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"Es un poeta pobre."

Translation:He is a poor poet.

January 6, 2013


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What exactly does poor poet mean here? Does it mean poor moneywise, or a bad poet? Or could it be both?

April 19, 2013


In some cases placing the adjective before or after the noun makes a difference. "Esa pobre mujer" means "that poor (unfortunate) woman". "Esa mujer pobre" means "that poor (no money) woman".

December 2, 2013


I guess it just takes practice to be able to tell what the meaning of a sentence and variations in meaning with word order. Tone of voice and context would also help to determine the meaning.

October 1, 2016


I think you both have it right. In this context, poor could mean impoverished, unfortunate, or unskilled.

Reference: http://www.wordreference.com/es/en/translation.asp?spen=pobre

September 27, 2013


In this context pobre means poor no money cause it's after noun..if it is before noun pobre poeta than it means miserable or bad..si it depends where you put adverb..sorry for my english it is not my maternal..

February 24, 2014


Would it be legal to say "es un pobre poeta pobre" to get both meanings at once?

I know its a silly sentence but I'm just wondering if it makes sense (perhaps as a joke)

March 11, 2015


I am interested in knowing the answer to this

September 18, 2017


It sounds weird. I have never heard it.

January 16, 2018


Thanks that's clearer now.

August 6, 2016

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    When speaking literally, we put the adjective AFTER the noun is describing, but when speaking figuratively, we put it BEFORE. So, ella es una poeta pobre (literal) means she is poor moneywise. Ella es una pobre poeta (figurative) means a bad poet (lacking skills).

    November 21, 2017


    How do you know the poet is a he? I said "She is a poor poet" and was marked wrong.

    January 6, 2013


    A female poet would have been "una poeta" :). Duolingo is not sexist!

    January 6, 2013


    But the system also accepted 'It is a poor poet' as correct. I think Duolingo is more clueless than sexist.

    February 20, 2013


    it's weird, I got this as an audio (so had to write the spanish of what I was hearing) and I played it 3 times because... how can "it" be a poet? a better sentence would have been el/ella es un poeta pobre."

    March 8, 2013


    Yes, you could put in él/ella for clarity. But this is a common Spanish construction. Un/una indicates whether the poet is male or female, so él/ella is omitted for brevity. It's understood that a poet is not an "it."

    The Duolingo translation "It is a poor poet" is incorrect.

    March 8, 2013


    thanks! that makes sense.

    March 9, 2013


    Ok, that makes sense. I was confused because I got the "mark all correcT" option and marked "she" and "it" because it grammatically made sense and I thought it would mark it wrong if I didn't include it, but an "it" can't be a poet in most cases, so that makes sense. Thanks!

    October 8, 2013


    I said 'she is a poor poet' and the sentence was marked incorrect

    March 27, 2018


    Not any more, it has changed so only "he" is accepted.

    February 2, 2018


    yup, i didnt know to put he, i put it is...and got it wrong

    February 12, 2018


    I wrote 'It is a poor poet' and it didn't accept it???

    April 5, 2018


    I put that and it was not excepted

    April 19, 2018


    Of course, how silly of me to not pick that up!

    January 6, 2013


    I made the same simple mistake... ...but that's how we learn!

    September 21, 2016


    Yep, one does not learn and succeed without failing many times, but still never giving up.

    October 1, 2016


    isnt Es, it is

    November 23, 2013


    Es = (he/she/it) is. "Poeta" rules out "it". Then "un" indicates "he".

    February 8, 2014


    Me too. Glad you asked.

    November 6, 2017


    Is there any other kind?

    March 22, 2014


    Considering that there is actual research on artificial intelligence being programmed or taught to write poetry, I'd say "it is a poor poet" is acceptable

    on top of being grammatically correct and hugely descriptive of the current state of computer created poetry.

    January 7, 2014


    He is just a Poe boy from a Poe family...

    September 28, 2015


    How do you get "he" out of this? Shouldn't that have been "El es un poeta pobre" if it refers to a male poet? Rob

    December 4, 2013


    "Un" indicates a male, so "El" isn't necessary. For a female it would have been "una poeta."

    March 3, 2014


    Poeta, another exception to rule of noun which states that -a ending words are feminine.


    It is a feminine word for a masculine gender.

    Please help me.

    Spanish is very complicated language.Whoever knows it are intelligents.

    September 12, 2014


    There are some words in Spanish that come down from the Greek that end in 'a' and use a masculine article. The words often have to do with geography and literature: el mapa, el poema, el clima, el drama, el poeta and so on. Over time you will learn to recognize them.

    September 13, 2014


    tecalai solid gold! That explains some of the many exceptions. Thank you.

    December 6, 2016


    ¿Es Edgar Allan Poe?

    June 21, 2015


    ...and he doesn't realise. D@#n it, It should have been "know it!" He really is a bad poet!

    June 30, 2015


    i thought, Es was it is ?! am i wrong ?

    November 23, 2013


    Es = He / She / It is

    July 24, 2014


    Why would i get "she is a poet" wrong? Does es mainly mean it or he? I am sincerely asking, for i truly dont know. And before someone get on the "sexist" high horse, please dont.

    May 21, 2015


    "Poeta" is a noun that is spelled the same for male and female poets. This is atypical of many of the words you learn early on, but there's lots of these words in Spanish. In this case, the clue to the gender is the word before it: "un" for male and "una" for female. So "un poeta" is a male poet and "una poeta" is a female poet.

    May 21, 2015


    ("But I repeat myself.")

    August 20, 2015


    This is kinda stereotypical.

    October 5, 2015


    Why was I wrong for putting "you are a poor poet" last time I check "es un poeta pobre" could be translated as "he is a poor poet" or "you are a poor poet" due to the fact that the pronouns el/ella/usted are all able to be used for the third conjugation.

    June 15, 2017


    I have an impression that "Es" when referred to a person is close in meaning to "This" --"This is a poor poet"

    February 2, 2013


    I'm pretty sure that would be "Esto es un poeta pobre."

    February 20, 2013


    Correct. As you mention further down in the thread, "es" here can (should) be translated to "he is." I suppose if you came across a homeless poet, but didn't recognize the poet as human, you might have a short conversation like this:

    "What is it?" "It is a poet."

    Still doesn't seem correct though, as you point out.

    March 27, 2013


    Este es un poeta pobre

    January 16, 2018


    Of course, the translation is ambiguous, but in Spanish the placement of the adjective removes this ambiguity, no? it does mean that he fits the stereotype of the penniless verse maker, although he may be very good. No?

    February 26, 2013


    The translation isn't ambiguous; "It is a poor poet" is simply incorrect.

    March 8, 2013


    It is probably due to so many complaining. sigh

    March 4, 2015


    Isn't that a bit redundant?

    March 3, 2014


    Reminds me of any Fakir or wise poet of Orient.

    December 1, 2014


    Why not a 'she'? What is a female poet called in Spanish?

    February 17, 2015


    Please read above. This question has been answered many times.

    March 4, 2015


    Well he better write good poems to get rich!

    April 12, 2015


    Shouldn't "poeta" refer to a female poet? Or is the presence of "un" rather than "una" make the poet a male?

    June 10, 2015


    It could also be a sentence fragment "it's a poor poet who doesn't use iambic pentameter, " por ejemplo.

    July 1, 2015


    Can this also be interpreted to mean "He is a bad poet"?

    August 20, 2015


    Why do some Spanish nouns have masculine and feminine forms (ingeniero/ingeniera) while others don't (poeta)? Is there a system to help distinguish with or is it just something you have to memorize?

    September 28, 2015


    Poeta has a feminine form, it is "poetisa". There are some as "médico" (doctor) that only have a masculine form. That's because of historical reasons. Men used to be the only ones allowed to study medicina a few decades ago. Also "matrona" (midwife) has only a feminine form because masculine midwife had always been very rare. Then there are others as "músico" (musician) that only have a masculine form because the feminine would be "música" which mean music and it's weird.

    October 17, 2015


    What does the Duolingo sentence mean in Spanish, please? 1) He has no money--he is poor and he is a poet. 2) His poems are bad (but may be rich--thanks to his parents' money). Gracias mil.

    December 23, 2015


    You cannot know without a context, but it probably means he has no money, when you want to say he is a bad poet you usually say "como poeta es muy pobre"

    December 23, 2015


    "Cuentan de un sabio que un día

    tan pobre y mísero estaba,

    que sólo se sustentaba

    de unas hierbas que cogía.

    ¿Habrá otro, entre sí decía,

    más pobre y triste que yo?;

    y cuando el rostro volvió

    halló la respuesta, viendo

    que otro sabio iba cogiendo

    las hierbas que él arrojó..."

    "La Vida es Sueño" de Pedro Calderón de la Barca

    January 16, 2018


    Hi blueballom, things are changing. Some forms of words that were traditionally linked with male/female jobs or professions now have masculine or feminine forms: http://dle.rae.es/?id=Ol43qKz|Ol6Jp7U although in some cases things remain the same: http://dle.rae.es/?id=Odao13n

    December 6, 2016


    Thank you friends for all the insightful answers. I too was unsure of the poets gender.. Now I Know.

    October 28, 2015


    Duolingo gave me a second translation which said "He is a poor poet." Why "he", there is no masculine pronoun in the sentence?

    December 11, 2015


    i wrote "she is a poor poet" is that incorrect because of "un" being masculine?

    February 6, 2016


    The answer is unclear. The answer is "He is a poor poet", however "es" can stand for "she" and "it", too. So, why only "he" is correct? No comprendo!

    May 4, 2016


    This does not translate properly to English.

    May 25, 2016


    i put she is a poor poet and it counted it wrong, sexist much

    June 6, 2016


    i quit

    June 15, 2016


    what poets are NOT poor?

    September 4, 2016


    Shakespeare was rich!

    September 4, 2016


    How's it "It's a poor poet" incorrect translation in English!

    September 17, 2016


    Story of my life.

    September 21, 2016


    Where is él in this ?

    May 15, 2017


    If it helps in spanish the noun is before the verb and in english it is not, El poeta pobre, the noun is first, He is a poor poet the verb is first

    July 27, 2017


    The Spanish may very well be good and correct, Aimee. What I'm referring to is the unenglish English that is supposed to be the answer.

    July 30, 2017


    Accepted answers: He is a poor poet It's a poor poet

    But could "you are a poor poet" not also be a correct answer?

    August 30, 2017


    What is the problem with "She is a poor poet"?

    September 3, 2017


    How would we say, "She is a poor poet." ?

    September 5, 2017


    Es should have accent

    September 5, 2017


    it is a poor poet ?

    September 21, 2017


    Poets... get a REAL job.

    October 21, 2017


    Why's"She a poor poet" wrong?

    November 5, 2017


    I'll give him money!

    November 14, 2017


    Why he? She is just as correct here, but it marked that wrong

    January 12, 2018


    "pobre poeta" and "poeta pobre" are not the same.

    January 16, 2018


    Should have gotten a real degree instead of that English one.

    January 20, 2018


    this looks like "it is a poor poet." -_-

    February 1, 2018


    Roses a silver, Violets are orange, Ooooooooooooo

    February 9, 2018


    Male poet =poeto? Im lost again

    February 12, 2018


    Poor poet is redundant.

    February 16, 2018


    Why not SHE? Why could it not be either HE or SHE? How do I know it was not a girl???????

    April 28, 2018


    It's a poorly written question...if properly written it would have included el or ella...the sentence requires too much abstract though to have an out-of-context statement.

    May 30, 2018


    Poets are poor lol

    June 4, 2018


    "It is a bad poet" was marked wrong. But, asume a conversation like this: "What would you say about a poet that writes like this?" "I would say it is a bad poet"

    June 4, 2018


    Put thefucking word el before for ❤❤❤❤❤ sake

    June 9, 2018


    I dont know if Talking about: it, he or she. Nothing implied

    June 11, 2018


    Please add it is a poor poet also to the dictionary. It is proper English. And a she is called una poeta, I believe.

    June 11, 2018


    I think this needs "el" because with just "es" mean "its" to me

    June 29, 2018


    Ok.. "El"should be in this sentence, because to me it means "it's a poor poet". IE: es una carta

    July 1, 2018


    How do we know this is 'he' ?

    August 6, 2018
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