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"My father is a great man."

Translation:Mi padre es un gran hombre.

January 22, 2013



SevenYear, there are several Spanish adjectives that change meaning if they are put before or after the noun. Nuevo abrigo means "new coat," but has the meaning of "new to me," so I could have bought it at Salvation Army. Abrigo nuevo means "brand new coat." Pobre hombre means the man is pathetic, wretched, but hombre pobre menas he has no money. There are others, Just gotta learn them.


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Same in Italian: un grand'uomo = great man. Un uomo grande= a big/tall man


Thank you for the very helpful explanation. I look forward to learning more of these!


That's interesting :)


Perhaps I am missing something, but, can someone explain why "gran" comes before "hombre" as opposed to after, like most other adjectives in Spanish. Thanks!


In this example the adjective is more important than the noun, and for this adjective if you want to say good man (not a big man) the common orde is before. Be careful, the thumb rule is what is more important in the sentence, but in some cases the common meaning is modified.

For example we say 'Fernando Alonso es un piloto grande' doesn't mean he is big but he is a good pilot. (it is more common to say 'gran piloto'.


Grandioso? That wasnt even in the drop down menu

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    Why is "Mi padre es un grande hombre" wrong?


    - Mi padre es un gran hombre. <-> My father is a great man.
    - Mi padre es un hombre grande. <-> My father is a big man.

    EDIT: Correction made, thanks EugeneTiffany.


    Also: 'mi padre es un hombre grandioso' would be correct.


    @drgrimy That's what DL said. Why grandioso and not gran?


    I'm wondering this too. I wrote 'Mi padre es un hombre gran.' and it told me I was wrong correcting it to hombre grandioso. Is grandioso a different word entirely, or just a variation of gran?


    Not grande, but alto for tall. I think what you meant was, big man for hombre grande.


    Someone let me know if this is wrong, but it seems like any time the adjective comes before the noun, it's describing quality. Un gran coche, un mal chico. At least it's the only way I've seen it used. please post any other uses.Thanks


    Yes, it's way of emphasize the adjectives. I notice it also, and I'd like to know if there are some exceptions. Correct it please: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/2498114


    why (mi padre es un gran) is wrong? somebody please explain that to me


    That would be "My father is a great". Not a complete sentence.


    How come ,mi padre es un hombre gran, isnt accepted...they didnt show genial as an offer


    When do we use grandioso, which also means great?


    I was doing a review..... or strengthening from the home page..... and grandioso was not even one of the words on my word list. And thanks rspreng, I never heard that before. Your explanation helped a lot.


    sometimes duolingo translates padre es gran hombre.=my father is "a" great man . (if article is not used specificly). but other times just to confuse me makes a law for mi padre es un gran hombre.= my father is a great man.


    In french i remember that adjectives pertaining to "beauty, age, size or goodness" (B.A.G.S.) went before the noun they were describing. Is that the same in Spanish?


    Not fair, "grandioso" was not an option, yet i was corrected from saying "Mi papa es un hombre gran" to "my father is a great man"


    can anyone explain to me why it is a hombre grandioso not hombre grande? thanks


    I put "mi padre es un grande hombre" and was wrong.....but why?


    No one has yet commented on the supposedly correct "mi padre es un gran tio". Excuse me? Where did that come from?


    Why can't I use papá instead of padre?


    It tells me that the correct translation is: mi padre is un gran tío. But the uncle was not mentioned at all!? confused

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