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"What does she feel for her husband?"

Translation:¿Qué siente ella por su esposo?

February 2, 2013



Para => purpose, benefit of. Por => direction (through, towards), cause. Like in english "what does she feel [towards] her husband" as opposed to "what does she do [for the benefit of] her husband"


Thanks! That is a great explanation for how and when to use para and por!!!


I also think that there may be a duration of time element--she is feeling it is an action that keeps happening.


Does anyone have any examples of exceptions to this rule?


why por and not para?


I was wondering this too. I looked it up and found this explanation: http://www.studyspanish.com/lessons/porpara.htm

It seems like "por" has more use cases and tends to be used with less concrete feelings and moods. It's still not very clear to me, but it's probably just one of those things you have to get a feel for.


veeqdee- because it's about feelings and " sentiments" between 2 persons, you have to use por


Thanks mitaine56


Subtle. Wish I could've learned this AND kept my heart though! oh well, haha


The logic is similar to why a book by an author is "un libro por un autor". The feeling is taken to be caused by the husband; it's not that the feeling is for the husband in the sense of being given to him or used to serve a purpose related to him.

djangosChef, below, puts the same idea another way.


Por indicates means, motive, exchange. Para indicates purpose, suitability or destination.


I was told that in a case like this, para would imply she does it for him. We want him to be the object of the feelings, hence por.


Why this isn't corect: ¿Qué ella siente por su marido? Why word "ella" is left in the right answer?


When asking a question, the pronoun comes after the verb. (ie. qué siente él? -- what does he feel? Qué comes tù? -- what are you eating? )

I'm no natural spanish speaker, but this seems to be the norm. Should the sentence have been "she feels for her husband", ella would definitely come before siente.


Funny because questions according to duo do not change word order that was in the beginning. Now occasionally they do... Im confused. Just had Que él siente por ella? and now this is Que siente ella por... ? how come?


My first time seeing marido. Why not esposo?


they mean the same, it depends of the country


I submitted esposo and it was accepted


Just don't submit your real husband (if any)... ;-)


What if he's into that sort of thing? ;-)


Well...maybe Duo supports that kind of activity; In the Portuguese course, Duo is constantly using "tráfico" (which translates to English "trafficking", aka drugs and smuggling human beings) where the intent seems to be "tráfego"/"trânsito", i.e. traffic (cars, buses and its likes)... :-o


Why isn't the personal 'a' used here? 'por a su marido' like in 'Recuerdo a mi abuela'


She is not directly "feeling her husband" ;) she is feeling something (Que?) for her husband.


shard- the personal A isn't used with a preposition, here, por.


Because the personal "a" is for a direct object and here "marido" is the object of a preposition.


What DOES she feel for her husband?


That IS the question!!


Boredom and a vague sense of loathing, generally. Here in the US at least.


Would the use of the reflexive, 'se siente' be incorrect here?


Basically, try using reflexive in English as a test; "What does she feel herself about her husband". It doesn't sound good neither on English nor in Spanish. On the other hand "She hurts herself" sound better (language-wise, that is...) and shows a typical use case for the reflexive pronoun. :-)


That's actually a really bad rule of thumb. There are MANY uses of the "reflexive" in Spanish that do not at all resemble either the grammar OR the semantics of a reflexive pronoun in English. ( See my long comment on this thread for an extensive discussion of this: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/789137 )

In any case, my understanding is:

  • Sentirse is generally used with an adjective, describing how the subject is feeling, internally: Ella se siente enferma. Yo me siento bien.

  • Sentir generally shows up with a noun in its complement, and describes the subject having a feeling toward or about that thing.


Thanks a lot for very good info! (I think my previous comment with your reply may stay there to clarify for future students...)

I notice that you use 'Él se sienta' as an example of finishing an action. This is actually a "true reflexive" as well, so it's a double reason then, I guess :-)


Well, I think with sentarse, it's more that even in English we actually have something similar to what Spanish does with the reflexive as completion of action. "He sits" vs "He seats himself" has that nature. There's also, from the song that NPR's All Things Considered uses to introduce their "mailbag" segment, "I'm gonna sit right down, and write myself a letter." Or "I ate myself a big ol' meal." In these informal contexts, you see the reflexive used to indicate something very similar to the abstract complete-ness of irse and comerse. ("Irse" could even be compared to, "to take oneself somewhere". She took herself home.)

I'm still a smidge confused about the nature of sentir vs sentirse -- the advice I've found in writing focuses on the noun vs adjective distinction (sentir tristeza / sentirse triste), but I feel like in my experience actually encountering them in real life, sentirse also does have some of the completed-action / event property. So if you want to express that you have just had a feeling of sadness come over you, using "me siento triste" is more appropriate, whereas if you wanted to say that you are generally feeling blue, a version without the reflexive might be appropriate.

I'll need more experience and more conversations with native speakers, I think, before I can nail down what's going on...


Thanks again! I'm not quite able to follow you all the way, and I should point out that English isn't my mother tongue either.

Regarding the sitting (down) example, you are suggesting two different verbs in English; "He sits" vs "He seats himself". The latter one really means to "sit down" (get seated) anyway, even without the reflexive personal pronoun. (In English, it's possible to use "sit" even for the act of getting seated by adding "down" at the end; "Let's sit down!" In my native language (Norwegian) this mixing of the verbs isn't possible -- to sit will always be the continued exercise, and it cannot take a reflexive pronoun. The equivalent of "to get seated", however, MUST take an objective, which may be a reflexive pronoun. If the object is not a reflexive, then the verb takes the meaning of English "put down".)

  • "I'm gonna sit right down, and write myself a letter." In this case, the reflexive pronoun acts as an indirect objective, i.e. to whom do I write a letter? I'm not sure whether you mean this indicates a finishing state...? To me, this is different -- it doesn't imply anything about completeness. Neither is it "true reflexive" if we can use that term, as the subject is not acting upon himself (as in e.g. 'he is seating himself').

  • "I ate myself a big ol' meal." Again, the reflexive pronoun takes the indirect objective role, pointing out the receiver of the action/direct objective. The actor (subjective) is still not acting on himself, hence not what I called "true reflexive". This form was more common in antique language, I guess. Today, we would still say "I make myself a good meal".

Regarding your final comment about noun vs. adjective, I haven't actually seen the pattern so clearly (that it's always connected to the word classes), but it's clearly present in other latin languages as well (I'm more experienced in Portuguese than in Spanish). In English, I'd say it's somewhat awkward to say "I feel sadness" -- that would (to me, anyway) express that I'm sensing something in the room more than that I have a feeling myself.



A good example of a reflexive verb that doesnt make sense in english is inundarse - to flood.

-- La sala de máquinas se inundó y los marineros abandonaron el barco. -- The engine room was flooded and the sailors abandoned the ship.

Rooms don't "flood themselves" in English. In my experience, you have to kind of memorize the reflexive verbs. It stinks but its true. Its hard to rationalize them from an English standpoint.


I am asking myself this question too. Anyone?


I would think it correct to add emphasis, but duolingo marks it wrong


This is a bit complicated. I assume we were talking about woman A and we asked woman B what she felt about woman A's husband.


Why do we leave hace out of the sentence?


With questions in Spanish, "hacer" or another word meaning "to do" isn't used.


Or to express it another way; The re-phrasing with 'to do' for questions and negations is very English, and not common to other languages at all, neither anglo-germanic nor latin ones. :-)


I want to know why the use of subjuntivo here, when the sentence is present tense. sienta is present and siente is subjunctive.


Sienta is the present tense of "sentar" (to sit) and the present subjunctive of "sentir" (to feel).

Siente is also the present indicative of "sentir" (to feel) and the present subjunctive of "sentar" (to sit).

These two verbs suck, IMHO.


Someone said if por is used su was not necessary! Do not mislead the people!


I'm not sure what you mean by this? "Su" is a possessive, just like "his" or "her" in English. It can appear as part of a noun phrase that's the object of a verb or preposition, or in the subject position.


Couldn't I saw "Como ella se siente por su marido ?"


Why "¿Qué siente hacia su esposo?" is not accepted as well


why isnt it se siente here? isnt sentir reflexive here?


donna- not reflexive, reflexive means it would be about you, but she feels something for her husband, not for her


I thought it was "qué ella siente ella por su marido" im confused


You shouldn't say "ella" twice, it's redundant. Like saying, "What does she she feel for her husband?"


Que ella siente por su marido


Why is there no personal a here


See the comment by Mitiane56 above.


I put "¿Qué lo siente ella por su marido?" (What feels it she for her husband?) Why isn't a pronoun used here?


So, there are cases where you can use a clitic like lo to duplicate a direct object. But in this case, there is no direct object to duplicate, because the noun phrase is inside a prepositional phrase.


why does this sentence not require the "a" as in "Qué siente ella por a su esposo"...since it refers to a person?


jontona- with a preposition, (con, por) you don't use personal A.

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    I don't understand the difference between sentirse, which I used, and sentir.


    Sentir is to say "what" you feel. Sentirse is to say "how" you feel.


    I feel like this was a tough one. Just glad I got it right...


    Why cant i use que siente ella...?


    I don't understand in what context you would use this sentence. I've never used this sentence before in English. Does it mean emotionally? As in is she angry at her husband or happy or in love? I don't understand it.


    I thought any posessive phrase could be expressed in two ways - her husband (su esposo) or (for emphasis or disabiguation) - the husband of her (el esposo de ella. Am I wrong?


    Difference between "marido" and "esposo"? Gender?


    Difference between "marido" and "esposo"? Gender?


    darrc- they are both masculine.


    Yo guys are the best! Great help!


    Why not que ella siente?


    Why isn't "Que siente ella por su marido" not correct? I want my fourth heart back if it's going to pull crap like this.


    Confused por and para


    Who no "Que la siente por su esposo"? I get a fault on 'la'.


    This sentence structure confuses the hell out of me. I can't get a handle on it no matter how many times I try to.


    Duolingo, questioning marriages since 1995 (idk when duolingo actually started but heh)




    They are two entirely different words. Siguientes is a form of the verb "to follow", while sientes is a form of the verb "to feel".


    Why is there no personal 'a' for this particular sentence?


    chrefu- with con, no personal A


    The personal a is a special type of direct object. In this case, we have a prepositional object, por su marido.

    I hope that helps. Let me know if you need more information.


    I have done this level 3 times all the way through and it did not count any of my points? First time this has happened. Anyone else?

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