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"Are we men?"

Translation:¿Somos hombres?

5 years ago

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

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jlinguo

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

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Glenn_Cunha

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

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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?

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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Yes, precisely.

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https://www.duolingo.com/qu4rtz
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whats with the upside down question mark and when do I need to use it?

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https://www.duolingo.com/michaelfdk
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Every question starts with a "¿" in spanish.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

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https://www.duolingo.com/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 :) /

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sirius_Dawn

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

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Isotope

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

5 years ago