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"Le voy a pedir matrimonio."

Translation:I am going to ask him to get married.

January 5, 2013



Reading the sentence, how do we know that the person being asked for marriage is female? My translation included the word "him" and was rejected, and I don't really understand why. Is it just because of a cultural assumption that the person doing the asking will always be male and the person being asked will always be female?


Well I put "I'm going to ask him to marry me" and that's marked as correct. Perhaps they've fixed it now.

Don't ask me why I became a girl for this one but there you have it!


These days you don't have to be a girl to marry a man. Keep up!


I replied the same but without "me" on the end and got it wrong!!


Le voy a pedir= ask him La voy a pedir= ask her


The direct object distinguishes between masculine lo and feminine la. The indirect object has le regardless of gender.


So exactly how were you able to distinguish it was "her" when the sentence says "le"? Seems it should have worked both ways.


It says "Le voy a pedir ..." and it is translating as "I am going to ask HER to marry me." Any thoughts?


Legitimize my grandchild (a conversation between parents) possibly.


le can refer to a male or a female and to be specific it needs to include a ella or a el


Hi Jumap, "Le" is used because it is the indirect object pronoun. It means to him/to her. "Les" would be used for plural "to them" "Lo" and "la" are direct object pronouns and would not be correct in this sentence. I believe you could clarify the sex by saying "le voy a pedir matrimonio a ella" (I am going to ask her to get married) or "le voy a pedir matrimonio a el" (I am going to ask him to get married).


I put this answer and it was counted wrong:

I am going to ask her to marry.

It gave the following as correct:

Correct solutions: I am going to ask her to marry me. I am going to ask him to get married.

Is my answer wrong?


I put the same, and it was also marked wrong. It's tough (and extremely frustrating) because Duolingo is so incredibly inconsistent with the English that is allowed.

I would probably not naturally leave "me" off the end, but I've definitely heard it that way. The Spanish "question" part doesn't give any indication that there is a "me" implicated.


Exactly. Same thing happened to me.


Yo tambien! Estoy muy enojado. Odio rechazo!


Yo tambien!! "I am going to ask him to marry." Perhaps someone from Duo can explain why this is wrong??


Sorry guys... In spanish "Le voy a pedir matrimonio" implies the object "me". Note that I come from Spain , and there we don't say this sentence...although we understand it...we prefer to say it as in English "Le voy a pedir que se case conmigo", but of course, it is used the subjuntive present form of "to marry (que se case)" and that verbal form is quite difficult to use for students. (sorry). Le voy a pedir matrimonio (conmigo)=Le voy a pedir que se case conmigo=I am going to ask her to marry me... P.S. = are you indeed prepared for subjuntive verbal form?


It's unusual. You might say, "I wonder if she will ever marry," or "He and she plan to marry." If you say, "I am going to ask her to marry," it sounds like you are her parent or her friend, telling her it's about time to get married.


That's what I was thinking when I left 'me' off. There's no direct way to distinguish the meaning of the sentence unless the phrase is only used in that context in Spanish.


Duolingo's translation: I am going to ask him to get married. Could this not be a friend/parent telling him/her it's time to get married?

Also, I think the sentence could be awkard in english because marry is on of those verbs that needs an object in most cases? Maybe it's like saying I'm going to ask her to do.


"I am going to ask her for marriage" was accepted


I am going to propose to her is also correct translation

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    but is counted wrong...


    "I'm going to ask her/him for marriage" seems to be the best translation. The translation rendered at the top of this page has alternative interpretations. It could be somebody saying they will ask her/him simply to get married (to whomever), or it could be somebody saying they will ask him/her to marry them (the speaker).


    The problem with this sentence is that in spanish it doesn't need specify gender, while in english it is necessary in order to be coherent. It is kind of tricky...


    I am going to ask him to marry me." & I am going to ask her to marry me are both accepted. The LE, indirect object pronoun, can be male or female.


    "her" also accepted


    "I am going to ask him to get married" is the translation Duolingo gave me. It sounds like I am the parent telling my son that he had better find a wife.


    I've read all the comments, but the major mystery to me is: how do we get any of all of these meanings and words out of the one, unadorned, noun 'matrimonio'? When there is an actual verb meaning "to marry, to wed" -- that being casarse. But it's a verb that sounds and looks nothing like matrimonio. ??? Is this possibly an idiomatic or shorthand way to bring up the entire subject of marriage?

    Only if I use "request" as a translation of "pedir" can I make any sense out of this just from a literal translation: I'm going to request marriage [of] him. But DL seems to reject "request" as a meaning of pedir across the board and so far has only accepted "ask for" or "order" (though my verb book defines it as "to ask for, to request." In this session I've lost hearts because "request" isn't accepted.


    Unless this is an idiom, I don't know how they get "to marry me" from matrimonio - it isn't a verb! It means wedding or marriage. There is also no "me" in the sentence.


    It is an idiom of sorts. The Spanish phrase pedir matrimonio means to propose (marriage). A close translation would be "I'm going to propose to her/him," which Duo changes to "ask him/her to marry me."


    Thanks for the input. I had answered "I'm going to ask her for marriage" (marked wrong) which seemed to make sense to me given the sentence structure. These types of statements should be under the Idiom section, not randomly assigned to other areas. Idioms rarely translate in a logical fashion.


    "I am going to propose marriage." Is the meaning somehow different? I chose this because I did not know whether the person being asked was male or female, but it wasn't accepted.


    SLL3, I think this is the best answer, and would probably have been accepted had you added "to her/him".


    why is 'le' used instead of 'lo' or 'la'?


    Lo and La are direct object pronouns (the pronoun receives the action of the verb). Lo and la can mean him, her, or it.

    Tengo un libro. Lo leo. I have a book. I read it.

    La mesa está negra. La veo. The table is black. I see it.


    Le is an indirect object pronoun. It means to him, to her, or to it.

    Él es mi amigo. Le hablo. He is my friend. I talk to him.

    Es el cumpleaños de Elena. Le doy un regalo. It is Elena's birthday I give her a gift (I give a gift to her).

    Amo a mi perro. Le compro un juguete. I love my dog. I buy it a toy.


    Thanks Irtward that's helpful!


    But it's not "I am going to ask TO him to get married" so why is this an indirect situation ie. I am going to take him, I am going to save him, etc would use direct pronoun "lo" ( lo voy a llevar, lo voy a salvar, etc.) so why is it indirect to say "I am going to ask him..."? Does "pedir" always require indirect pronouns?


    Yes, I think you are asking to/for him to get married - whether married to you or to somebody else, no matter. (You are posing the question to him, asking for him to do something). The 'something' is to get married (in english, a phrase used as a noun), or matrimonio, which I believe is your direct object.. in any event, him is indirect. You are not doing something to him (loving, killing, saving, taking, etc.), you are directing something (a question) to/ for/at him. As for pediir, idk. Always is a dangerous word. But yes, it will often take an indirect object b/c of the type of verb it is. Being less literal in translations may help you to grasp concepts easier; I find it just doesn't work to try to make things for too tightly.


    sure ok, makes sense - directing a question "to" him.....thanks.


    Hmm. And what about "casarse con"? I see regional issues here with leismo, etc., in the source materials, and I see shortsightedness in what should be accepted in some of the answers. As I've said before, not enough breadth in the source materials and not enough time in operation to accumulate alternative answers. i'm trying to test out of some of this stuff and I find myself being told that I'm wrong when I know that I'm right, and I think that a lot of it has to do with not starting at the beginning as it I knew nothing and thus not recognizing what the system likes and spitting it back.


    "I'm going to ask to marry her" should also be accepted


    I agree. How do I know that I'm not asking one of the parents for permission to marry some girl? Any translation that assumes that I'm specifying the person I want to wed seems unjustified and wrong to me, based on the context.


    i would have thought the pronoun was "lo"..why is it "le" isn't this a direct object since he's the one the verb is acting on?


    I translated it as "I am going to propose to her" and it was accepted. Where I live (USA) that would be the usual way of saying that you are going to ask someone to marry you.


    ¡Qué romántico! ¿Cuando es la boda?


    What in this sentence says "marry ME"? It is implied, but I don't see in in the Spanish translation so why is it required in the English translation.


    Matrimonio is not a verb or at least i haven't found one in my web search. So my translation was ...ask him for marriage. But Duolingo marked it wrong. Why?


    I am not sure if your translation is correct.


    I thought it was"I am going to ask for marraige" and it worked. Now I'm wondering how to say "I'm going to aske her for marraige" Maybe if I added a "a ella" at the end?


    Why is le being used, and not lo?


    macie- because you need an indirect object here and lo is a direct object


    I thought the voice said creer not pedir. It was hard to understand.


    How is "matrimonio" used as a verb. Isn't it a noun? What happened to casarse?


    Divalusisa, the main verb is ask. (pedir) You are right, matrimonio is a noun; It means marriage and matrimony. Matrimonio is not being used as a verb. The verb would be matrimoniar. In English, you can ask someone to marry(V) or for marriage(N) and the main verb is to ask.

    The problem is the awkwardness in translation. Le voy a pedir matrimonio is literally translated as I'm going to ask him (or her) for marriage. If you were saying that you were going to ask someone to marry you, you'd say I'm going to ask him (or her) to marry me. Obviously if you weren't bound by trying to translate sentences as close as possible, you might even say I'm going to propose to him (or her.) [...and endless variants]

    In English, if you don't add the me (like SLL3's example), it sounds like a third person thing (i.e. where someone is suggesting someone else get married.) However, from what I've read so far, this Spanish sentence definitely implies a person is going to propose to someone. The crux of the problem, with this sentence, is that the English and Spanish have matching verbs and nouns that can be put together in similar way, but when you do that, they have slightly different meanings. I'm going to ask him (or her) to get married matches the meaning while being as close as possible to the equivalent diction. However, when this awkwardness happens, the list of correct answers should be expanded to more options because what "sounds close" is completely subjective.

    This forum link proves pedir matrimonio is best translated, as everyone has suggested, with marry me or with the verb propose: http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=1931400

    To confuse matters:
    http://www.wordreference.com/es/translation.asp?tranword=propose+marriage (proponer instead of pedir)

    search for Pedir
    (Pedir en matrimonio - en required between pedir and matrimonio)

    As for casarse, this is the closest thing i could find:
    Possibly casarse isn't used in that way?

    Sorry i couldn't be more succinct.


    I thought "to get married" was reflexive cansarse... can someone explain the difference here with matrimonio?


    It is - nos casamos = we got married

    This example is one of many in Duo where it's a loose translation.

    The Spanish is more like "I asked him for marriage" pedir - to ask for. Matrimonio - marriage (a noun)


    Would "Le voy a pedir casarse conmigo" also be correct?


    I did not se a "me" in the Spanish so I did not include it in the English translation. I thought it was understood. I wrote, "I am going to ask her to marry" Was I really wrong or is it illogical to force "me" into the translation when it is not a part of the Spanish sentence and is understood anyway?


    gordon- matrimonio is a noun, not a verb, so the translation from Spanish to English is not literal, there,s no reference of ME, because the construction of the Spanish sentence is different from English and doesn,t need to marry and me


    Where's the "me" in this sentence? I wrote "I am going to ask her to marry" because I couldn't find the "me." Shouldn't it have an indirect object as well?


    If the person is being asked to get married (directly), why are we using Le instead of Él or La?


    It's a marriage proposal to an él or ella. The marriage is the thing asked for.


    Where is the "me" in this sentence? I translated as "
    "I am going to ask her to marry" and got it wrong.


    "pedir matrimonio" translates to propose. So, "voy a pedir matrimonio" means "I'm going to propose." With the indirect object pronoun "le" it could be "to her" or "to him." Together, "Le voy a pedir matrimonio" is "I'm going to propose to him/her."


    My translation was I am going to ask him to get married. So DL must have changed it.


    to marry or to get married are the same


    To anyone in particular? Or to the speaker?

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