Les éléphantes or les éléphants?

May 22, 2012


A female elephant is "une éléphante." A group of female elephants is "les éléphantes." A group of female and male elephants is "les éléphants" because mixed gender groups take the male spelling by default.

May 29, 2012

shouldnt it be l'éléphants??

December 5, 2013

The L with the apostrophe is used when the word starts with a vowel, like a, e, i, o, u, or sometimes h or y, so you are technically correct. However, L' is overruled when the word is plural. Then, you always use les.

December 10, 2013

the words remain seperate when you use 'les.'

"les enfants"

December 7, 2013

"Un éléphant" becomes "les éléphants".

May 22, 2012

See karuli's answer

July 24, 2012
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