"I have no brothers."
Translation:No tengo hermanos.
How could you distinguish this from "I have no siblings" since hermanos could mean brothers and sisters.
You can't. You would have to say that you have a sister but no brothers if that must be made clear. It depends on the situation.
Yes, that is right. And hermanos can mean brothers or siblings. Hermanas only means sisters.
I put "No tengo ningunos hermanos" and it was incorrect. I suppose the litereal translation isn't exactly the same, however.
The word "ningunos" doesn't exist in Spanish. We have "ningún" and "ninguno". You could say "No tengo ningún hermano". Ningún is used when is with the name and ninguno when is alone:
- ¿Cuántos hermanos tienes?
Uh..i put 'no tengo ningún hermanos' and Duo marked it as wrong.why so??.. might be i should have put 'tengo ningún hermanos' only?
No for two reasons. The verb Tener must be conjugated in the "yo" form to "Tengo". Also when using negatives you always place the no before the verb, like "I don't have".
Why tengo is used as the original verb is tener it can be tieno or teno why tenGO??
It is an irregular verb. There are several of these confusingly conjugated verbs in Spanish, such as: ser (soy, eres, es, somos, son), estar (estoy, estás, está, estamos, están), ir (voy, vas, va, vamos, van), tener (tengo, tienes, tiene, tenemos, tienen), etc. According to this ( http://www.linguasorb.com/spanish/irregular-verbs/), "the 13 most common Spanish verbs are all irregular. " It's a little confusing at first, but then again, so is English. :)
Ok I am also confused as to when or when not to use the double negative. I would think "no tengo nungun hermanos" would be correct...