"Our horses drink water."
Translation:Nuestros caballos beben agua.
I was wondering this too because on the previous question, I put "nuestro gato" and it said "nuestra gata" would also be correct. So on this question, I tried "nuestras caballas" and it said only "nuestros caballos". Why does it work for the cat but not the horses? Or is it the singular, but not the plural?
You will find a lot of comments made about this topic in various discussion threads throughout this course, but for the sake of brevity I'll just refer you to one:
That discussion thread has 98 comments (as of this writing), but you should find information that addresses your question in the top fourth of the thread.
KatyStopps1. In Spanish possessive adjectives (nuestro, nuestros = our) agree with the nouns they modify, that is, they agree in number (sing. / plur.) and gender (masc. / fem.) with the thing possessed (caballos= horses), not the possessor (we). Remember that in Spanish most of the nouns are masculine or feminine, there are no neutral nouns. Have a look to these examples: our car = nuestro coche, our cars = nuestros coches, our house = nuestra casa, our houses = nuestras casas. Be careful with the possessive adjectives "su" and "sus" because they can be referred to different possessors: "su casa" can means "your house (formal), his house, her house, its house, their house. The context gives us the key. http://studyspanish.com/grammar/lessons/possadj
KatyStopps1. Spanish verbs have a different form for 1st, 2nd and 3rd person singular and plural in every tense. The simple present of "beber" (= drink) is: yo bebo (= I drink), tú bebes, (= you drink - singular), él bebe (= he drinks), nosotros bebemos (= we drink), vosotros bebéis (=you drink - plural), ellos beben (=they drink). "Los caballos" (=horses) are 3rd person plural, so "ellos" (=they).
Grammar gender in Spanish is a bit hard to learn. Only with practice and attention to the different sentences you will manage with it. The first thing we have to know is that Spanish nouns are masculine or feminine. There are no neutral nouns in Spanish. Maybe secondly, we have to know that Spanish nouns agree with the adjectives and articles in number (singular / plural) and gender (masculine / feminine), and this is a very important difference with the English grammar: "good boy" = "niño bueno", "good girl" ="niña buena", "good boys"= "niños buenos", "good girls" = "niñas buenas". Even though when we reffer to things, it gets much more difficult, since we have to know the gender of the noun, I mean "techo alto" (masc.) = "high ceiling", or "casa bonita" (fem.) = "nice house". I will give you more advice if you ask me. Therefore, good grammars, diccionaries and practice can help