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"Are we men?"

Translation:¿Somos hombres?

January 13, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lrtward

In Spanish, questions begin and end with a question mark (¿?) and exclamations begin and end with an exclamation mark (¡!) My high school Spanish teacher said she much preferred it this way, because when reading a long sentence you know at the outset that the person is making an inquiry or excited about something.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HappyPaul

That's quite a good idea and is the only thing that could be tweaked in English. I hate reading a long sentence in one register to only find out at the very end it needs to change!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Karl-Gorman

That explains why the Spanish have so much gusto in their expressions. I was in Madrid for two months, and when the people would have a simple conversation it almost sounded like they were arguing.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/arrozconpollo

I actually made a mistake, but the computer says it's ok. I wrote: Somos hombres? But you should actually also use an upside down question mark: ¿Somos hombres?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jlinguo

you actually dont have to include the right side up question mark (?) either... just write the sentence... it works with human lazyness :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Glenn_Cunha

You may use the "¿" after the sentence you are asking and the "?" before.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LilBigJosh

Does the upside down question mark indicate that it is a question and not a statement? i.e somos hombres = we are men. And ¿somos hombres? = are we men?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lrtward

Yes, precisely.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/qu4rtz

whats with the upside down question mark and when do I need to use it?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/michaelfdk

Every question starts with a "¿" in spanish.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sirius_Dawn

It says "¿Somos hombres?" is correct as well as "¿Somos nosotros hombres?". Is this correct? Does any of these more preferred than the other? In second one the order of the words is similar to english.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zsu911

You can use both of them, but people use the first version much more often. The second version is preferred in grammar books. /It's the same like "férfiak vagyunk?" and "mi férfiak vagyunk?" in hungarian :) /


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sirius_Dawn

Oh I see now... thanks! ("Köszönöm" in hungarian)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Isotope

so what's the difference between " Somos hombres?" and "estamos hombres?"

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