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"Tengo un espejo plano."

Translation:I have a flat mirror.

5 years ago

328 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/vwlj
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Convex mirrors seem to be popular among interior decorators. Then there are the concave ones found at fairs and so on that distort body images to the delight(?) of viewers. A flat mirror is the one most of us know/have.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vicki.kura

And here I was thinking a cocaine user came up with this sentence. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MikeBradle4

I love the husky in your profile pic. I used to have a sweet one.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vicki.kura

Thank you . He was my third. I absolutely love their energy and beauty.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AndyBoi17

thats cute

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Indwen
Indwen
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Aww

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DutchVander

Heh

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Myrrha01
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Chatting up even on Duo Lingo using huskies as a pretext? Nice.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Reyna183780

THATS YOU????!!!!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vicki.kura

Yes. I'm a photographer and have photographer friends. We like to get together and practice. It was my turn to model that day. You can't see the background in this one. I was in a bellydance costume and roman sandals in the middle of winter. I had to keep switching between what I was wearing and throwing on the winter coats and boots to warm up.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HeruMornie
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It is just not right! I am a photographer, too, but I am fat, old and ugly :D Have nice lights, Vicki!

(That's a Hungarian greeting among photogs) ;)

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rex_X

Absolutely a coke reference.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Marie282520

NOt the best since it is for school children too.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jan.T

A flat mirror or one that is plain not plane , one without adornment I think should be correct !

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eloise23
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June 4 2015 - Plano = flat, a plane

Sencillo = plain, without decoration.

In this sentence, we're talking about a flat mirror, not a plain one.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Alicia20two

thank you for that. I was so confused! it never occurred to me that it was plane = flat

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ElainePittard0

Great explanation. Thank you so much :-) :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/msemmawho

Gave you a lingot for the 1006 day streak! dang

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eloise23
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Thank you! It's a game I play with myself that seems to do the trick for keeping myself on track. The continual practice has been paying off very well indeed!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Redblob48

OMG!!!

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HelenAlford

I don't believe in English you could say 'a plane mirror' as in a flat mirror. In English 'plane' does mean 'flat' but it wouldn't be used as a describing word. 'A plane', means a large flat landscape, or to 'plane off a piece of wood' (make it flat). You wouldn't use it as an adjective. You can either say 'a flat mirror' or 'a plain mirror' - but 'plain' means unadorned.

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Trevor627485

So why is "plane" an accepted answer if "plain" is what is obviously meant here?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wardc10

I think the key is to see that plane means flat. Imagine an airplane that you fly in. The wings are flat, hence the name "plane". Plain would mean simple, without decoration, or uninteresting.

The mirror is flat , or "plano", because the mirror lies on one two-dimensional plane. It is the type of mirror, as opposed to a convex or concave mirror.

As noted by Eloise23, "sencillo" would be used to describe something that is plain or uninteresting.

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DarrylBroo

But in english, plane is not an adjective. No one says, "A plane mirror"

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HelenAlford

Exactly

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KittyKattyCutie5

Oh yeah in science class we used "plane" mirrors and maybe cause they are flat like a coordinate plane and not a curved mirror.

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/darrylcole

me too- I typed plain, which is the correct English spelling. I have never heard of a plane mirror.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AndyBoi17

me too

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Guilder03

Exactly

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Selene32

Then why did it tell me that "a plain mirror" is wrong and the right answer is "a plane mirror"? This doesn't make sense!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rogercchristie
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Eloise23 answered this two years ago!

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KittyKattyCutie5

Oh yeah in science class we used "plane" mirrors and maybe cause they are flat like a coordinate plane and not a curved mirror.

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EmilyT101

I agree!

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nprsut

I agree. Nobody in America would describe a flat mirror as plane. They would call it flat.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rogercchristie
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Don't you have scientists and engineers in America then?

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TravisHawe1

Absolutely

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hel-sy

Agreed this is not correct

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/anomalousjack

El problema es que los espejos curvados puede hacerte aparecer gordo!

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jindr004
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The "plane" in the translation is not airplane, but flat/smooth. Like a planed board.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nextchapter94

Thank you for the clarification

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AndyBoi17

thank you that makes sense

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MESUR_Pathfinder

You have a LOT of days in a row of lessons. Good for you.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jeff410357

Gracias

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HeruMornie
HeruMornie
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Are you sure? Isn't this one of Luis's tricks again?

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TK89
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"I have a model plane" is incorrect then, ja.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/s-partridge
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Avión is Spanish for airplane. Plano refers to a flat plane, or surface. Outside of Duolingo (someone please correct me if I'm wrong) I can't find any references to espejo translating to any definition of "model."

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/anahart

I gave almost the same answer...I have a plane model

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ingochris
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Jaja - I fell for this one!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JodiBeth

as opposed to the curvacious mirrors that most people have...

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KittyKattyCutie5

Oh yeah in science class we used "plane" mirrors and maybe cause they are flat like a coordinate plane and not a curved mirror.

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Celesar

Yes. Yes, for shaving, men use mirrors that are not flat.

Your smart comment was shot down.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lunarefiore

Shut up Scythethemike

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kafi

Got this wrong. I said, "I have a model plane." lol

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamesBlask
JamesBlask
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Not as wrong as me, I said I have a plain husband lol!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/7895123G
7895123G
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I said "I have a plain sponge".

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vicki.kura

That is so funny that I am giving you a lingo.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GnagerPrinsen

Hehe, me too :-)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JordiFaxon
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Yeah, I said I have a plain wife

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bowlerae

My first thought also lol

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MaryCamach801968

I said the same thing! I always get esposa and espejo mixed up!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageLauranna

SAME! I know that "Plane" is like a flat surface, but a piece of paper is technically a model plane, no? XD

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChrisWhatever

In what way is a piece of paper a model plane?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vwearmouth

I think I was the "wrongest!" ... I said I have a special plan.... Yo tengo espejo plano ... was having a brain dead moment...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/daltonfp

I wrote "plain" meaning simple, unadorned. Well, I was wrong.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KittyKattyCutie5

Oh yeah in science class we used "plane" mirrors and maybe cause they are flat like a coordinate plane and not a curved mirror. I put plain first!

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/skylockwood

me too

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LyndaGreene

That's what I wrote, also. LOL

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sunny.singh33

me too

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/John_Payne

me too

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/penningtonc

I read it as "I have a mirrored flat" at first. Kinky, I thought.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Adam-Jones

What an odd thing to translate !?!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JoshTay

This goes along with the sentence from a previous lesson, "Es por mi uso personal". Now we just have to learn straw and razor blade.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/klawjer

I thought we also learned rasuradora in a previous lesson. I'm pretty sure we're 90% fluent in coccaine now.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mjahdah

LOL) 1 lingot

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/patriot76

yes, i said plain also. I understand the concepts of concave and convex but it wouldn't occur to me to announce that I have a flat mirror.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tomil1

This is a stupid sentence.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/its8ball

It seems this was not a plain and simple answer!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/midnight27

As opposed to my cousin's bumpy mirror

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sonikaj1

It seems as if the problem here is coming from the fact that many of you didn't know that PLANE also means FLAT. I can't see the reason for the confusion, really... Plane (although we don't use it much, except maybe in literary writing) also means flat, plain as that

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/terry.nycum

More precisely, a plane is a flat region of space, a flat thing. It's not an adjective like flat.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KittyKattyCutie5

Oh yeah in science class we used "plane" mirrors and maybe cause they are flat like a coordinate plane and not a curved mirror.

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/olddreamer

Maybe, if you use plane as a verb. Like ' I will plane this plank for my project' Have never seen or heard of plane used as a substitute for flat.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/terry.nycum

It's not, but only because it's a noun. Planar (the adjective form) means flat, but you really only see it used in science and math.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KittyKattyCutie5

Oh yeah in science class we used "plane" mirrors and maybe cause they are flat like a coordinate plane and not a curved mirror.

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jontona

? What does it mean to have a "plane" mirror. The word "plane" doesn't make sense

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dtrang515

Plano means plane or "flat" as in smooth and not curvy.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Alina92R

A "plane" mirror ? I put plain mirror?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Muriel74388
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Right, what a silly sentence. Aren't most mirrors flat anyway. Just saying!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HeruMornie
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If you own a car, you have some mirrors on it that are not plane. ;)

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gourmetkat
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Actually I was just learning how to use duolingo when I wrote my comment. I looked at the correct answer and compared it to what I wrote 3 times and it looked exactly the same! I didn't realize there's another box to click for that. So it doesn't matter what you pick, they'll all be considered wrong. Hope they've fixed it since.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/niteshhemnani

Well, after a bit of research i found out that plane and plain both refer to flat area, but the difference which appears among them is that plane is a geometrical term where it is used to describe a two dimensional area for example " a flat table", and on the other side "Plain" is a geographical term for example " a plain valley" or "a plain land". Both words mean the same, unless it depends where its being used.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eloise23
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Plain - as in flat areas like prairies = pradera. However, I do notice that the high plains of the Andes are called Alte Plano. Shrugs. Just shows that language just isn't simple. :-)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/niteshhemnani

no language is simple....

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nokkenbuer

Although you have their origins established, "plain" is an adjective to describe something as ordinary, unremarkable, or unadorned with any ornaments. This may come from the fact that plains (which are also planes) are usually plain because they lack any remarkable geographic features aside from their plainness. But this is just a guess, so i recommend not relying on that as anything other than a mnemonic device.

"Plain" has a very different meaning from "plane" in most contexts, though they share numerous peculiar similarities and share a common root. You're technically correct, but I just wanted to clarify on their modern usage.

Etymologies: plane v. plain

Definitions: plane v. plain

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LuarenaA

what is a flat mirror?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jkynion

Ones that is not convex (like a rearview mirror in a car) or concave (like your headlights on your car). :)

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/greatlanguages
greatlanguages
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Per the drop down, espejo can also mean model. I have a flat model made more sense to me. The model was not 3-D. From my perspective all the mirrors I have are flat so that the correct answer made no sense to me as to why you would ever say it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/khonkhortisan
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If you happen to like panoramas, one way to make them is with multiple camera shots stitched together, and another way is with optics: http://www.neovision.cz/prods/panoramic/h3s.html This particular setup uses a non-flat mirror.

"I have a planar mirror"

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pcolagirl21

i mispelled plane: plain

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MikeBlamires
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"I have a plane mirror" is pretty obscure English. I have a plain mirror might make more sense. Maybe this is confusion between American - Websters English and UK English?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KittyKattyCutie5

Oh yeah in science class we used "plane" mirrors and maybe cause they are flat like a coordinate plane and not a curved mirror.

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KittyKattyCutie5

Thats not what it means to describe!

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChrisWhatever

I don't think so - I'm from the UK and this is a very strange sentence.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hanboning
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espejo < speclum (Vulgar Latin) < speculum (Latin)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/terry.nycum

Plano (as noun) = plane (1. the geometry term for a flat region of space, or 2. a tool for flattening a surface—not the shortened form of airplane). Plano (as adjective) = planar (the adjective form of plane #1; pronounced exactly like "plainer") or its more popular Germanic synonym: flat.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EricaNZ

Woops read that as a mirror piano..major fail!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eloise23
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It looks like that to me, too! :-D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/yahoo3579

If anyone's having trouble remembering 'plano,' remember a geometric plane, which is flat.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/azriel55

There could have been a better sentence than this.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrismVelocity

I agree. "planar" (which only ever means flat) is a less confusing adjective than "plane" (dictionary.com lists over 5 distinct definitions as a noun and adjective).

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kay29118

This is a very bad example. Yes, plane means flat, but no one – no one! – in English speaking countries would use plane to describe a mirror. Not unless they were using very technical terminology. In every-day conversation you would either say a plain (as in unadorned) mirror, or a flat mirror (as in not concave or convex or curved in any way). The fact this thread has so many comments should alert Duolingo to how poor an example this is. In my opinion they should change it, if only to stop so much grief :)

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrismVelocity

I agree. At the very least, they could replace "plane" with "planar". While "plane" can evidently come in multiple figures of speech, and has several definitions, "planar" is exclusively an adjective and a synonym of "flat". Plus, they would be learning bonus English vocabulary in addition to the Spanish.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rogercchristie
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Please share with us the reference that says that Duolingo will only use everyday conversational vocabulary. I must have missed that bit.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dries178996

no problems with the word flat here, it never even crossed my mind, but duo corrected my typo to :" I've a flat mirror" but that sounds like very bad english to me, shouldn't it be "i have a flat mirror" or "i've got a flat mirror"? native english speakers?

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/noderoom

This does not make sense. I can't remember ever hearing someone use the phrase "plane mirror" in English. "Plain mirror" was my answer, and it rejected it. Plain would make sense because many mirrors are very ornate and decorative, whereas some are simply a square reflective surface.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/THeNeeno

Plane is synonymous with flat. Plain is not.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wil-2

Plain would not work because they were asking for flat, not basic

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jondbaker08

house of mirrors i guess

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/delesandro

Is it a PLAIN mirror not a PLANE mirror? PLANE is in british either a shortened version of aeroplane or a plane which is used to smooth wood?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nokkenbuer

Plane as in flat.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vicki.kura

Plain

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chattylux

Plane???

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mamakirchberg

It is spanish word usage not english, so i got plain wrong and now i know its plane( flat)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheDrWho

no es concave

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lydz25

Oops, I said I have a flat sponge!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KittyKattyCutie5

EsponjaBob SquarePantalones?

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Taca19

If they mean plane as flat, it is still wrong form a standard English understanding point of view. Maybe, "The mirror is on a plane." Or something like that works.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aliashera

This is confusing because noone says i have a flat mirror. It is more likely for there to be a plain or undecorated mirror.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jess420899

I had the wrong answer, but it gave me " I have a plane mirror" as the correct ranslation. Confusing. Had to look up "Plano" definition online to understand it means "flat."

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nancy_Renee

The answer given for the translation was: "I have a plane mirror." Having not encountered the word "plano" before, I thought perhaps it was "plain." Now it appears that it should mean "I have a flat mirror." I think that's a poor sentence to show the meaning of "plano."

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MaryS561434

Aha! The translation given was I have a plane mirror which I'd never heard of. A flat mirror makes more sense.

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SpyderMeister23

I accidentially put "I have a FAT mirror" Instead of "I have a FLAT mirror" thank goodness it counted it as a typo! Still got it right! XD

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ALRIGHTOKAYOKAY

Well where can I buy a spherical mirror?

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rogercchristie
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Someone might sell you a nice shiny ball-bearing.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Falconblade

So then if it isn't model plane than what is model plane supposed to be? Since it seems to be the same words.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kaitlynyat1

I love the slow down speech button , its hard to understand when spoken fast

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ViticellaV
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Yes, but from what I've heard people in Mexico rap talk a lot.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KirstenKoss1

this is such a stupid question! WHY confuse people? Just give a language note to say this is a false friend in this context... dear god...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrismVelocity

but it's a real friend after all. Think back to your high school Geometry class. A plane is a flat 2-D surface in a 3-D space.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jeff410357

i work on building planes (airplanes). maybe this is a mirror used on a 747 planes

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Varenikje

As my mother used to say, "You are not helping."

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aviebaby

PLAIN vs PLANE - a PLANE mirror vs. a Flat mirror - this is a SILLY sentence!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/21052005mango

I wrote I have a mirror flat lol

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/21052005mango

Now I typed I have a flat

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/agodfrey1

Why would "I have a mirror that is flat." Not be an acceptable translation?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eloise23
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October 14, 2015 - The Spanish sentence is only using an adjective, not a subordinate clause. With the clause, it would be something like "Tengo un espejo que es plano". You are right, the meaning is identical otherwise.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marje16

Another answer I have a "plane" mirror, correct English spelling should be "plain" I was marked wrong

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrismVelocity

The correct translation is "planar", not "plain".

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aaamaya01

It doesn't recognize the words help please

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/raveyrai
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I was about to put "i have a plain husband" but then i tapped the hint and was confused because then i thought, "a flat...husband? What?" But yeah. It's flat mirror

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PuppyChow3

Of course you have a flat mirror, the only other types of mirror are at the carnival! Duh

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JanetMermaid

The word meanings for espejo were mirror and model. The meanings for plano were flat, level, and plane. So why isn't "I have a model plane" correct? Seeing this sentence, or hearing someone say it, how would I know they were talking about a flat mirror and not a model plane, or level mirror, or model flat?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrismVelocity

Wrong use of "plane"; here it means a flat 2-D surface as found in a 3-D universe, not a flying, winged vehicle. However, the true translation should be the adjective "planar", which means in the shape of a plane, i.e. flat. Why Duolingo doesn't suggest "planar" is beyond me.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrismVelocity

I have just learned that "plane" can be an adjective that means the same as "planar". I would still recommend "planar" though.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/angelahoyl

lo siento. I was incorrect.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annie288655

my response " I have a plain mirror " was incorrect by duolingo. dl says " plane " not plain which means " ordinary , easily recognized ,etc.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrismVelocity

"plane" here means a 2-D surface in a 3-D universe. Duolingo should really suggest the adjective "planar" which means in the shape of a plane, i.e. flat.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nounu90

Thanks for the clarification

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JosephMcInally

My interpretation was 'a plain mirror', as in ordinary, simple. It said that I was wrong and had used the wrong word. The correct version should be 'a plane mirror'. I don't understand this. It's got me baffled. The word plane to me refers to something that flies and transports people and things. Even the songs referring to flat lands they sing about 'home, home on the plains', not planes.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrismVelocity

"plane" also means a flat 2-D area as can appear in a 3-D space. high school Geometry. If you ask me, Duolingo should really be suggesting "planar" instead, to limit confusion.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KittyKattyCutie5

why is it not plain mirror or flat it told me the word was "I have a plane mirror". What is that?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ViticellaV
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Hmm…Could be a mirror in a plane? Although it certainly could mean flat.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KittyKattyCutie5

maybe there is a "plane mirror" who knows? Google probably! lol

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Erin_Tyler

I typed in "I have a flat mirror" and it still said it was wrong but listed "I have a flat mirror" as the correct answer!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/andyontour

who needs a sentence like this?

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RickKauffm1

Why is "I have a plain mirror wrong"? You gave "I have a plane mirror" as a correction to what I wrote. Why?

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dries178996

because, it should be i have a flat mirror, plane, however awkward it sounds can be translated to flat, and plain has nothing to do with it

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Flowergirl111

whats a plane mirror?

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrismVelocity

The word "plane" here means a flat 2-D surface in a 3-D universe, which i'm pretty sure most mirrors are. Used as an adjective, its another way of saying flat (though if you ask me, "planar" is a better, less confusing adjective).

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Breanna.flatt

does it mean to say plain?

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrismVelocity

NO! "PLANE" as in "FLAT"! "PLANE" means "FLAT"!!! HIGH SCHOOL GEOMETRY!!! You are the FIFTH person this month (yest I've been counting) that I had to tell this to! Does no one ever read these discussons?!? I mean sure, this one is already hecka long, almost 300 comments long so it might seem intimidating, but honestly it DOES NOT TAKE THAT LONG TO FIND YOUR ANSWER HERE! In fact, Eloise's answer (she's very smart) is only 11 comments down from the top; and KittyKattyCutie5's and jindr004's answers are each less than 35 comments down. You will find your answer twenty times and then some IF YOU JUST LOOKED!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Blas_de_Lezo00
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mirror or looking glass

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kiersten_Waters

The solution is "I have a plane mirror," so does the mirror have airplanes on it or something? I said "I have a plain mirror" and it counted me wrong...

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrismVelocity

Did you read the rest of the discussion? The answer you're looking for is already here 20 times over.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PattyGaffney

that is something I have never heard a mirror called

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Robert116627

Just accept the language differences and stop comparing with english and you'll learn faster and better.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AmyLiu412428

Me Too

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jontona

? What does it mean to have a "plane" mirror. The word "plane" doesn't make sense

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vicki.kura

Flat. It means a flat mirror. Geometry.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KittyKattyCutie5

And science oh yeah in science class we used "plane" mirrors and maybe cause they are flat like a coordinate plane and not a curved mirror.

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HeruMornie
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This translation is a real plain ... er... plane... er, pain in the a... okay, back. :) OMG. :D

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rogercchristie
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Learn a new word ... move on. Isn't that what you're here for?

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/artsy4

A "plane" is flown, as in an airplane.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Varenikje

Plane also means, "a flat or level surface."

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Estherleeming

Surely this is the wrong word. Plane is an aeroplane. Plain is something quite odrinary eg a plain dress or a plain mirror.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrismVelocity

"Plane" also means a flat 2-D surface; think back to your high-school Geometry. The correct translation is the adjective "planar", not "plain".

Edit: I have just learned that "plane" can be an adjective too, a synonym of "planar". I still would rather Duolingo suggest "planar" though to avoid confusion with the flying vehicle.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/petermitchell77

Muy bien, rack 'em up then amigo

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sanks1

I have a plane mirror, from an aeroplane or is it plain?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PatriciaHerrick

plane is non appropriate here if it means not decorated the word should be "plain"

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrismVelocity

"plane" here means a flat 2-D area as can appear in a 3-D space. high school Geometry. If you ask me, Duolingo should really be suggesting "planar" (meaning flat) instead, to limit confusion.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarkHender5

It should be a "plain" mirror, not a "plane" mirror. You may say you have a "flat" mirror if you mean it is flat, but I am 63 and American and I have never heard or would ever say it is a "plane" mirror for meaning it it flat. I might say "plain" for meaning it is a simple design, however.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrismVelocity

"plane" here means a flat 2-D area as can appear in a 3-D space. high school Geometry. If you ask me, Duolingo should really be suggesting "planar" instead, to limit confusion.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ann1234201

I used the wrong word, but so did the correction. It gave the translation as "what is a plane mirror?"

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TUNABOWLER

I thought a plane was something one flies in shouldn't it be plain

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrismVelocity

a plane is also a flat 2-D surface in a 3-D space. Geometry.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/john-keith
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The audio says clearly 'un espejo plana'. Not correct according to the text. Tricksy and unfairly confusing.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PatriciaHerrick

In English the correct word is plain-meaning undecorated. plane means a flat surface or an airplane.

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrismVelocity

Curvacious mirrors exist too. You can find them at the carnival. Or if you find one at home, it probably needs to be replaced, as those should be flat.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mattoleriver
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You can find one hanging on the passenger side of every car, too. Hence : "Objects in the mirror may appear..."

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scott251950

thought they meant "plano" as in plain not fancy mirror

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SusanTucker1

One doesn't spell something that is without embellishment, plane. A plane is something that flies or a leveling instrument. You don't mean a mirror in an airplane? You mean a plain mirror.

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrismVelocity

a plane can also be something that is itself level. In Geometry, a plane is described as ANY flat 2-D surface in a 3-D space. Though if you ask me, Duolingo should really be suggesting the adjective "planar" instead.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/biliaftc
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"Plain" was marked wrong, and it showed "plane" as the correct word. Unless I stole a mirror from a 747, "plain" is the proper spelling.

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rogercchristie
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"plane" means "flat surface".

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/stsmith50

Necesitas un espejo plano por su cocaina

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GeniCertain

What is a plane mirror?

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrismVelocity

"plane" here means a flat 2-D area as can appear in a 3-D space. high school Geometry. So when used as an adjective, a flat mirror.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jane995471

As opposed to the kinds of mirrors that they have at carnivals? Yet another sentence I have never uttered. :-)

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CandySpani1

plain is mispelled here. Plane is incorrect.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rogercchristie
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This is by far the most common comment here. You will find it answered twenty times over if you read the other comments! Or just check the dictionary.

Tengo un espejo plano - "I have a plane mirror"

"I have a plain mirror" is Tengo un espejo simple.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bedazzledkumquat

I wrote "I have a plain mirror" and it was marked incorrect, with the correct translation being "I have a plane mirror". What?

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rogercchristie
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Please read the other comments.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrismVelocity

Think back to your high school Geometry class. "plane" can mean a flat 2-D surface in a 3-D universe, and your typical mirror is flat.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DulcieJaip

I have a plain mirror. Plain is our British English, Plane is like airplane.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrismVelocity

We Americans also spell the word meaning "regular" as "plain". "Plane" has TWO meanings. The first is just as you said, short for "airplane" or "aeroplane"; the second is a geometry term, "a flat two-dimensional surface in a three-dimentional space" used as an adjective it means "flat". I'm pretty sure this is true of both dialects because it comes from the Latin word "plānus" which also meant "flat".

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gBKKVLe7

In this lesson, this sentence is also translated into "I have a plane mirror". The word "plane" refers to an airplane. The correct spelling in this situation should be "plain". However, when I typed it in this way, it says this is incorrect. The answer to this question needs to be adjusted to include the correct word, "plain", not "plane".

I reported this a couple months ago when I first encountered this error and it is still wrong. Please make the above correction. Thank you.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrismVelocity

"Plane" has two meanings. One is short for "aeroplane" just as you said. The other is a term you should be familiar with from high school Geometry: "a flat 2-D surface in a 3-D space"; when made an adjective, it means "flat" which i'm pretty sure most mirrors are.

The sentence above was looking for the word "flat", or a synonym thereof such as "plane".

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Angela252361

Really? A flat mirror? This is misleading and using the adjective PLAIN makes more sense.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rogercchristie
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There are 300 comments here. Many of them have already answered your post.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrismVelocity

The adjective you're looking for is either "plane" or "planar", both of which mean flat. I personally prefer "planar", so as not to confuse with "plane"'s second, more commonly known definition, which would be "avión" in Spanish.

The Spanish word "plano" does not translate to "plain", that would be "sencillo".

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lhmckown

It told me 'I have a plane mirror." What is a plane mirror.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrismVelocity

Read the other comments before you post next time. Your question has already been answered 20 times here.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DustinKing15

Mi culo es plano :(

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JohnRobert60

Plain is correct in English .Plane is not !.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrismVelocity

Wrong definition of plane. Read the rest of the discussion please.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nicepantsbabe

I said, "I have a plane mirror," and I wasn't wrong. Also, nice pants

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DombieSpens

As many people in the comments for this sentence state, the term 'I have a plane mirror' does not make sense... the term 'I have a flat mirror' barely makes sense as aren't most household mirrors flat?! This question/answer does not make sense.

I answered a PLAIN MIRROR as some mirrors are highly decorated and some are just reflective glass, that makes more sense. (just)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nokkenbuer

"Plano" means "flat". The English equivalent is plane (noun for a flat surface or thing) or planar (a technical adjective for that which is flat like a plane).

The problem is that people fail to understand the etymology and multiple definitions of "plane" and fail to understand that the homophones "plane" and "plain" are two disparate terms.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gusg81

Plane is not right, it should be plain! Unless the mirror is shaped like, or decorated like a plane of course.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Varenikje

Plane also means, "a flat or level surface."

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gusg81

You're right. Don't drink and duolingo children!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ZipTagFit

Most mirrors a are flat.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fox7rox7

the answer "plain mirror" should be acceptable. I got an error. Also one way to "stop the clutter" might be to correct the mistakes in a timely fashion so we don't have to re-write them again and again...don't you think? :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Julia302703

Plane mirror - I dont think so!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Donna119022

M

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vilrose

isn´t it supposed to be ´plain´not ´plane´?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrismVelocity

It's actually suppposed to be "planar", which meanes having to do with a plane. "plane" here means a flat 2-D surface in a 3-D universe.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/white7411

plane mirror is odd. Should be plain mirror.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/llbraughler

It means flat. plano = flat, plane. Plain means something entirely different from plane.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aditya2303

Wow

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rebecca923742

They have a what-now?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JohnFB0

I wrote "plain mirror" duolingo corrected it as "plane mirror"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zeleana

plain?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FireFunGam

its plain not plane thank you very much

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrismVelocity

It actually is "plane" as in a 2-D surface in a 3-D space; think back to your high school Geometry class. With that said, Duo should really be suggesting "planar" (meaning flat like a plane) instead.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LeoLowell18

wrong kind of plain

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JohnRobert60

Plane ???, like in aeroplane ? A plain mirror please allow plain English.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrismVelocity

"plane" also means a flat 2-D area as can appear in a 3-D space. High school Geometry. If you ask me, Duolingo should really be suggesting "planar" instead, to limit confusion.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chucho842743

I answered plain mirror and duolingo insists the correct answer is "plane" mirror..this is ridiculous

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PacoStewart1

I believe that the word "plain" should be accepted, because it means just an ordinary mirror. "Plane" just doesn't make sense in this context. "Plane" is short for airplane.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LaurenGron3

It should be a "plain" mirror not a "plane" mirror. This needs to be corrected!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrismVelocity

No, you're wrong. Read the other comments!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bev345531

I translated as a "plain" mirror, as in unadorned. DuoLingo repeatedly corrects me stating that the correct translation is "plane mirror". There is no such thing!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrismVelocity

No, there IS a such thing. READ THE OTHER COMMENTS PLEASE!!!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/a.tisdale

I have a plain mirror. It's saying it should be spelled "PLANE", which is incorrect. I'm not talking about an aircraft!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrismVelocity

NO! Wrong definition of "plane"!!! READ THE OTHER COMMENTS for f**k's sake!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hutchyme

i said i have a model plane...who one this planet ever says they have a flat mirror?...i do wish the hover tips were actually accurate!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Varenikje

I said "I have a model flat." Does that count? I did NOT understand this sentence and what they were trying to say.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/esp123

You used the wrong spelling of the word plain. Plane is for airplane. Plain is when used for something simple or not pretty. I got it wrong but I used the correct spelling

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nokkenbuer

"Plano" means "plane" as in flat. It does not mean "plain".

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/butterfly39

It would have been cooler to say I have a flat screen

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/redbec

I thought 'special plan' 'til i looked at the clue. I wrote model plane and got i wrong.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/feyMorgaina
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Hover-over tips say that "plano" is a noun, but in this case it is an adjective. They also say that "espejo" is a "model", which can be an adjective. I don't see how their tips are helpful.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AndyJacobs1

Plain is spelt like that not plane. That is an aeroplane.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/planegilmour

I have a model plane. What's wrong with that sentence?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/terry.nycum

It would require the adjective to have been before the noun in the Spanish, which isn't grammatical with the exception of a few adjectives (examples: buen(o), mal(o)). You can assume it was a correctly formed Spanish sentence, so plano had to be the adjective, not the noun.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gourmetkat
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I seem to have the correct answer?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ameenah_Elam

Really? I thought it was angled.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/trishcakora

I thought, "I have a model plane" made more sense.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FatihBaris

tengo una espejo plano. ----> i have a escape plan;) funny right?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/charcd

A plane mirror? From a plane?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/s-partridge
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A flat mirror. That translation of plano refers to a geometric plane.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/captin_trey

wow that is so impressive to have I flat mirror. o my got everyone has one. like that is the best that u can come up with duo like for real.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/McGregors2

a confusing sentence - plain also makes sense.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ReyHijosa

It is spelled plain not plane.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JosephMcInally

I know how to spell both plain and plane and I know the meaning of both, my problem was the translation given to me by Duolingo was 'plane' which applies to the thing that flies and therefore didn't make sense.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrismVelocity

Plane also means a flat 2-D surface in 3-D space. High school Geometry bro. Though, Duolingo should really be suggesting "planar" instead of "plane" to limit confusion.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Vicki966016
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plane as given in correct answer vs. plain denotes a conveyance ie airplane. Meaning a simple, mirror PLAIN is correct. Missing in translation

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrismVelocity

No! read the other comments.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/polygaining

this thing said it was "I have a plane mirror"... no duo plane is defo not an adjective lol

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrismVelocity

It is an adjective. It has more than one meaning. READ THE OTHER COMMENTS!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_sophi.e

A flat mirror? No dur!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SylOcchiato

Wrong!!! Plain, not plane?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Varenikje

Plane also means, "a flat or level surface."

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jenstyler

Definitely should be plain, not normal English otherwise

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nokkenbuer

That isn't what "plano" means, so it would be an inaccurate translation.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/niteshhemnani

Why is my answer "i have a plain mirror not accepted " and infact "plane mirror" is wrong

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/yahoo3579

Because 'plano' means flat!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Shaunetae

"plain" not plane!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/toucan52

It is pkain, not plane.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/yovimac

plain not plane i have a spanish speaking relative that confirmed not correct

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Varenikje

The Spanish word "plano" means flat in English. So this phrase, "espejo plano" means flat mirror.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrimaryNumbers

plain not plane

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Varenikje

No, plane (flat) not plain. Plano means flat.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/barbie751

Its plain not plane

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/s-partridge
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No, it is not. It is "plane", as in a flat surface, which is why the translation is, "I have a flat mirror".

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/glittleliz

The answer says that plano means plane. Plane is something that flys in the air. The correct answer should be spelt plain not plane.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/terry.nycum

They're not using the shortened form of airplane/aeroplane, but the geometric term for a flat region of space. (Airplane actually derives from the sense of plane relevant here, in the same way hydroplane does.) Plain in Spanish is not plano, but something completely different.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Varenikje

Yes!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GiladSamuels

Why does plano not translate to plain?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/droma
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GiladSamuels --- Why do you think that "plano" should translate to "plain."

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/daltonfp

To me, it makes more sense than "plane".

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/THeNeeno

Plane means flat. Plano means plane/flat. Flat means flat. Plain is something else entirely.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/olddreamer

Plane does not mean flat, at least not in the Midwest. Probably not in most English speaking places. Which is why this is giving so many of us so much grief.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nokkenbuer

That is demonstrably false and consulting any English dictionary from the past century or two (if not longer) would indicate otherwise.

Many people fail to understand that "plane" and "plain" are two very different terms. Just because this is a woefully common mistake, that doesn't mean it is any more valid.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/terry.nycum

When people are saying it "means flat" they're speaking a bit loosely. It's a noun referring to a flat thing, as in geometry.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Varenikje

Plane also means, "a flat or level surface."

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KatTancock
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Why would it? They surely share a historical source but meanings change.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cjthedj_99

One of the answers was I have a plane mirror. The correct English translation is plain not (plane) like airplane or a surface.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cjackson45

The word "plain" is correct. The wor "plane" means airplane.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/s-partridge
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The word "airplane" derives from "plane". A plane is a flat surface. An airplane has flat surfaces (read: wings) that allow it to fly through the air.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Robwith1
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THIS NEEDS CORRECTION it makes no sense PLANE CANNOT MEAN FLAT

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vicki.kura

Incorrect. Type it in google or msn. It will give you the other meanings of plane. Also, we are learning Spanish. We have not learned what "plain" is in Spanish yet.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/THeNeeno

Flat or level is the exact meaning of plane. Yelling doesn't change that.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/terry.nycum

Not exactly. "Plane" is a noun meaning a flat thing. (The "plane"-related word meaning flat exactly is "planar", the adjective form.) This seems to be the source of a lot of misunderstandings in this discussion.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Robwith1
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PLANE MEANS AIRCRAFT PLAIN MEANS SIMPLE

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/THeNeeno

Plane means flat or level. Why are you yelling?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/olddreamer

I agree 100%!

No one outside of a geometry class ever uses plane except to describe an airplane. Worst answer yet on this great app.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ViticellaV
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Actually, "plane" means "flat" or "smooth" to me, and it's used that way in physics, too.

2 years ago