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"Our turtles are green."

Translation:Nuestras tortugas son verdes.

January 22, 2013

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instead of 'verdes' wouldnt it be 'verdas' because the sentence is feminine.


Confusingly, not all colors change with gender. "Verde" is one of them. "Azul" also doesn't change with gender.


wow. good question.


I thought "nuestras" referred to who was doing the referring--e.g. either men or women. The error message that showed up indicates that "nuestras" is tied to "tortuga" and as a result uses an "a" not an "o." Is that true?


Nuestras is tied to the object it is referring to, not to who was doing the referring.


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Yep, I work there :)


Are turtles always feminine?


I thought tortugas can be both male and female? Los tortugas and las tortugas are both correct, right?


While turtles can be both male and female biologically, in Spanish "tortuga" is always a feminine word.


This does not seem to be true for cats, because I often see gata. Would it be different if we all had turtles as pets? If I know I am referring to a mother turtle, is she still a masculine noun? (as in, "the mother turtle lays her eggs and buries them in the sand.") I'm having a hard time wrapping my brain around the intricacies and subtleties of gender in Spanish.


It varies per animal. Dogs, cats, lions have masculine forms, whereas turtles only have a feminine form.


In my school my teacher taught us that nosotros can be used for masculine or feminie and we didn't really even learn nosotras. Is it based on different country dialects?


For a group of all females you should use "nosotras". This is not based on the country.


If you are a man, there will always be a man in a group that you refer to as "us", and this single man would dominate grammatically. Perhaps this is what she meant?


Why does it want " verdes" instead of "verde". how can green be plural??


In Spanish, adjectives change based on the number and gender of the nouns they modify. "verde" would refer to a single turtle.


I am new to Spanish. It seemed that "s" was for "you" and "en" was for "plural". Any help with this? In other words, why not "verden"?


Not in the case of adjectives (like "verde"). There "verdes" is for plural.

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