"Es triste partir."

Translation:It is sad to leave.

5 years ago

36 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/EDK-Learner
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Why isn't "he is sad to leave" or "she is sad to leave" acceptable? There is no context to distinguish between he, she and/or it.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Wayne

I agree. I couldn't decide between he/she/it, so I used "he"....wrong. Having a very difficult time with this lesson because of these kinds of things.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rogercchristie
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Where the sentence is ambiguous (we don't know whether to say "it", "he" or "she") then the default would be "it".
If we meant to say "he" or "she" then we would write "Él es triste partir" or "Ella es triste partir". Of course, in the real world we would have previously introduced appropriate context to indicate who or what we are talking about.

Actually, as Daniel_in_BC said, it would be better to use "estar" (since it refers to an emotion) and say "Él está triste partir" or "Ella está triste partir".
This still doesn't look right to me (although I'm not sure why). I think it looks better to include a preposition and say something like "Él está triste a partir".
However, somehow "Él está triste de irse" seems better still.

And now I think I have reached my limit (without more research). Comments please.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/George_Gibson_77

From the streak, I see that you are still around so I will answer your question with my opinion. If you want to say "he is sad to leave" you would say something such as "El está triste de partir." Notice that this is an emotion so that the verb estar is used. In the sentence above, the verb ser is used. With ser, you know that a quality is being expressed. It might be easier to understand if the sentence were rearranged to "leaving is sad. That way you can see that it is the concept of leaving that is sad. So, I believe it is the use of ser that lets you know what is being expressed.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ron.seymour

Hi EDK. Duolingo is NOT without its shortcomings. I have had shed loads of valid translations rejected because my answer was not in their database.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ALGometz

Couldn't this also mean "Parting (leaving) is sad?"

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bbbindle
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"Parting is such sweet sorrow..."

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rogercchristie
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How about "Pararte es una tristeza tan dulce", although really I suppose it should be translated into 17th century Spanish. --- Can anyone offer to do this?

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BoredWithDuoNow

Pararnos might be better. I'm not sure though. To depart from each other... It's conjuring up a joint feeling of sadness and mutual love. Just my thought.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Victorcarrera0

That has a very different meaning so prudence is advised when using it.

It is line from the play Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare; Juliet is saying good night to Romeo. Their sorrowful parting is also “sweet” because it makes them think about the next time they will see each other. https://www.dictionary.com/browse/parting-is-such-sweet-sorrow

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/myuval
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my answer "it is sad to part" was accepted

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/thraxicle
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That was my answer. But it wasn't liked, now I'm mad and want to get even.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/davidmalt

why can you not say: He is sad to leave ?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Daniel-in-BC

it would use estar rather than ser, but I don't know how to construct the sentence after that ...

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/azizspanish

So how do you say 'He is sad to leave" Simply by putting the El...El es triste partir...or El es triste para partir?'

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chinyere11
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It's funny because today is my last day at my job and I have nothing but joy in my heart

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JessAlexan11

"It's sad to break up" was incorrect. I guess I didn't understand the context.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eonepoca

That's what I put as well. I think it should be accepted :)

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mitcorb

He, she, or it is... What kind of "it" has discernible emotions such as sadness?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CGiattino

Are you a native English speaker? Saying "It is (in this case) sad..." is a common construction in English.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vandermonde

Yeah, the person being sad isn't the subject here. The thing making someone sad is.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Klgregonis
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Parting is such sweet sorrow.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jurekcy1

Why "it is sad to break" marked wrong?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Klgregonis
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The verb as used here is intransitive (doesn't have a direct object), and when used in an intransitive fashion it means leave. Also, in English, break sounds a little odd without an object. (My dictionary says partir can mean to break open, as in cracking an egg,, but it doesn't list just break)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SoloAlva

"Split up" and "split" in this context mean the same thing in English. "Split up" does not mean that something will break and this pieces will fly off into the sky.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/linda-lupenny

If you would listen to the narrator as many times as i did you would hear very clearly an a after par. I had to guess at the word not ever hearing it before.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/skepticalways

Linda-lu, I thought I heard "Es triste para ti," so thought "It is sad for you" would work. After being wrong, listened on turtle speed to hear "partir" was clearly one word ending in "r." Dang.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jebkam

I thought I had it with "It's sad to go away". Dang it.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CarloMarch6
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Please join my Spanish club 8J2Z4D

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/krisreicher

It is wrong not to accept "he" or "she" - I agree with EDK learner. This should be accepted.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Adriano732737

what is wrong with "It is sad to depart"? Perhaps "depart" is just way too formal for DL but it does give a clue to the spanish "partir" and i need all the clues i can get. And furthermore "the departure" > " la partida (f) " DL please note...

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/George_Gibson_77

I do not think there is anything wrong with it. One of the definitions (Reverso dictionary) of partir is depart. Duolingo has probably just not included it. You should report it.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eonepoca

Wouldn't, "It's sad to break up," be a possible translation? I understand Duolingo is teaching the word partir as leave; however, I think breaking up is also a possible translation... at least that's how I've also heard partir be used.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Freddie398351

It would be a lot cleaner to associate this context in spanish to the better english translation "depart". "Leave" has too many other uses so from the enlish side "depart" is much clearer.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Phil712772

What lessons do you folks get. This one in particular, in supposed to type down what the person is saying, not translate it into English. This is strange, like there is two different lessons in one. I like yours better, because it's stupid to just type down what you hear. What's going on??

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Victorcarrera0

It is the same lesson just different aspects. Every discussion can have comments from different aspects for the same sentence.

  1. Spanish to English translate and type.

  2. English to Spanish translate and type.

  3. Spanish listen and repeat.

3 weeks ago
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