"Ils mangent une orange."

Translation:They are eating an orange.

December 30, 2012

252 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/fenn50

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

December 30, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/ChibiPop

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

June 1, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/danielA467

why not "they are eating oranges"???

July 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/EbrahimGab

because it says une orange not les oranges

December 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/UmeshPoswa

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

January 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/JerryChandra

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

December 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/coco150996

LOL thats what hapens wen you eat noodols

January 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/fulla1243

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

December 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

July 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/SolPerezLu

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

December 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/gudoistic

This is how you end an argument. Kudos.

January 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

March 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/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

November 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/PcouDracp

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

June 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/supu1

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

March 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/reginaldgi

Slices, they cut the Orange into slices

June 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/trincowski

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

June 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/ardentllama

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

June 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/JamesJunction

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

November 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE

I don't think so.

March 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

May 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/ayrede

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

August 1, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE

yes, why not "they"?

March 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/VelascoPedro

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

December 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/CeCe011

I thought is an emotional dollars

December 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Rebekaajo

same here

February 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/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".

March 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Alanovsky_Vo

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

December 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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

January 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

March 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/aleksxoxo

my same problem...

July 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/PTPM_Leroy

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

July 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/dput

Yeah

December 23, 2013

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

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

April 20, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Squinnt

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

May 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Tanpats

u r right.

May 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/HKEggTarts

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

June 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/jjwalker_e

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

June 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/DorkyGlasses

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

June 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/masoomeh_1997

I cant find differences too!!

June 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Pathum_Suwimal

Same here!

December 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/DjouBou99

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

December 31, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Edilsonbrazilian

i am in agreement,the sound is the same

February 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchieMastery

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

May 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lifeseyephoto

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

May 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/hippoman13

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

June 8, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/almaciga

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

October 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/chadfr

Oui bonne idée! :-)

February 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/onceinawhile

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

November 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Dagrooms

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

June 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/mazenk

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

July 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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

September 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE

No "orange" is well pronounced. http://fr.forvo.com/word/orange/#fr

March 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/queshaw

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

May 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/JamesJunction

I had trouble hearing it correctly too.

November 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

March 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/queshaw

I didn't find this.

May 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/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

May 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/lfairchild

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

December 31, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/kalukuhan

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

October 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Zchbaniel25

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

May 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

March 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Stickplayer

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

May 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Shanon69

They should provide an image that will solve the proble.

June 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Bhouse113

That would be good since the pronunciation is the same.

July 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/simon4nine

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

March 31, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Hakoon1

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

April 29, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE

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

March 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Haashish

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

July 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE

Once you know it, it becomes easy.

March 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/jefe06

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

January 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

March 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/hasinraihan

what is the difference between mangez and mange

April 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/hayoya20

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

August 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/lordchez

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

February 26, 2017

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

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

June 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Hakoon1

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

June 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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

July 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE

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

March 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Annabelle21

I have difficulty hearing plurals

September 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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)

March 26, 2014

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

Guys please fix this, this involves guessing!

June 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/dconard00

Can somebody help me with the conjugations?

June 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/jjsdouglas

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

July 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/DjouBou99

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

December 31, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/bestica

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

June 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/FashionLover1245

Thank you!

June 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Sophie321277

Why does ill and Elles mean the same thing?

June 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ryan872770

How do you know when its past or present tense?

August 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/JohnAllenC

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

October 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/CMTerblanche

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

April 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Akshay631241

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

June 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/meisamghar

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

November 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/trincowski

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

November 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/dradil

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

June 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Jaani

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

July 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

March 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/angeliemiel

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

June 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE

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

April 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/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.)

July 8, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE

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

March 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/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?

July 29, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

July 29, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/adnanchowdhury

Merci.

July 29, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

March 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Lloyd0728

the un and une rules of nouns are not clear

August 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

March 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/ininana

Hey! How should I know that it was plural?

September 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/dpaolabr

i wrote ils and it was not correct?

October 28, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE

"ils" is correct.

March 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/lingo4me12

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

November 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE

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

March 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Brave_Heart

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

November 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/koshermal

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

November 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE

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

March 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/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?

November 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/koshermal

There isn't one.

November 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/gavin_d

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

December 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/koshermal

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

December 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

March 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

January 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

March 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/hwoadan

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

September 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/workingclasshero

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

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

January 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

January 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/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...

March 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/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!

January 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE

Next time, you'll win!

March 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/BelghithGoldrag

i understand the same , il...

January 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE

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

March 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Gcalbe

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

January 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/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)

March 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/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!

January 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

March 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/robinfieshigh

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

January 31, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/letibocos

because what is feminine is the orange...

January 31, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

March 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/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?

February 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/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."

February 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

March 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/bobmahr

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

February 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE

Mangent une orange = man-ju-noranj http://fr.forvo.com/search/mange%20une%20orange/

March 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/valentynmaria

i think this sentence is not right

February 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE

Why?

March 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/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?

February 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE

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

March 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/SteveBlack1

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

February 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/SteveBlack1

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

February 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/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

February 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/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!

February 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE

Not always! This liaison is not a good one.

March 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/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 :(

February 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE

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

March 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/saccarozy

il mange = ils mangent hundred percent same pronunciation

March 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE

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

March 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/NoriNekoNoriaki

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

March 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/laualexxandra

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

March 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/PERCE_NEIGE

or each one an orange.

March 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/mayumiikho

i mistyped :(

April 4, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/pandabear134

Because thats is how french works

April 15, 2014

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

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

April 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/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?

April 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/vivienne5400

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

April 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/annnicksy

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

April 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/EllieLissieA

How can they all eat one orange?

May 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/lukaflakaflama

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

May 9, 2014

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

Why isit not mangeons...

May 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/meghangustafson

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

May 29, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/MsBeatriz

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

July 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/TechSpeaker

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

July 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Evareneg

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

August 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Halcyonic

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

August 18, 2014

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

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE EATING ONE ORANGE?!

August 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/hakulio

What are the conjugations for manger? Thanks!

August 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/jjsdouglas

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

August 27, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/hwoadan

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

September 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/TJ441

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

October 17, 2014

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

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

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Sanmay333

it sounds like il noz unu hamos

December 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/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?!

December 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Cmralexander

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

January 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/HungManhPhan

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

January 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/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?

January 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/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

February 5, 2015

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

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

February 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ashutosh_Rao

The voice is not clear Fix it plsssss

February 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Arun520

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

March 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ArianaGradne

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

March 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/FashionLover1245

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

March 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Le_Vraiest

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

April 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/prvashisht

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

May 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/abimtho218

Man! I am sooooo confused.

May 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/fuzzy_hockey_

soooooooooo manyto choose from

June 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/xxxAhmeDxxx

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

June 3, 2015

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

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

July 1, 2015

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

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

July 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/rochellemarie96

Maybe they divided the orange into segments

July 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Belleange3

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

July 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/frenchgoals

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

HELP

August 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AmbarCristal1

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

August 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/JohnLouise1012

They are eating orange??

September 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/North-Korea

North Korea

December 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/xDragonFirex

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

December 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/xDragonFirex

Always i mess up there ...

December 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/minsolc

What difference between lls and ills?

December 17, 2015

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

Yea I agree with that

January 1, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/GraceRompotis

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

January 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/brianmcs

this level messed up

January 27, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/brianmcs

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January 27, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/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?

February 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/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

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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.

July 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/JessiePenguins

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!

March 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Boss.Theerawat

confused

March 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/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

April 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DustynCoch

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

May 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/claudia0622

i dont get why its "manges" ?

July 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/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).

November 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/bebo-baik

Bl

August 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/sophoaf

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.

August 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/trincowski

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

September 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/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).

November 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/jameystanfield12

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

October 27, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/karan504932

Difference between mangez and magent

November 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

November 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

November 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/candymancan3

what is the difference between all of the manges?

November 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

November 30, 2016

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

THANKS

September 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/nf51015

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

December 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/nf51015

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December 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/LucyPineapple

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

February 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/CheesyMac1

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

March 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/GSuthy

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

April 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/dfilkins

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

August 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rafia299305

what is the translation of They eats an orange.

August 25, 2017

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

So mangent is plural what are the others

September 3, 2017

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

I AM SO CONFUSED

September 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Carol602862

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

September 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Letsgetschwifty

how come duolingo doesnt do verb conjunctions anymore?

September 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Theresa787434

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

September 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Shohelly

Why is it mangent? And not mange?

September 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/PavitraIye1

Difference between mange, manget and manges please!

October 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/JJS0HI

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

October 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/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?

October 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MarianaCha537442

not fair

November 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/RyanDurel

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

December 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/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

January 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/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

February 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/XebatM

The voice is confusing to me...

February 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Mya790272

The pronunciation of the words are unclear

February 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Suiunbek2

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

May 14, 2018
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