"You are girls."
Translation:Ustedes son niñas.
If you are talking to a bunch of girls, then the "you" has to agree in number. That's assuming that tu, or tú is only used in the singular. I wouldn't be surprised if there is a special case lurking around that negates this answer. Now I run off to verify in vocabulary. "tu" is your. "tú is you, singular. Ustedes is used for plural you
Glad to be of help, I hope? May I suggest that you get some reference books to assist? I have a real paper dictionary and some real paper books on verbs and pronouns published by Mcgraw-Hill. But these don't make me an expert. Of course, I guess there are some folks using smart phones with multiple windows open and using jeweler's loupes just cause they can. ;))
How is it that sois suddenly appears? This is supposed to go with vosotros/vosotras which is informal for you used in Spain, yet elsewhere on duolingo you is always used with tu or usted/ustedes as used in Latin America?
Why has (vosotras) sois suddenly appeared from nowhere?
Literally what you have written is "you is a girls" I believe these would be appropriate for plural and singular respectively: Ustedes sois niñas. Usted eres una niña. But I am a student here, and these may have errors. You could also possibly use Tú for you singular in the sentence.
English does not distinguish between the various ways to say you: singular or plural, formal or informal. So we have just the one word, "you," and we need context to tell us if it's singular or plural.
In Spanish, though, there is a difference between the singular, informal
tú, the singular, formal
usted, the plural
ustedes, and (in Europe) the plural informal
Tú eres is singular.when talking about many girls,you have to use the plural form
If you use the 2nd person informal and you're addressing a group of girls, it would be "vosotras."
Also, Duolingo--despite the Spanish flag representing Spanish--does not teach Peninsular Spanish, which is pretty much the only dialect to extensively use "vosotr@s." I do not know if it accepts "sois" now.
No. "Estás" is "you are" if you are talking to only one person informally, and "estar" is not the proper translation of "to be" here.
This website is an excellent resource and gives a good comparison of "ser" and "estar": http://www.studyspanish.com/verbs/lessons/piserestar.htm
"Ellas son chicas" does not mean "you are girls." It means "they are girls."
In Spain, "Ustedes" is a formal way of addressing at least two people, wheres "vosotr@s" is informal.
In South America (which Duolingo focuses on, despite the Spanish flag), "vosotr@s" is not used, and the use of "Ustedes" does not necessarily mean that the people you are addressing are superior to you; it just means that there are at least two people.
There is no context for this sentence, so even in Spain you could say "Uds son chicas" and it would be totally valid.
The only valid options, in short, are "vosotras sois chicas/niñas" and "Ustedes son chicas/niñas."
"son" is used for ellos/ellas/ustedes
"somos" is used for nosotros/nosotras
"Tús" (with an accent on the u) is not a word in Spanish. "Tú" is "you" (informal, singular) and "ustedes" is "you" (plural). Thus "You are girls" can only be "Ustedes son niñas."
Now, if you want to address a single person and say that a couple his/her dogs are big, then you would say "Tus perros son grandes" (and note how there is no accent on the u) to say "Your dogs are big."
"Usted es" is a pronoun and a verb (
es), and means "you (singular, formal) are." "Ustedes" is just a pronoun and means "you (plural, formal)."
See here for the conjugation of "ser": http://www.123teachme.com/spanish_verb_conjugation/ser
No. "Ellas" means "
they (feminine)". "Ustedes" is "
you (plural, polite)". "Usted" is "
you (singular, polite)". Neither "usted" nor "ustedes" change to reflect gender. Now, "vosotros" (you, masculine, plural) will change to "vosotras" (you, feminine, plural) but it's mostly used in Spain.
Two reasons: First, "estás" is the second person singular of "estar" and since "girls" is plural, we need the second person plural ("You all are girls"). Second, "ser" is used for inherent qualities (such as being a girl) whereas "estar" is used for temporary states (like being tired).