https://www.duolingo.com/physcokillayou

"El elefante come un pan"

This is a normal scentence, but do elephant really eat bread?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Multi0Lingual4
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Perhaps at a zoo they do...and apparently so. Molasses helps them take their medicine. http://www.sprinklebakes.com/2012/09/elephant-bread-and-bread-for-elephants.html. Or, you know, perhaps it's a joke... (Edit: Why is it "un pan"? Shouldn't it just be "come pan?")

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lazouave
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Pan in Spanish can be uncountable (so refer to bread in general) but can also refer to one big piece, a loaf of bread, hence the use of un pan in the sentence above. (In the provided link, see in the Collins dictionary how pan is shown as synonym for una hogaza)

Interestingly enough, I can only find examples using el pan or panes, but not un pan. Perhaps it's not too common, I'm still looking for an example in the wild! (Native speakers of Spanish are welcome to enlighten us, obviously :) )

I see you're learning French, so please note it works the same way! In this picture, you can see trois pains.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chilotin
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It seems in Spanish from Spain is not correct or nor common "un pan", they say "una barra de pan" (a loaf) or "una rebanada de pan" (a slice). I'm from Chile and we say "hoy desayuné té y un pan con mantequilla" o "compra unos panes".

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lazouave
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Gracias por tu comentario. Aprendo el español de España principalmente, entonces va a ser muy útil para mí.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LeeBrownst1
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An example in the wild

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lazouave
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¡Muchas gracias! Y un lingot para tí :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChocolateWish14

Yes, the "un" is incorrect. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger
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"Un pan" may be a regional locution. There are several examples here.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChocolateWish14

Thanks!

2 years ago

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You're welcome.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CodyORB
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It's not part of their normal diet, but they can.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/physcokillayou

I have no idea, but this is definitely not the wierdest scentence.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IsaacLaws1

There are lots of wack sentences--some seem to be intentionally funny. I watched a Youtube video that showed some bizarre sentences on Duolingo, so I try to ignore them and move on. Very much enjoying Duolingo otherwise. Peace.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/47anos

I like that the sentences are a little wacky occasionally. It keeps us from guessing correctly in context. Forces us to know and use the vocabulary a bit more.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GraceOM

I have a running list of unusual sentences. Sometimes they are just funny vocabulary juxtaposition. Sometimes it's a "huh?" kind of experience. "He puts the pig in the house." Okay. Then I never expected to find this in the first lesson for the past tense, "You never loved me."

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pinapolus

ya they do

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Deborah.la.Abeja

Here's the thread with the funny sentences: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/2171

2 years ago
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