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"Ella pidió la comida."

Translation:She asked for the food.

January 8, 2013



Can someone explain the difference between pidió and preguntó? Not sure I get it.


The verb "pedir" means more to order, like you order food at a restaurant, or to ask to get something. The verb "preguntar" means to literally ask a question, out of curiosity.


I would say "preguntar" is to "ask a question" (pregunta also means question), while "pedir" is to "ask" anything else, e.g. to ask for food or help etc.


When you use "preguntar" you should receive a non-physical answer and when you use "pedir" you should receive a physical , material "answer" . Am I right? I also think this is not a general thing, but closely...


So it's the difference between asking and requesting?


To ask, verbo preguntar, to ask for (request, place an order) verbo pedir


I would say pregunto is to ask and pidio is to ask for


Can't this also be translated as "She requested the food"?


The verb "pedir" generally is used to mean to ask for or order, like at a restaurant. Request works, but is a little too formal.


request is to formal, the translation for request is solicitar or exigir.


Exegir is more like demand, isn't it?

"¡Exigo una explicación!"


Eh, exigir is demand, not request. Very different.


too formal :)


I've got to agree with Chacala, not only because several sources define pedir as "to request" but also because I see absolutely no difference between "requesting" and "asking for".


Printed resources is one thing, and what native speakers have to say is another. I advise reading what they said here.

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    'she requested the food' marked as wrong 21st Jan 2015


    Can this also be, "She asked for food" or is it literally "THE food"?


    I think that this is one of those situations where the (la) is used to specify "the food" as opposed to just asking for food.


    She asked for food, is accepted.


    That's wrong, unfortunately. It's unfortunate because Duo is adding to the considerable confusion already common among English speaker regarding use of the definite article.

    Here if a Spanish speaker meant "food" in a nonspecific way, they would omit the article, just as an English person would do. Including the definite article means either (a) it's the food a specific food or (b) all food in all it's varieties and manifestations. The latter is sometimes described as the abstract concept of food in general. While that description is somewhat problematic, the point is that it would be about food as the most complete set of things we consider food. You would use this sense to say something like, food is necessary for survival.

    The usage in this particular sentence is most definitely not that generalized all food sense of food. It's just about the food that was ordered.


    Can you explain a little more? I have been struggling with the way in which using the definite article in Spanish and English is similar, but not identical and your explanation puts me on the right path, but doesn't quite get me there.

    I think this explanation raises three possible scenarios:

    (1) I ordered a specific bit of food.

    (2) I ordered some food, but it doesn't really matter which bit of food or what kind of food.

    (3) I ordered all food in all it's varieties and manifestations.

    In English, I would use "the" in only the first scenario.

    Are you saying that, in Spanish, "la comida" would be used in the first and third scenarios, but not the second? I think that's the pattern I've seen and the pattern that I struggle to master.


    Sorry for the late reply, but yes. What you've described is correct. I'm hard pressed to imagine a context for your third scenario, but if one did exist, you'd include the definite article in Spanish.


    It is not ...


    Shouldn't the answer be por la comida?


    This question and some others need answering: pedir means to ask FOR so a) do not use 'por' the 'for' is already incorporated ( as in English 'request' does not have 'for'); b) hence the difference with preguntar, to ask (eg a question, not for something). The waste of effort though - the meaning of pidió is to be learned: asked for, requested, possibly in context ordered. Whether Duo bcurrently accepts or not you now have an understanding of the meaning....


    Super helpful! I know everyone is saying it is used to order food, but I have also seen it used to "request a hand in marriage" so your explanation makes perfect sense :)


    Ohhh, makes sense now


    ¨Pedir¨ is more like ¨to order¨ (as in a restaurant) or ¨to ask for.¨


    If you use 'por' the meaning changes to 'because of the meal'


    I love Duolingo, and I do look at other sources for learning, but it would perhaps be helpful to teach us a whole new tense using verbs we already know first. I dont remember learning this one, so its like triple trouble introducing a) a new verb, b) a new tense, and c) a new verb that is irregular.


    I have to agree with that! When I saw this new word my thinking was, "Where did come from? Never saw that verb before."


    I'm puzzled by the root verb "Pedir becoming "pidio" in the third person past tense. According to Tips, an ir ending verb should have a replaced ending of "io". This should surely make the word "pedio". Thoughts please? Also, I agree with the general point others make about introducing new verbs here. Although I am now sitting with Google translate open in a second field and one can simply hover over the unknown word, think of the english present tense and find the spanish translation. It is proving a beneficial additional learning method as you get to see the alternate prepositions. I am discovering that words like sobre have a great variety of meanings. You might want to try it!


    "Pedir" is a vowel raising irregular verb.

    It also happens to be a model verb for the other verbs conjugated like it. Wordreference is a great resource. You should become familiar with the site and how to use it. http://www.wordreference.com/conj/ESverbs.aspx?v=pedir

    You can also read more than you ever wanted to know about iregular verbs on wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_irregular_verbs


    I too have started keeping Google translate open, but just as a second reference. Your's is a great idea


    A sentence within this same exercise says "Ella pidió agua." If the English sentence had been "She asked for food," would the translation be "Ella pidió comida"? I guess I'm asking for an explanation about when we should use the article. Help?


    The problem is with the English phrase "asked for." The word "for" is not really a separate idea the way that "por" would be in Spanish.

    Instead, the phrase "asked for" is a pair of words that are, when used together, basically one verb. There are a lot of constructions like this. They are really a combination of past tense plus preposition, e.g., "asked for," "talked about." I'm sure there's a technical term for this construction, I just don't know it. There is almost always a single word that forms a substitute, e.g., "requested," "discussed."

    I don't understand why "requested" isn't an adequate substitute for "asked for" when translating pidió. I have never found "requested" to be necessarily formal. It's not colloquial, but its not strictly formal either.


    It gave me "Ella pidió la comida" and asked me to translate. Looks like it wants the article.


    According to the New World Spanish/English dictionary, the English translation of pedir is "...request, ask, beg, order..." Do the explanations below mean that the dictionary is incorrect in listing "request" as an English equivalent of "pedir"?


    The thing to regard is how words are used. Take note of what the natives have to offer. We are fortunate to have their imput.


    When a dictionary gives you a list of English translations you need to examine the example sentences they give you to understand how the word would be translated depending on the context. And if your dictionary doesn't give you any examples you need to understand that there is no 1 to 1, or even 1 to multiple direct correlation between Spanish and English words and the translations provided are sometimes only there to give you a sense of the meaning of the Spanish word. Don't just look at the words, let the words create a sense of the situation and translate the situation not the words.

    I find www.wordreference.com to be invaluable for figuring this sort of thing out.


    Continuity issue - previous question did not allow "ordered" as response, but allowed "requested". This one allows "ordered" but not "requested".


    Buggy program TAMBIEN: la comida = the meal, also. i.e. She ordered the meal.


    Can somebody please explain what the "la" is for, or why the sentence is structured this way?

    "Ella pidió la comida" in my head literally translates to "she asked the food", like she is asking the food a question. But that is just plain silly. How does it mean ask FOR the food? Is there a tip I can use to remember this?


    Not sure if you saw the answer above your question but I'll copy and paste it for you because I found it helpful

    "The problem is with the English phrase "asked for." The word "for" is not really a separate idea the way that "por" would be in Spanish.

    Instead, the phrase "asked for" is a pair of words that are, when used together, basically one verb. There are a lot of constructions like this. They are really a combination of past tense plus preposition, e.g., "asked for," "talked about." I'm sure there's a technical term for this construction, I just don't know it. There is almost always a single word that forms a substitute, e.g., "requested," "discussed.""


    I thought it said she asked the food.....


    unlucky, never mind worse things can happen, you wrote 17 hours ago...never written so close to someone .........................................................


    Is "Pediré" = to "Voy a pedir"? It seems "I will ask" and "I am going to ask" ( Is it just 2 ways of asking the same thing?)


    Why does not system accept using this conjugation: "did ask with why"?


    I'm not sure why you're trying to get across. Where would you get "Why" in your sentence. Can you explain?

    This translation works very literally: "Ella" = SHE/HER "pidió" = ASKED FOR "la comida."= THE FOOD.


    Sorry, I only wanted to saying that have two forms: did ask for or asked for.


    Ah, I see. "She did ask for the food" accentuates "Did." For example:

    "You don't have food because she didn't ask for it." "But she DID ask for the food"

    However, in most every day conversation, "She asked for the food" is how you would say it. I assume that in spanish there is also a way to accentuate the situation above, so "Ella pidió la comida" would not be proper in that situation.

    So, although arguably, TECHNICALLY correct, I don't think it should be counted as correct.


    Does anyone have a way to keep from mixing up "to ask for (pedir)" and "to lose"?


    this is making me anger I have tested it out 6 times


    there was one question which used preguntar to ask for a friend. This seems inconsistent with the discussion below


    can you explained why asked has two different words in spannish usted pregunto sobre el pato.....asked about the duck and here ella pidio la comida - she asked about the food

    thanks to clarify if possible why the verb to ask is different in each sentence


    No, "ella pidió la comida" is not "she asked about the food." It means, "she asked for the food." Those are very different meanings.


    The male does not enunciate his consonants very well. I can hear the vowels, but frequently mishear (or don't hear at all) the consonants. And it isn't because of an accent, since I've worked with Spanish speakers from multiple countries for several years now.


    looks like "She asked the food" to me..


    Pedir=ask for=request


    Pidió is to ask for some “thing”, and preguntó is to go ask a question of someone

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