Is this "you" in particular, or just a general "you," as in "how does one write a letter?"
Usually in Spanish they don't use "you" the way we do in English to refer to general questions. If you wanted to say that you would say "¿Cómo se escribe una carta?" (How does one write a letter?)
saessafo- in this sentence, we don't want to know how we or someone else writes a letter but how do YOU write a letter. You is implied in the sentence not others.
Pretty sure saying "How do you..." is slang, and that people originally used "How does one..."
they wrote "escribes", the "es" at the end is a conjugation for the "tu" (I cant use the accent), which means that they are already saying "tu" in a way
If you are using a computer and you want an accent go into Control Panel > > languages and Region > and you figure out the rest because I am just doing this from memory.
I think because the escribes. The es at the end is a conjugation of tu so maybe thats why.
It is all in context. Generally it refers to the person that you are speaking to.
It says 'escribes' which is the conjugation for tu. Whenever we conjugate er verbs s is addded to the verb after removing the r (when it is put along with tu).
It is a particular you, although in coloquial speak it can be used as both. The general "how does one write a letter?" question woul be "¿Cómo se escribe una carta?"
If i wanted to say 'How do I write a letter' could it be 'Como escribo una carta' ??
In Spanish the second-to-last syllable is usually accented. If a different syllable is accented it gets an accent mark. Why does the first O in "cómo" have an accent? Since it is the second-to-last syllable it should be accented by default.
To differentiate "I eat" or "like/as" from "how". Accents are usually used for pronunciation but they can also be used to indicate a different meaning.
Tú - you; tu - your.
Qué - what; que - that/which.
Unlike in English, in Spanish and French (and probably others), the present tense of the verb has several meanings depending on context. "Yo escribo" can mean "I write," "I am writing," or "I do write."
In the case of "Cómo escribes," it means "How do you write?" (or potentially "How are you writing," but that doesn't really make sense here).
It cant mean I am writing, then you would need to say, "Yo estoy escribiendo" (you'll learn later), everything else is right, though
In English "I am writing" is used for simple present more than "I write". "I write" is usually only used for habitual actions. As I understand it, if I say "Estoy escribiendo un libro" in Spanish I mean that I am writing at this moment. If I say "I am writing a book" in English, I only mean that I have started to write a book and have not completed it yet. I would never say "I write a book" in English as a complete sentence. "I write books" or "I write a book every year" are both fine, because they imply habitual action.
Thank you. It is not so hard the translate from Spanish but a whole different story when translating to Spanish.
diamond- For a question in English you need to use DO. Do you love me, do you go to school.
How come the word "do" is just assumed? its not anywhere in the actual sentence but when translated to english the word "do" is there.. is the verb hacer, "to do".. wouldnt it be como hace tu escribes una carta? I dont understand that part of spanish, how words are just assumed to be there.. the way I see the sentence it says "how you write a letter?"
Spanish doesn't work that way. While you are literally translating the sentence to "How you write a letter?", the Spanish are saying it in a way that means something much closer to "How do you write a letter?".
Your spanish alternative sounds just fine, but I'm guessing the above sentence is the one that's more commonly used.
But surely that doesn't make sense Alchz. If so, wouldn't that make it much easier to misinterpret what someone was saying if you just assumed words were there? That would be the equivalent of saying "What doing?" in English which is considered improper English. Is there not a more formal way of asking "How do you write a letter? And if so, wouldn't it be better to teach the formal way first? Is this just me or what?
You are seeing it from the wrong point of view. When speaking in Spanish, there are no words assumed, this is just how it is. However, when you are translating the sentence into English, the word 'do' needs to be added to make complete sense of the idea in English.
Wow, been doing questions awhile now and this is the first time I've seen this asked...
So if I want to say "How do they write a letter?", I' ll have to say "Como escriben una carta?
Yes, but that would be ambiguous, since it could be either the 'they' conjugation or the 'you (all)' conjugation. Adding the subject would make it clear.
Why cannot the sentence be translated to "Como escribe una carta?" as I'm implying "usted" in the sentence? Duolingo said I'm using a command form...
So carta means letter and menu? Is there any link between Carta and catalogue?
Why does it say how do you write a letter, but como es el is what is he like. I wrote what is writing a letter like.
If you are asking how to write a letetr IN SPANISH... You could use duolingo
To write a letter, get paper and a pen or pencil, write something on the paper and give to somebody, and that's how to write a letter.
One writes a letter with two important things 1) paper 2) a pencial
Wrote card for "carta" and got a mistake. Isn't carta both card and letter?
"Carta" can only mean "card" when referring to playing cards. So while that is technically a correct translation, it's nonsensical, and should be counted as incorrect since the goal is to learn comprehension.
Hola ShiyuChen: "How to write a letter" is not correct because you did not conjugate the verb. You only used the infinitive "to write". The sentence says "YOU write". You must start with the infinititve "escribir", but then you must "conjugate" the verb; that is, each person has a different verb form. For instance, in this sentence "escribes" means "you write". Here are some sample of other conjugations of "escribir" in the present tense are: I write = "yo escribo", he writes = él escribe", we write = nosotros escribimos, they write = ellos escriben. CHAU
On a previous question it asked me to translate that phrase into Spanish, and it asked me to use "tu", as in I am talking to someone, but in this question it uses "you" generally. Out of context, is there a way to differenciate between the two phrases (one in which I'm speaking to someone and the other when I'm being general)?
Why is this not, How do you write a menu. As in "como escribir una carta" (sorry about the accents and improper keyboard usage)
I know that "you" is implied from the question but still is it grammatically wrong if I say : " ¿cómo escribes tú una carta? "
That is grammatically valid but the meaning changes subtly. It becomes "How do YOU write a letter?"
Can "cómo" only be used for questions? If I want to say- "This is how I..." do I use "cómo?"
Hi languagecow12, because is the gender of the word, It belongs to the female gender
the letter. (la carta).
the woman. (la mujer).
a letter. (una carta).
the man. (el hombre).
the roof. (el techo).
a car. (un carro).
El= male gender.
I hope to have you helped if there are doubts or mistakes please comment.
greetings and luck
"Escribe", It commonly used with the next subjects - You.
You write a book= (Tú escribes un libro (Only use "Escribes" with "Tú") or Usted escribe un libro)
With - He, She, It, It's translated as "Escribe"
He writes a letter (Él escribe una carta)
She writes as a poet (Ella escribe como una poeta).
I hope to have you helped If there are doubts or mistakes please comment
Greetings and luck
It doesn't sound as if Duo is asking a question, just monotone.. what gave it away was "Como" which means How...
A form of "comer" means eat, as in "mi gato come leche." Cómo means "how." Sí, es muy hard.
I check with a spanish to english translation app and this is incorrect. It would say 'as he writes a letter', i believe, instead of 'how do you write a letter' am i wrong?
In the translation for "como" there's the choice "sorry?" . In what cases do you use that ?
i was already struggling with como as 'eat' and 'as', not new como (of course, with new flaunting accent) means 'how' as well. Probably a day will come when just handful of words mean everything, depending upon the situation :P
I put how do i write a letter and got it wrong. May i please have an explanation
I think this should be passive voice "como se escriba" . How does one write a letter? How often do we ask "How do YOU Write a letter?" whaddya think?
I mean i dont under stand in spanish the could be 3 spainish words, but in eniglish its 5 words
It is always helpful to remember the gender qualities of the words you are using. If you are talking about a word that ends in an "a", let's say "carta", that means that is is feminine and therefore all pronouns referring to it should be used accordingly, such as "una" in this case.. Similarly, if you have a masculine noun, such as "nino" (I apologise I don't know how to do accents on my computer) you must chose describers and pronouns that agree with that gender. There will also be some words where the gender is less apparent, such as "agua". These nouns take just a little bit of memorization, you kind of just have to know whether they are masculine or feminine. It also helps if you say it out loud and test the sound. For instance, what sounds correct; "El agua" or "La agua"? (the answer is "el agua") You just need to develop a little bit of an ear for it, it comes with practice. Hope that helped out a little bit. :)
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A tip: if your having trouble finding the first word of the sentence or phrase find the word that is upercase, that is usally the one
Is this referring to an alphabetic letter or a letter like one you would send in the mail?
A letter to send in the mail. If Duo was asking about an alphabetical letter, I wouldn't trust Duolingo to teach me anything. I'd quit:)
Cómo is 'how' as well as 'what', it shows here , cual is 'what' as well and so is 'que' , so how do you know when to use which of these as 'what' ?
Como means eat, unless you put an accent mark over the first o (cómo), then it's how/what.
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How do you tell the difference between the como as in eating and como as in who
'Cómo' with an accent mark means 'how/what'. 'Como' without an accent mark means 'eat'.
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