"She imports a radio."

Translation:Ella importa un radio.

February 3, 2013



I think that radio is feminine so should be una. The program accepts una but says that un is also right. Es correcto?

February 3, 2013


The theory is that a radio set is is feminine, and the concept of radio is masculine. In reality I don't think many people make the distinction, and either one works. On a side note, in theory a TV set is a televisor, but in Mexico I know that call it a television.

February 3, 2013


Veo! Gracias!

February 3, 2013


In Spain most people insist it's femine. The explanation above is the wrong way round! If you check with REA, radio is both. What you listen to is an estación feminine, but a radio set was originally a radiofono, so like telefono.

March 12, 2018


Radio in the masculine form is the device, while in the feminine form it is the radio waves that the device receives. When talking about it, you listen to the radio waves not the device.

January 31, 2014


weird. in life it is quite opposite as human beings can't listen to the radiowaves, yet they listen to the devices called radios. yes, specific frequencies, but still from the device.

March 4, 2018


If you look carefully, it's optional masc. For device in Latin America and in Spain you will get corrected for using that.

March 12, 2018


Realmente "Radio" tiene hasta seis significados diferentes, según el RAE, que es el diccionario por el que todos los hispanohablantes debemos guiarnos. http://dle.rae.es/?id=V1GlXnv|V1HlZk4

Únicamente tiene el género femenino la maquina que reproduce sonidos mediante ondas. Que posiblemente es al lo que se refiera Duo. Pero como esta fuera de contexto, no se puede afirmar.

January 21, 2018


I got tricked and "una" instead of "un" as well (see comments below about el radio device being masculine) but can anyone tell me why you don't use "se" here? "Ella se importa un radio".


March 2, 2018


Importar/ to import is not reflexive. "Se importa" is passiv "it is imported"

March 2, 2018


Is it normal, or even the slightest bit common, to use the verb IMPORT to mean "To be important or to matter" in English? It sounds terrible to my ears.

March 2, 2013


It is not common, nor used as a verb that way, but as a noun: noun |ˈimˌpôrt| [in sing. ] the meaning or significance of something, esp. when not directly stated : the import of her message is clear. • great significance; importance : pronouncements of world-shaking import.

Not used commonly, but I'm a word nerd, with a big vocab and I like to incorporate the exceptional into my speech.

January 24, 2014


Does she export as well?

August 11, 2015


Si! Ella es una importador y una exportador.

December 9, 2016


Radio is faminine when it is related to radiodifusion (f). It is the short form of it.

February 3, 2015


Una una!!!

December 17, 2015


But wouldn't "A ella importa una radio" mean "A radio is important to her"? Not "She imports a radio"? A mí/ ella importa? Or is it that the word has an entirely different meaning depending on its context?

September 22, 2016


The word has a different meaning, depending on context. :)
Importar - to import; to be important.

September 16, 2017



February 10, 2017


According to RAE the DEVICE is radiorreceptor and both el radio and la radio are colloquial.

RAE gives 6 meanings of RADIO as follows

EL radio1, is radius from Latin radius

EL radio2, from Fr Radium means Radium

LA radio3, radiodifusión=BROADCASTING

EL o LA colloq. radio4, radiorreceptor = radioreceiver

EL radio5 radiotelegrama = radiotelegram

EL o LA radio6, radiotelegrafista = radiotelegraphist


February 10, 2017


But you have not fully understood the REA web site which marks radio as m. o. f. The device is NOT masculine in Spain!!

March 14, 2018


Thank you. I corrected. Now everything is according to RAE (you have a typo)

March 14, 2018


What is the difference between the and a or un and el

August 9, 2015


"the" refers to a specific thing, while "a" refers to one of any number of a specific thing. Here is a link that explains the difference. http://www.studyspanish.com/lessons/defart1.htm

August 9, 2015


Arreglenlo de una vez. Solo hay una respuesta correcta: "Ella importa una radio"

October 7, 2017


"Ella importa una radio", because the device is used mainly as feminine.

May 27, 2018

May 27, 2018
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