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"¿Estás cocinando un pollo?"

Translation:Are you cooking a chicken?

November 13, 2013



No you don't need a


Could be that you saw a whole bird sitting in the oven and for some reason you're not sure if it's a turkey or a chicken... Then it'd make sense.


Usually people would say "are you cooking chicken", rather than are you cooking A chicken.


Yeah. It got me with that too, but I failed to report it before moving on to the next.


You are cooking a chicken? What is the difference?


I don't know. I would think that's right too. I did "you're cooking a chicken?" and got dinged for it.


I do not believe that any of the sentences in this section tecnically contain "gerunds". " I am cooking chicken" is simply in the present progressive tense - which expresses currently ongoing action. "Cooking" used as a gerund would rather be "I like cooking" A gerund is a verb form used as a noun - in this case the object of "like"


You have to recall that this is a Spanish lesson. The gerundio in Spanish is a present participle describing a continuous action, and is translated (imperfectly) as "gerund".



Gerundio ≠ Gerund

A Gerundio is the Spanish Present Participle.
It cannot function as a noun. (In Spanish, all verbal nouns are infinitives.)

It can be used to form any of the Progressive Tenses and as an adverb.

An English Gerund is a verb ending in -ING functioning as a noun. Period.
In English, a verbal noun can be either a Gerund or an Infinitive.
English Present Participles can function as part of any Progressive Tense or an Adjective or a Noun.

Only when used as a noun is a Present Participle called a Gerund in English.



Is a live chicken called the same thing as a dead chicken,and a cooked chicken ?


"You are cooking chicken" is statement and not a question. That's the difference. Though in spoken English, when you raise your tone at the end of the sentence, we generally understand it to be a question.


I can't believe there is a "pollo" not "arroz" :D


Sí, por arroz con pollo


To me, if you are using some meat from a chicken, you would say "Are you cooking chicken?" To say "Are you cooking a chicken?" means you are asking if they are cooking the whole bird. It's like asking if you are cooking a cow, rather than just asking if you are cooking beef.


Why no personal "a"?? Is it because the indefinite article "un" is used rather than the definite articel "el" or is it something else altogether? "Un pollo" is clearly the direct object in the sentence.


The personal 'a' is used for people and pets. For example: "Veo a los niños" = "I see the boys" because boys are people. "Veo los pollos" = "I see the chickens"


Then why do they use the personal a when talking about a bear? I don't consider that a pet!


Un would translate to a, el would translate to the. A chicken versus the chicken.


I'm struggling with the general concept of this... I know we're covering gerunds here, so the answer DL is looking for is "estas cocinando", but doesn't "cocinas?" also mean "are you cooking"? Is there a difference between the two? And if so, when do you use each?


Cocinas is present tense, which in english would translate more to "do you cook chicken?" While estás cocinando would give off more of the idea of "are you cooking chicken (at this very moment/right now)?" Hope that helped!


it does, thanks neiht :-)


I agree. I forgot that this lesson was about gerunds and put "cocinas". I think it should be accepted.


Oops! I am using SwiftKey and some how I typed 'chipmunk' instead of chicken


Why not "Are you cooking chicken"?


Yo escribi exactamente como ustedes dicen que es correcto y me estan diciendo que no es incorrecto...I am not confused...Ustedes se han equivocado por ahora...


Watch this and you''ll never forget pollo y arroz.
I Love Lucy - Chicken and rice: https://youtu.be/nC84yX2_tIA


"Are you cooking chicken" is more natural.


That's what I'm thinking, too.


oh! I'm glad I got that one wrong!! I thought it was asking if you were EATING a chicken, and that just sounded bizarre, like you were eating it without cooking it!

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