I think "Andrea plays flute" should also be accepted. To me, without "the", it focuses on the general ability to play; with "the", more like the action of playing the flute at the moment. Maybe it's a regional thing?
If someone said "Andrea plays the flute" to me, I would assume they meant the general ability to play. The action of playing the flute at the moment would have to be "Andrea is playing the flute."
But I agree that "Andrea plays flute" should also be accepted.
Generally speaking, Andrea would be a woman's name in English but a man's name in Italian. What about Spanish?
"Andrea plays flute." This is a common way of expressing that someone plays an instrument in English. If someone told me that Andrea plays THE flute, I might ask him which flute.
I would agree with this too. For example I am a drummer and mostly say "I play drums" not "I play the drums". I used to play recorder in the school orchestra too and if people asked me what my instrument was in the orchestra I would have replied "I play recorder".
«tocar» + musical instrument is the expression "to play" + musical instrument. Spanish does not use the verb «jugar» for musical instruments. «jugar» is only for games and sports. Otherwise, yes, «tocar» means "to touch."
Is this she plays the flute right now, or thats what she does all the time?
im just an old man from a small norfolk village in the uk but if i was telling my mate all about my woman friend andrea and i said she plays flute he would have no idea what the hell i was on about but if i said she plays the flute he would understand it. same if i was telling of my nephew who plays the drums, , maybe its just a norfolk thing
I haven't learned the word for flute yet, but I can't see a suggestion for it. However, I can see suggestion for Andrea. Thanks Duo.
Does this mean she is currently playing the flute or that she knows how to play the flute? Both meanings correct?
Is toca only plays (right now) or also know how to play? I.e. is Andrea actively playing the flute or does she take lessons and nows how to?
In Spanish the verb 'tocar' is used when referring to playing an instrument.