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"Mi padre no las conoce."

5 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/ComicOzzie

God I hate this section!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Salxandra
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Yeah, my brain is struggling to make sense of this section, too.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/awesome234

I don't understand either

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kevinp2k13

How can "las" be translated as "you" in this case without there being "ustedes?"

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gro_com

The translation is not correct, 'My father does not know THEM.' The formal you is 'les'

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/airandfingers

"las" works for "you" as well. From http://duolingo.com/#/skill/es/Clitic-Pronouns: Subject Pronoun: ellas; ustedes (fem) Direct Object Pronoun: las (them; you)

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/theartoflogic

It's not using usted "formal you" though, it's using the ustedes "you all," right?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/arturohiero

Another incorrect post (gro-com's). The translation is correct, but would be clearer if it were "you all" and not "you" "Les" should never be used as a direct object pronoun, it is only proper as an indirect object pronoun.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/la_mina

Yes, you are correct Kevin - the "las" in this sentence could mean them, or plural you -Ustedes. This is the direct object pronoun, and is can be used for both third person plural or second person plural.

"Les", however, would not be correct in this sentence since it is an indirect object pronoun.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/arturohiero

Right you are.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/geogator

This is a stretch using "las=you". I can see that it might be correct, but it implies that there is more than one of you, which is not indicated.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/airandfingers

Both "you" and "them" are correct translations; which is meant would be indicated by context. In the case of "you", this context might be a girl talking to two other girls. Often Spanish translations are ambiguous without context, and Duolingo accepts any of the possible correct translations.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lynnroitt

It didn't here, though, since it said that the them translation was wrong.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissSpell
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report it!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GeoEco
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Shouldn't it be "Mi padre no las conoce a ellas"?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/la_mina

It could either "Mi padre no conoce a ellas" or "Mi padre no las conoce" - but both sounds a bit redundant...

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GeoEco
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I think I'm a bit (or a lot) confused about when this double reference (seemingly indeed redundant) to a person is accepted and when it's not...

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/droma
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i think that it can always be "accepted" but not always needed.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/droma
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The "las" is needed as it is the direct object and the sentence without it would read "Mi padre no conoce." As you can see, without the "las' it does not identify "who" he does not know.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tidenburg

Now that I got it wrong I see why their translation is correct. However without context I think it is silly to put a "you" in there like this. The logical jump is to think it means 'them', which was not an option for me to pick.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wanderer109

none of the answers are correct!!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/awesome234

"Them" does not equal "You"

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lynnroitt

No, but this is an indirect pronoun meaning plural female. It doesn't actually MEAN them or you, exactly. It is in place of saying (them - the women, or my female friends, or whatever) or (you - all you females in front of me),,,,,

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissSpell
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I think you meant: It is a direct object pronoun. (DO = los & las, IO=les)

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lynnroitt

you are so right! Thank you.

5 years ago