https://www.duolingo.com/sendero

The use of 'una'

Why do they say, 'No tengo coche', without the word 'una' But they do include it with 'No tengo una bicicleta'

ie: I do not have car....... I do not have a bicycle.

6 years ago

6 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Ornithopter

Both should follow the same pattern: without the indefinite article. (Unless you're trying to stress the number, as in: "No tengo una bicicleta, tengo tres.")

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sendero

Thank you Ornithopter, so Duolingo have got it wrong again! I was enjoying this course but there are too many indisputable mistakes in their answers which is so annoying and putting me off studying.

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_felipe

It sounds weird to say "I have car" in Spanish. If something is countable and you have only one it's usual to say "I have a car". The exception though is when you're answering a question:

  • Can you go with us?
  • I don't have car.

I'm a native Portuguese speaker which is very similar to Spanish.?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alicealex

thanks! never understood that before!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/oowowaee

Thanks, I was wondering about this too!

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/brebre_rogers

Maybe They seem to not care about the word or maybe it was a mistake!

5 years ago
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