https://www.duolingo.com/CattleRustler

anyone questioning the importance of ¿

consider these two sentences:

¿Vas a estar en tu casa mañana?

Vas a estar en tu casa mañana

I was presented the first one to translate, and I typed "You are going to be in your house tomorrow", but then realized its a question "Are you...." The spanish sentence is the same either way, but not in english. I guess thats part of the reason why spanish questions start with the inverted question mark.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

It is nice to know at the beginning if one is encountering a question.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sjrb
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Unlike English there isn't a word at the start like 'do' to indicate a questions at the start. When reading you don't want to have to wait until the end to know.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gitanomama

In spoken English you can use the declarative word order and raise your voice at the end of the sentence to indicate a question. Unless you are writing dialogue, you can't do this in written English.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/porquepuedo
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You also have swapped words and extra dos and doeses, like does he ever eat? or is my name boring? rather than he ever eats? or my name is boring?.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CattleRustler

I like your screen name: "Because I Can". Cool.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/porquepuedo
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Heh, thanks. I'm putting that Spanish to use. Because I can.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CattleRustler

Yeah, when I first started learning, a spanish speaking friend of mine, said to another friend in spanish "I don't know why he is learning spanish", thinking I wouldn't understand him, but I did, so I said "?Por que? !Porque puedo!" lol (I'll leave out the word I added at the end. It starts with P and ends with uta.)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Diggabyte
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So at the end of your sentence did you say peanut buta?

4 years ago
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