"Ella tiene unos cuantos amigos."

Translation:She has some friends.

5 years ago

22 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Birko
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Does it mean the same without "cuantos" ?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/caiser
caiser
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Nope. This sentence is really akward for a non-native. Even the translation given by DL is not so correct, "unos cuantos" means "a few" and "quite a few"; did I say you that was akward?

Then, how do you know when the talker is saying one thing or the opposite? By the intonation. When you want to say "quite a few", you do a more empathic intonation.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sej
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And in writing (where there isn't any intonation)?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gdenho00

Well, if you're reading a novel, or anything published, it'd likely be explained by the author. If it were just dialogue, it may be more tricky, but there's a good chance you could still figure it out from the context.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hesolomon

Interesting.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jdhess1

So, what's the difference between unos amigos & unos cuantos amigos

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Markmcopc
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Is "She has a number of friends" inaccurate?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jonbriden

It's similar, but that would more likely be translated as "Ella tiene un nĂºmero de amigos" or "Ella tiene varios amigos".

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Markmcopc
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I'm not sure about the Spanish idioms, but in English "She has a number of friends" means that she has "some friends". She has enough to count, but nothing more definite about the quantity is intended.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pyramids44

I think "a number of ____" typically means that the quantity of whatever is being discussed is quite large, so I'm not sure "unos" would be the most precise translation. "Mucho" would probably be more appropriate.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EricSP
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Why is "several friends" wrong?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/geraldsplace

unos cuantos is repetition at best, and contradictory at worse -

unos a few / cuantos many

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IG88
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Don't get this one at all.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jonbriden

The best translation of "unos cuantos" is "a few" ("some" also works). Just like in English "a few", the emphasis here is that it not none.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/thebigh13

Would "she has quite a few friends" not be correct? I really don't get it!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PiNG72

How does this compare to "pocos amigos"? In an earlier question, "pocos amigos" translated to "a few friends". So can "unos cuantos amigos" and "pocos amigos" both mean "a few friends"?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/homefire

I'm guessing, but here's what I think: "unos cuantos amigos" would be in answer to the question, "Does she have ANY friends?" and "pocos amigos" would be the reply to "Does she have a lot of friends?" The emphasis is different, depending what you're comparing it to. Someone who's fluent--can you tell us if this is right?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tac5324

lol I put She has some amigos

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/duo-gal

I haz friendz ;)

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JoanneBrown1

so why was I supposed to have missed out' got'? I don't say 'I have got some friends' I say I have some friends'

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jappoulsen

Does "Ella tiene algunos amigos" mean the same thing?

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ekihoo

"You can fool some of the people all of the time, all of the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time." Except if you are a politician. This "unos" tells me " more than one", ok, it's a few or some . "Cuantos" tells me " not counted, so there must be more than a few => "lots of" . But as I noted, it's a question of semantics, which is "dit-a-dat" depending on linguistic habits/idioms and such I've not yet familiar with in Spanish. Nor are all Spanish speakers either, I'm afraid...

2 months ago
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