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"¿Es una gata?"

Translation:Is it a cat?

July 14, 2016



Yo I wrote "is that a cat?"

Can someone explain to me why this is not correct? Gracias! =)


"Es" (a conjugation of the verb ser, "to be") means "it is" If this sentence has used demonstrative adjectives, which are used to show distance, then you would have been right. Este (T because you can/are touching it) This ese (within arms reach) This aquel (Far away) That So depending on where this cat is, you could say, "¿Este/ese/aquel una gata?" which could mean, "Is this a cat?" or it could mean, "Is that a cat?" So if you wanted to be specific about which cat you are talking about, then the original sentence would have been something like what I wrote above.


Thanks, at the time when I asked the question I had not yet learnt the words specific words for "this/that". Of course, much has happened within the past month in terms of learning spanish. Coming back to this question I asked, it feels weird that I asked it only but a month ago. Today I had a long conversation with a spanish native friend of mine (in spanish). A lot can happen in a month if you keep at it.


Thanks, :) I hope that's true, being fluent in a second language is really fun. I'm not fluent, but I've definitely been improving lately. I'll definitely work at this more, and hopefully reach a level where a conversation like that is easy.


well, 2 months have passed since our last comment. Im now pretty much fluent (I tell people the opposite, but native speakers tell me I am so I guess I'll have to trust them!), I mean I still make grammatical mistakes here and there of course, but I am at the level where I am reading novels in spanish and able to comprehend the vast majority of what is being spoken in films, the news and native speakers etc. Speakers even say I dont have an accent -as I speak with a more castellano accent, probably because of all the spanish tv I watch. Ive fully immersed myself in the language and that has helped me improve tonnes. Well, just thought Id drop in and give an update lol. Peace y'all.


To sabre2th1: On behalf of everyone who's just started, could you suggest us something that'll help us novices lose the accent? What helped you with that?


No ESO no correcto


Thanks for your help :)


Thanks for explain


I answered the same, "is that a cat?" Because that's what I would say in English. Maybe that was wrong because 1) we haven't learned the correct word that "that" get, or 2) "Es" is third person singular for "is", i.e. "Ella Es...." So maybe the answer to the question is "Ella es una gata."


i did the same thing and yet i got it wrong also


Es means is it, you wrote is that, other than that everything's correct.


YEAH!!!!!!! because the answer is "is it a cat"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DUH (sorry i was rude)


sabre2th1-it's incorrect because "that" isn't in the sentence in Spanish. It does mean the same thing...but remember, this is a robot that you're learning Spanish with.


I also translated this sentence to English and couldnt understand why I kept getting it wrong. You need to type answer in Spanish. Hope this helps.


the answer is "is it a cat?"


Es in a question formatting mean "is it", though in a statement, es means "it is".


Because you were supposed to write it in Spanish.. Not in English.. That's why it was not correct.


Because when you write a certain word it can mean it and something that goes along with that word but in this case the word did not have a stand to the word that


If 'cat' is El Gato (m), then shouldnt it be Es un Gato?


a female cat is la gata


El Gato is male La Gata is female.


I wrote "Is it a female cat?" and that was counted incorrect.


No... Gato = (male) cat Gata = (female) cat. you dont actually say female or male. its like saying man or woman you dont say a female woman or a male man you just say man or woman


So, how would I say "Is it a female cat?" in Spanish?


That would be "Es una gata?" because gata means female cat. "Es una gato?" would be male cat.


I mean some animals have a family of designations: horse, stallion, mare, colt etc. Not sure about cats, but I do want to be able to distinguish a male cat from a female cat. Wikipedia tells me this about English, which I mostly didn't know before:

A group of cats is referred to as a "clowder" or a "glaring", a male cat is called a "tom" or "tomcat" (or a "gib", if neutered), an unaltered female is called a "queen", and a juvenile cat is referred to as a "kitten".


wow thanks for the info! i adore cats and had no idea of these names (other than "Tom" for unaltered males)


I also said It is a female cat because of una gata. Tricky question


Is this often the case with nouns referring to living things?


"If 'cat' is El Gato (m), then shouldnt it be Es un Gato?"

yes it should, unless the question is asking specifically if it is female or not, in which case the translation should be "is it a FEMALE cat?". DL should at least accept it as a possible solution...


This one is really confusing to me. It is asking the question "Is it a cat?". This must preclude knowledge of gender. So why does the sentence assume gender when it doesn't even know that "it" is a cat yet?


if the question is not asking whether it's a cat or not, but whether the cat is female or male, then it makes perfect sense and the translation should be "is it a FEMALE cat?"


The automatic gender for "cat" is feminine; "gata", just like in "dog" the automatic gender is masculine; "perro".


it should accept "female cat" even if in English it's not really stated but here is just to learn so...


How does Gata also mean maid?


It's actually weird to me Duolingo adds this meaning, because if you call a female "gata" is taken as a derogative, an insult; at least in Mexico. There are plenty more appropriate words in spanish for "maid", e.g. "criada".


I don't understand, when referring to a group of cats, how one is supposed to know they are female or male. So, when you don't know and you see a group of cats say, drinking, would it always take the masculine as in Los gatos beben? Also, why does duolingo not use the masculine/feminine interchangeably for the other animals, like, la pata for a female duck?


Spanish language has genders for everything, so as there is not a neutral way to call a being, we use the masculine as "neutral", for example when you don't know if you're refering to a female or male. Just for living things. So, you're right saying "Los gatos beben".


So, is it wrong to answer "Is it a female cat?" That's what I did.


La gata... how do you knw it is female if you can't even tell that it's a cat?


that is why I assumed that this question was about the gender of the cat: "es una gata?" as in "es una gata o un gato?" = is it a female or male cat? SO the translation that makes the most sense to me is specifically "is it a FEMALE cat?"


AMEN--you are the first person other than myself that has put this very compelling question into words (and quite a bit more succinctly than I did--thank you!!)


the tern cat is gender neutral in English however in the Spanish question it says the "female cat"


So, why is it gata and gato, but not perra and perro, or caballa and caballo? What's so special about cats that they get masculine and feminine versions in Spanish??


I dont know if anyone has the lady voice but wondering if anyone hears what i hear as it sounds like she is saying Es una carta. I thought oh well ive misheard but something got me trying tortuga mode and it still sounds like carta not gata... i didnt want to report it if Im the only one just want to make sure were all hearing the same as its important to get pronounciation right isnt it!


It also was difficult for me to understand until I clicked the tortoise


Is it a cat? I put it is a cat


In English a female cat is called a "molly" or a ""queen" , the latter usually referring to a pregnant cat. "Is it a molly?" should be accepted. Reported


Shouldn't masculine noun el gato remain un gato not una gata?


I typed " is it a cat" and then assumed it would be wrong as soon as i hit enter. The app seems to use very literal English translations and there really aren't gender neutral articles like "it," but it took it. I figured it would call me out for not saying "she" since the gender was implied in the Spanish...


I typed "Is it a cat?" and it's saying incorrect. This happens frequently where I type it exactly the same as the correct answer and it keeps saying incorrect. Very frustrating!


I was confused be the feminine form of the noun gato. I said female cat. Don't know why that was wrong.


How do you know when speaking whether the are asking the question"is it a cat?" or saying "is it a cat"


Simply from the tone of voice or inflection. When asking a question people's voices usually go up a little at the end.


Am confused about that statement,can someone please help me. Es una gata


Are they a cat**


I wrote "Is it a cat?" My answer is supposed to be correct.


why is it gata instead of gato?


I keep writing Is it a cat? -it then tells me incorrect and it should be Is it a cat? - it has done this on several of them and won't let you go any further - the other one is Are they cats? which i write correctly and it says incorrect but then tells me that it should be Are they cats?


I wrote "Is this a cat" so why did I get it wrong?


I wrote is it a cat with a? Word for word and character for character exactly what it says the answer is but it keeps telling me it's wrong....


Is that a cat is not right how can please anybody tell me


I wrote the correct translation twice and it still came up as incorrect


It sounds a lot like "Es una carta?"


What makes gato become gata? Is it because you are asking a question? Would "is it a fish" be, "Es una pescada?" (not pescado?)


i think it should be "gato" instead of "gata"


I wrote is that a cat


I put "es un gata" can someone please tell me why this is wrong?


"Gata" is a feminine word so "un" should be feminine as well "una". "¿Es una gata?


I put " Is it a female cat?" and that was marked as wrong can someone explain why?


When this is written you can obviously see the question marks so you know it is a question. When you speak this sentence how do you if the person means to say it as a question or a statement? I.e. It is a cat vs Is it a cat? when they both are spoken the same way? Thank you in advance.


How are "¿Es un gato?" and "¿Es una gata?" different? Does "¿Es un gato?" ask if it is a male cat and "gata" ask if it is a female cat?


I wrote "Is it a female cat?" and it was marked an error. However the answer could have been, "No, es un gato." meaning that it is a male cat not a female cat. So my answer should be marked correct.




How do you say Catwoman in spanish?


ITS A BIRD! ITS A PLANE! Oh.... Its just a cat. (English, inglis)= (Español, spanish) es un pájaro! es un avión! oh.... es solo un gato.


this one is not reading the correct answer


I thought its said "es una carta"... Welp im srewed


It recorded me saying it when I didn't press the button and failed me because it recorded something.


i typed es but 3rfdidnt put the upside down question mark. but it should still count2rkf23erfj2


Use it is for the beggining


Now I know what that means it means is it a cat that what it means ok


I type - in is it a cat? - and it says thats wrong


Why not is it a girl cat?


I wrote "Es una Gata?" and got it wrong. WTF


I wrote is it a female cat and got it wrong..


no it is a fox named Samantha Peterson! thanks Joe Lycett


Why "uno gato"? Isn't it supposed to be "un gato" since gato is masculine?


The correct answer i got was" is it a moggy"


This question can be tricky. I got it correct. Even if i am a starter.


i wrote es una gata how is that wrong ???


Why is this in the feminine? This would have to be stated as es un gato? No?


how does this cat change gender? el gato una gata


Well, you'd think it would be easy to tell


Why isn't it.....Es un gato? Why did they make it feminine?


When you hover over 'es' on the top, it says 'it is'. But, you wouldn't say "It is a cat? Right? You would say "Is it a cat?" Then una translates to 'a'. Another thing is couldn't cat be gato or gata? It is according to the gender, so wouldn't you say female/girl cat?


its is it a cat sabre


Thought it said carta


Is cat feminine or masculine? I thought it was el gato


I put it is cats

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