"My car is not as new as my friend's."
Translation:Mi coche no es tan nuevo como el de mi amigo.
"el" is used because the gender of the noun is known. It is "el coche". "lo" would be used if you were unsure of the noun.
Try to read the sentence as 'Mi coche no es tan nuevo como el COCHE de mi amigo' now you can understant why is 'el' but as this noun is repeated and can be obtain from the context is omited.
Do you think the sentence as you wrote it: 'Mi coche no es tan nuevo como el COCHE de mi amigo' is wrong? Or in other words - is it a mistake to repeat the noun when it is not necessary?
it's not redundant if it adds clarity, it's just not what we were translating. Were the sentense "...as my friend's car" it would be correct.
It is correct for: "My CAR is not as new as my friend's CAR". Mi COCHE no es tan nuevo como el COCHE de mi amigo.
This I think.
...As (adjective) as...
...Tan (adjective) como...
There's several other translations of as, depending on context. It could always be translated as "...so (adjective) like..." ---My car is not so new like my friend's. --- More awkward in English, but may be less confusing than the repeating as.
great site reference. extremely helpful and answered many of my earlier questions
Read - My car is not as new as that of my friend. Mi coche no es tan nuevo como el de mi amigo
I think, I'm not sure, but I think that would be "el mío ....", you would leave out the "coche" for the same reason you do later in the sentence. My car is, where my (mi) is an adjective vs mine is, where mine (mío) is a pronoun.
Damn, them Spaniards think "car" is masculine ? Tout les gens civilisés savent qu'une voiture, c'est féminin, tsk
Portuguese-speakers also think car is masculine. French are definitely weird... :)
I got this wrong. just for grins, I let google translate look at my answer and duo's. "Mi coche no es tan nuevo tan mi amigos." was translated perfectly. I guess google translate is a dumb as I am when it comes to espanol translations. I do understand what I did wrong now, so I don't need any coaching. Just thought it was interesting. The intricate nuances of the language are too complex for google.