"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.
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.
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 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".
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?
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!
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 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?
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.
I have a question that I'm hoping can be answered by a native speaker or by someone with significant exposure to real life Spanish. I have taken a number of Spanish courses through the years, from a variety of sources. Thus far, Duolingo is the only one that uses the female terms la gata, la perra. Do people actually use these terms in everyday speaking? If so, any idea why other sources don't use these terms? Is it considered more slang-like perhaps? And are these terms used any time one encounters a female cat or dog, or is usually used only for pets where the gender is more likely to be known? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!