"Are you ready?"
Translation:Tu es prête ?
I found it odd that both "Êtes-vous prêt ?" and "Êtes-vous prêts ?" were accepted. Some Googling later, I learnt that "vous" can be singular and plural. (Just thought I'd share that).
Vous is formal. Tu is informal. It just means "you" which, as in English, can be both.
Why is it "prête" and "prêt?" I don't understand the difference in this case.
I would add that the masc./fem. differentiation is based on the person you are addressing; if they are male, use prêt and if they are female, use prête. Use masculine terms when referring to mixed groups and femine when referring to a group of exclusively women. Hope that helped a little!
If you're conversing with someone, you presumably know their gender so use that. If you're doing an audio exercise here on DL, prête has an audible "t" sound at the end, but prêt will sound like "pray."
How would one know it's supposed to be masculine or feminine? What should one look for?
Listen for the "T""
If you are asking someone if they are ready - When you ask a man or boy if they are ready you would say "Tu est prêt ?". Note there is no e on the end of the word so you do not pronounce the t.
When you ask a girl or woman you would say ''Tu est prête ?" When there is an e on the end of the word you pronounce the T.
So the key in this sentence is to listen for a ''T'' in prête. If you hear a ''T'' then prête is feminine. If you don''t hear the ''T'' then prêt is masculine.
Many adjectives are made feminine simply by adding an ''e'' at the end of the word. When this happens the consonant preceeding the ''e'' is pronounced.
There's no sound on the app so you cannot hear the t. Both should be accepted as correct.
No, the circonflexe was taken down only in u and i. Besides, I think Duo still uses the old writing.
In French verbes are conjugated with regards to a person's perspective (1. 2. or 3. person), as well as singular/plural, tenses, etc.
In this case the conjugation ("bending") of the verb être (present tense) is as follows:
SINGILAR 1. Je suis 2. Tu es 3. Il/elle/on est PLURAL 1. Nous sommes 2. Vous êtes 3. Ils/elles sont
Please excuse the spelling errors. Writing fast on a phone, does not make for a correctly spelled sentence
Isn't the circonflexe officially no longer needed? Why did it tell me I was only "almost correct" when I simply left off the circonflexe?
No, the circonflexe was taken down only in i and u. Besides, I think Duo still uses the old writing.
I think it was your typos. I wrote "Est-ce que tu es prête?" and it was accepted.
Yes, however, you use it to adress someone formally, so you adress a single person with ''Etes-vous ....?''
I wrote "Est-ce que vous êtes prêtez?" and Duolingo corrected "prêtez" to "prêtes"? I thought verbs were supposed to agree with the subject? I am utterly confused
"prêtes" is feminine plural, but "es-tu" is asking a single person. Correct would be any of the following:
"Es-tu prêt" or "Es-tu prête" asking a single male person (1st) or single female person (2nd) informally
"Êtes-vous prêt" or "Êtes-vous prête" asking a single male person (1st) or a single female person (2nd) formally
"Êtes-vous prêts" or "Êtes-vous prêtes" asking multiple male people or male/female mixed people (1st) or multiple all-female people (2nd)
It looks like we need the space between the last word and the question mark
On 5/23/19, no audio accompanied this question. DL accepted my answer "Vous êtes prêts."
However, with NO audio, ALL of the answers below should also be accepted by DL as a correct written translation of “Are you ready?” because: (1) “you” can refer to both singular and plural and (2) one cannot listen for an audible "t" in prête / prêtes, which would indicate that the question is being addressed to a woman (or more than one woman).
"Tu es prêt" -- addressing a man
"Tu es prête -- addressing a woman
"Vous êtes prêt" -- addressing a man
"Vous êtes prête -- addressing a woman
PLURAL, INFORMAL AND FORMAL
"Vous êtes prêts -- addressing men or mixed (women and men)
"Vous êtes prêtes" -- addressing only women
Tu is singular and prêts is plural. See other comments in this thread for all of the correct possible answers.
There was no sound so I put 'tu est prêt ? I didn't go to the hints where they only show the feminine word... Both should have been correct in this instance!!! Grrrrr!