Question on plurals

RichardC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Question on plurals

Why is araignée plural while all the other nouns are singular.  Spider legs.  Why spiders' legs?

Asked 11 months ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Richard,

"Araignées" is plural because we consider that the legs come from several spiders.

des toiles d'araignées

-> there are several webs made by different spiders

 

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée !

CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour à tous,

Thank you Maarten for pointing this out! You are correct that both can be accepted:

pattes d'araignées -> coming from several spiders

pattes d'araignée -> characteristic to a spider

 Both options are now accepted in the exercise.

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée !

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Céline - I think Richard’s point might be that  as it is ‘ …. six pattes d’araignée’ there is no need for there to be more than one spider, so perhaps both answers should be accepted here ? 

There would even be a couple of legs left over for another small batch of brew, or reinforcing this one, without sacrificing a second spider ! 

Question on plurals

Why is araignée plural while all the other nouns are singular.  Spider legs.  Why spiders' legs?

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