"You read."

Translation:Tú lees.

January 7, 2013



English language issue here. "read" can be read two different ways: present tense and past tense. The one being used here is present tense, but could easily be mistaken for past tense.

January 15, 2013


True. However, I wonder if Duolingo give examples based on one's current level. If this is the case, then I just know it wouldn't be past tense because I'm not there yet. Perhaps as we get further in our lessons, Duolingo will add more context so we are clear on the time frame.

July 21, 2013


Correct me if im wrong, but from reading comments on similar phrases it would seem that "read" should actually be interpreted as English past tense. If it was to be interpreted as English present tense, the Spanish phrase would be written in 'present progressive' form as "tú estas leyendo" meaning "you are reading" which can only be interpreted as present tense in English. Definitely confusing when reading the phrase in english with homonyms

March 6, 2014


That is what happened to me

August 29, 2014


true lenny

January 10, 2017



January 10, 2017


(I'm native Spanish) "usted/ustedes" is used in more or less the same cases that French "vous", German "Sie" or Italian "Lei", its a respect form used when you speak to an older person or your boss, for instance. The person used for verbs is the 3rd (as for él/ella): yo leo / tú lees / él/ella/usted lee / nosotros leemos / vosotros leéis / ellos/ellas/ustedes leen. Finally, the "tú" can be omitted in most cases like in Italian (unless Duolingo decides otherwise ;)) Use it only when you want to stress the fact that you are addresing to that person or to avoid ambiguous sentences. For instance, "¿Lees un libro?" is a normal question, but if you say "¿Tú lees un libro?" you are somehow showing you are very surprised that the person is reading a book. Another example: "Yo leo" is almost as if you added "(what you never do!") In normal cases I never use the pronoun. Anyway, as a German teacher of mine always said, "Übung macht den Maister", I mean, practice is the only way to catch all these subtlenesses...

November 22, 2013



July 26, 2014


Why does tú use "lees" and usted uses "lee"?

March 11, 2013


I was wondering that too.

April 4, 2013


me too i don't get that

December 3, 2016


i believe usted is more formal and used when you are talking to someone you do not know well or elders.

January 7, 2013


I thought this would be tu leen, not tu lees?

March 3, 2013


I believ leen would be used with they, not you informal.

July 19, 2013


Jenny, you are correct. Ellos, ellas and ustedes would use leen. Tu(accented) uses lees.

July 21, 2013


leen is the formal for ellas/ellos

October 22, 2013


weirdest language ever

May 12, 2015


Why is it not Usted lees, as it is Tú lees? I don't understand. Why does the s of lees get dropped for the singular You on Usted?

July 9, 2013


Note that "usted/ustedes" use the 3rd person unlike "tú" that uses the 2nd. Unfortunately for English learners, every person has its own form in Spanish... ;) (and also in French, German or Italian) In fact that's one of the reasons why I love English, because English is way more efficient using the pronouns instead of having a bunch of different forms for (almost) every person.

November 22, 2013


Can you say "Lees", or does it have to be "Tu lees" in this case? The rules of omission kind of baffle me, so...

November 22, 2013


I think i'm a little confused. last time on the same question, i put " Tú lees" and it counted me wrong for not putting "Yo." this time, its the opposite?

September 23, 2015


I did lee

January 29, 2016


Wy tú lees not tú lemos

February 1, 2016


It said to pronounce "you read", so I said "Tu lees", it took my answer correctly but assumed I pronounced "Vos lees", why would that be? What is "Vos"?

February 17, 2016


Haha, it said 'You read', so I'm like, okay, I read, got it, yo leo. Doh!

February 23, 2016


first time I have seen Ud.. Ud lee..?

April 26, 2016


I said the wrong words and it marked me correct. I said Yo Leo.

July 10, 2016


So.. I read= yo lees You read= Tú lees They read= Ellos leen We read= Nosotros lee

About right?...

July 28, 2016


Please someone help me understand lee, leemos and all that more easily. I get all the different types of "reads" messed up.

October 5, 2016


I am sooooooo livid with Duolingo right now!!!!!!!!!!! I am a native Spanish speaker, yet they are constantly dogging me

October 24, 2016


it keeps saying I am wrong even when my Spanish tutor says it.

November 18, 2016


you reed not yall reed

January 30, 2017
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