"Nosotras leemos los libros."

Translation:We read the books.

January 4, 2013



so if 1 or more men in any group are reading the books, it will be nosotrOs. If, and only if, the group is all women, would nosotrAs be correct. It is the same way with any groups in Spanish - 1 man + any # of either gender = go with the masculine pronoun. Only with 100% women do you use the feminine pronouns. So, talking about the children in my church, I always use ninos. If I were to teach a group of ONLY young girls, it would be OK to use ninas.

January 5, 2013


I really don't get or like the fact that duolingo really hammers away the whole nosotros/nosotras thing, I have been told by several spanish people that no one bothers with it they always say nosotros if they are native speakers.

January 31, 2014


If you ask men they are going to say that they always use "nosotros", but women say "nosotras" when they are all female. Nosotras is correct and very usual.

January 31, 2014


really because I asked my girlfriends spanish grandmother and they both say nosotros

February 2, 2014


You signed up for Spanish lessons, and it seems that's what your getting. What is the problem? If the several Spanish people you know are right and duolingo is wrong, why bother wasting your time here?

June 10, 2014


dhoward89, you are SO right. there are several who do duo who could be asked the same question. i gave you a lingot. and will try to quote you to others who seem to know MORE than duo

June 10, 2014


It is a valid criticism to complain about a language course hammering away at unimportant details instead of focusing on more important lessons. Specifically I didn't appreciate how when translating this sort of sentence from English to Spanish you pretty much had to guess the gender duolingo wanted. Also your last sentence makes no sense I know some Spanish people so I shouldn't use duolingo??

June 10, 2014


tuickyricky585, I don't think you're a good judge about what are "unimportant details". DETAILS are never unimportant if you're to learn the fundamentals of a language. with duo, you NEVER have to guess the gender (consult with your Spanish friends). the pronoun will tell you the gender.

June 10, 2014


Look I posted this 4 months ago and at that time when translating from ENGLISH to SPANISH duolingo would occasionally mark it as a mistake if you wrong for putting the wrong gender when it gave no clear indication of the gender.

The english sentence "We read the books" has NO GENDER so please tell me how I am supposed to know the gender of the people in this fictious group duolingo has produced through the pronouns? Also read what you are answering as I clearly stated ENGLISH TO SPANISH in my above comment.

June 11, 2014


Well its like that in amy language. Do you your freinds are family use propper English all the time? Of course not. Haha But since we are learning we learn the standard way. As we get more fluent, we will know where and when to adjust it as we like.

December 14, 2015


Calm down lad!

April 10, 2018



January 5, 2013


So true

November 22, 2015


okay, I think I get it now

September 5, 2016


only if I had 100,000$

February 3, 2017


i put we read the books and got it wrong

March 23, 2017


me too

January 31, 2018


Why do we need to have "the" in the translation? Can't it also be read as "We read books?"

October 19, 2013


Same question

March 30, 2014


Because "los" means "the". If it was " Nosotoras leemos libro", it would be "We read books".

April 10, 2014


Why is it that "La mujer lee los diarios." can be translated as "The women reads newspapers." without the the word "the" in between "reads" and "newspapers"?

May 19, 2014


CronasDeSe & euseand, duo is finiky. we know that the article should be there. the best approach is whenever duo has an article translate it AND if duo does NOT have an article DON'T put one in

May 20, 2014


But doesn't "los" means "the" so there should be a word "the" in between. Correct me if I'm wrong.

May 20, 2014


CronasDeSe, los is between leemos and libros, but no where else

May 25, 2014


I know that nosotros is masculine and nosotras is feminine but WHY use the feminine form in this sentence?

January 4, 2013


Because the people that are reading the books are femenine. Nosotras is the subject and "the books" are the direct object, they are not related

January 4, 2013


how could you tell from this sentence that the group was all women?

September 20, 2013


Because it says nosotras.

December 22, 2013


because nosotrAs refers to women, i.e., females

December 15, 2013


that's what I'm wondering, too...

October 10, 2013


If you listen to the slow recording a few times you will hear it says 'nosotras' and not 'nosotros'. And yes I put the wrong answer.

November 17, 2013


Literally because it says "nosotras".

January 31, 2014


i agree

January 15, 2014


nosotros and nosotras sound much the same

July 17, 2013


Yes, I nearly always have to use the 'slowly' button to tell which she is saying. Grr....

August 5, 2013


That is why i get confused when talking to people in spanish sometimes...

April 8, 2014


Why is the pronoun nosotras in this instance? Books is masculine.

January 4, 2013


And Nosotras femenine ;)

We= Nosotros(the men, or at least one men in the group), Nosotras(the women)

We, the men, read the books=Nosotros leemos los libros

We, the woman, read the books=Nosotras leemos los libros

January 4, 2013


crackbar12: "Nosotras" is the subject of the sentence. The gender of this word has nothing to do with the gender of "books"

December 20, 2013


The pronoun refers to a person or people. It's not saying the books read the books, but WE read the books. And in this instance the people were all female.

January 31, 2014


how do you know is all female?

December 16, 2013


Hola Medders: If you are translating from the English to Spanish, you can't tell just by the sentence. You would have to already have been in a conversation and you would know what the speaker was talking about.

If you are translating from Spanish to English, you would know because "nostoras" is feminine.

December 20, 2013


Medders nosotrAS means all females

January 18, 2014


It's riddiculous, that they said my sentance was wrong because I did not mention there 'THE' because I thought it'll sound wrong

December 21, 2013


idjmxzas, do you recognize a difference between "men" and "THE men"?

February 1, 2014



November 21, 2017


As native english speaker, I would agree - but perhaps for spanish, the 'the' is necessary? Is it a formality thing (like difference between "Usted" and "Tu")?

July 10, 2017


Having the word "the" in this sentence's translation makes the translation grammatically incorrect and incoherent in English. It should translate to "We read books."

February 17, 2014


deanom, there is nothing wrong here. we read books means one thing (a general statement), we read the books is a specific statement about THE books

February 17, 2014


There IS something wrong here.

Saying "we read the books" makes NO sense in English in the present tense. "The books" in the present tense doesn't make sense and is not accurate.

You might want to say "we read those books," or, "we read these books." By saying "we read the books" the sentence automatically becomes past-tense because the word "read" in this context, and in English, means you've already completed the task. Given the Spanish conjugation we know the translation should be present tense so the test answer is incorrect and/or inconsistent with the use of the phrase "the books".

February 18, 2014


deanom, first, you're leaning SPANISH, not english. one can not speak in present tense and it automatically become past tense. that's why there is a past tense. so, if several of us are standing in a room full of all kinds of books and you ask me what do you do with the books in this room, i truly might say "we read the books".

February 19, 2014


This problem is centered around translating from Spanish to English. The English translation of the Spanish phrase doesn't make sense in normal conversational/written English without some special context.

In the example you gave the most appropriate response would be "we read" or "we read them" not "we read the books". "The books" would already be established as the subject of the conversation in the earlier question and would be redundant.

I think that, in this example, requiring the word "the" doesn't make sense because the most-accurate translation is "we read books".

The word "read" - as you know - can be both past, present, and future tense in English. There is no conjugation. Having "the" in the sentence "we read the books" would most likely translate to "leímos los libros" in the common use of the phrase.

February 19, 2014


deanom, i'm just trying to show you HOW that could be a response. as i said, hopefully, you're trying to learn spanish, not re-invent it! OR make it english.

February 19, 2014


hello hicken pickle

November 15, 2016


even if you miss a letter or add one more letter it you still get correct

November 16, 2016


that is fire

February 3, 2017



November 18, 2016


where in this sentence did it mention women? So if it does not how do we know the noun is nosotras???

January 15, 2014


Google translate heard "nosotrOs". First education app to get top honors from Apple?

January 27, 2014


ShanonPolanco, there IS no mention of women. it just says nosotras which is used to refer to the "we" when ALL the "we" are female. it has nothing to do with the noun. the noun can be masc or fem: nosotras abrimos las puertas ("doors" is fem) or nosotras caminamos a los perros ("dogs" is masc), but nosotras means that females are performing these actions

February 23, 2014


Huh wrong but who the... Ill get a freind to teach me

February 6, 2014


I am confused with the use of word "el" and "la". I know that "el" stands for masculine and "la" for feminine. However it is still confusing when to use "la" & "el" similar confusion is with the use of words "un" & "una" also with "Nosotros" & "Nosotras". Plz help

February 22, 2014


instead of E I put A. what happened to spell check

March 7, 2014


Why i have to write "The books"? Plurals don't need - The- ..

March 29, 2014


Glocy, if the "los" is there duo expects it to be translated. there is nothing wrong about "the books", nor saying THE before plurals, e.g., do you see THE birds? replace THE windows, paint THE walls.

April 2, 2014


Why YOU cant used Las libros ? Is it according to masculine or feminine ?

April 3, 2014


ravince, yes!!!!

April 4, 2014


Shouldnt it be "nosotros"?

May 15, 2014


megan9985, in this case "nosotras" is the pronoun. it is nosotros ONLY if the "we" is ALL males

May 15, 2014


we read books,es lo mismo que we read the books

May 25, 2014


Luciana_Russo, 1. they are NOT the same and 2. duo does not treat them as the same

May 25, 2014



May 26, 2014


i really dont know tbh

May 27, 2014


I wrote what it said word for word and it says I was wrong fir no reason

June 2, 2014


peterroe07, what did you write?

June 2, 2014



July 6, 2014


Im getting a headache maybe i'll play angry birds for awhile

July 17, 2014


Thanks for clarifying this! We were confused about nosotrOs vs nosotrAs!

July 30, 2014


why not nosotros?

August 8, 2014


mitch2005, it can be either

August 17, 2014


what the difference between nosotros and nosotras

August 11, 2014


zizou729, nosotros is used for men or a mix of men and women, nosotras is used for women

August 17, 2014


The word POOP is KAKA if you didn't know.

August 22, 2014


The word POOP is KAKA if you didn't know

August 22, 2014


I heard nosotros.. ugh!

September 7, 2014


i dont dont understand why nosotros is wrong, the robotic voice does not enunciate clearly at times, i heard nosotros not nosotras, why ding me for a pronoun thats interchangeable?

September 21, 2014


noname3, they are NOT interchangeable. it's like saying man is interchangeable with woman. nosotros refers to men or men and women, nosotras refers to women.

October 3, 2014


Only because the "s" at the end of books

October 17, 2015


Wait. That sounded like 'Nosotros leemos......'

April 5, 2016


this course should be splitted, each gender then will has less exercises

July 27, 2016


isn't "we read books" the same as "we read the books"?!

September 17, 2016


The reason "we read books" is accurate is that in English, we have "definite" and "indefinite" articles. We would only say, "we read the books," using the definite article, to apply to specific books. The sentence would more likely be in English, "we read books." In Spanish, the article is used commonly, indefinitely.

September 23, 2016


not hard.

February 3, 2017


not hard

February 3, 2017


only if i had 100$

February 3, 2017


why cant we read bokks be good

February 5, 2017


I put we read the books and got it wrong

March 23, 2017


I ONLY missed a. "S"........ Thats it

June 1, 2017


my friend keeps annyoing me and reaching into the mic and making weird noises


that was her oml

June 7, 2017


Another translation: "We are reading the books"

July 10, 2017


A. So when the conjugating verb has "-mos" as for Nosotros / Nosotras, that can translate to both a "do" form (such as "read") and an "are doing" form ("are reading")?

B. Could a reverse translation of the english be "Nosotras somos lees los libros"? (Sorry, forget if lees or leen with "we")

July 10, 2017


The past tense of read is red so we red the book not read.

August 12, 2017


i dont get this whole spanish thing its very confusing!!!! (some please give lingots!!!!!!)

September 19, 2017


i cant use the microphone on my computer :(

September 20, 2017



September 26, 2017



November 5, 2017


we read the books

January 24, 2018


I could not hear if it was nos or los libros

January 27, 2018


Im sick... How to say in espanól?

February 2, 2018


This is so confusing im thinking about quiting duolingo!

April 10, 2018


I read through several of the comments regarding how to know which pronoun to use. I believe this is a "listening" issue not a grammar usage issue. For this example, Duo is asking me to type what I hear.

April 18, 2018


Once i come across a question where you have to tap the pairs, and the last ones left were usted and you. I tapped both of them and it said it was correct. Is this true, because i thought that tu was you

May 10, 2018
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