatashaWoo12

    For me, I had to record this but it didn't seem to work. Is there any way I can turn the microphone questions off?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RyanDurel

    Shouldn't the "ent" of "mangent" be pronounced?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rexdon

    give one lingots and i will give two back just comment i gave and i will see if you gave me then i will give you simple


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chantelle338701

    I realize everyone is stuck on how many oranges. I am thinking since we have to do some guest work with the grammar they are preparing us in the instant where we do mix up singular and plural


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/XebatM

    The voice is confusing to me...


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mya790272

    The pronunciation of the words are unclear


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Suiunbek2

    There are might be just two of them. So why don't they share one orange ?

    Learn French in just 5 minutes a day. For free.