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"Él pidió un perro."

Translation:He asked for a dog.

February 7, 2013



Wouldn't 'He ordered a dog' be appropiate too?


asked for is not the same as ordered. If the little boy asks his parents for a dog, he did not necessarily order it.


But pidio is translated as "ordered" in another phrase in this lesson, "La nina pidio agua." I understand that it is less common to order a dog (as if from a a breeder) than to ask for a dog (as if from one's parents), but without context, I think what's good for the goose is good for the gander.


I suppose so, but I would definitely indicate from where I ordered a dog or it would be confused with ordering a dog to do something. No one would confuse ordering water as meaning ordering water to do something, so it is not exactly the same. Not all meanings given for words in dictionaries apply to every sentence. Often different meanings apply to different sentences. http://lema.rae.es/drae/?val=pidio



I guess it could be confusing, if you don't understand that "order from" or simply "order + noun" (in any context that I can think of) is different from "order around" or "order to." But that's more of an English lesson, not a Spanish lesson. I'll bet if you asked a Spanish speaker to differentiate between the concept of "to ask for" and "to order" they'd have a hard time because they are both covered by pedir (I suspect that most English speakers would have a hard time defining these words without relying on explaining the contexts where they are used). I mean, there's plenty of strange sentences that come up in Duolingo that are absurd but conceivable ("My bear drinks beer"), so I'm not sure even likelihood is a good reason to mark "He ordered a dog" incorrect.


Allinto, now if you can only get people to read your comment above, for which I give you a lingot.


Youre right cleo159 without context ordered should be correct.


I looked up order as in a command and I think the verb 'ordenar' fits better. But I am guessing tht is what you meant. You could mean he placed a order for a dog than I am not sure.


What I meant was more like 'He ordered dog', as a kind of meat.


In that sense, I think it would work, but because "order" in English also means "command" and people are more likely to assume you mean "He commanded a dog (to do something)" rather than "He ordered a dog (from the dog breeder)". Hence it's a confusing translation that I think should be avoided unless the context is extremely clear.

Perhaps, "He requested a dog," might be a better translation.


TH, I think you've missed the point here. At least as I understood it, it's not which Spanish verb to use (thanks for the social understanding you told us, btw) but whether to translate pedir into English as 'to order' . But maybe this thread covers questions in both directions...?


I think your answer should be accepted. As the sentence hasnt any context. It really is only a small part of a conversation. I suggested that he asked for 'una perra' a common programming error by DL both sexes should be accepted. The female of most animals hasnt been programmed. I often try it knowing that it will be marked wrong so i can point out the oversight. So long as you report it and give a context for when your version should be accepted it is likely theyll email to apologise and thankyou.


Why is "He asked a dog" incorrect?

Pedir is to ask so pidió should be asked?


The asked part is correct. Pedir is "to ask for" a physical thing. Preguntar is to ask for information.



Perhaps a word like manzana would be more appropriate here but okay, he's asking for a thing, for a dog.


uff, personally I'd like to never seen the word manzana here again. (I tried to remove it from my vacab words, but it didn't show up in the list!)


I know what you mean. I have always said that the Duo staff loves apples; no plums, no apricots , no kiwi, no tangerines. But every once and while they like a strawberry or two,


None left. They all got eaten by the turtles.


Thank you! This answered my question as well!


I suppose this gives you insight into my mind because I automatically just assumed there was a talking dog he was asking something to.


Naypam, So what did the dog answer?


I think the personal "a" is used with animals when they are a pet.


This dog is not a pet yet. This is a dog, generally speaking. If you asked for this dog right here with the cute curly tail, as you pick it up and beg your parents. Then, maybe the personal "a" would apply, as you are already considering it almost yours, especially if you say "and I would call it "Spot"." "Él les pidió a Spot a sus padres." which would be "He asked his parents for Spot."


Ive been to China and have eaten dog, so He ordered a dog is an acceptable answer there. Jaja


hopefully not in the restaurant


I understood this sentence correctly. How would we say "He asked his father for a dog"? Él le pidió un perro a su padre. ??


Looks good to me, and for short "Él se lo pidió a su padre." which would be "He asked his father for it." or even shorter. "Él se lo pidió." which would be "He asked him for it." ("le" changes to "se" in front of a direct object that starts with 'l') http://www.studyspanish.com/lessons/iodopro.htm


Why we don't say like: el pedio para un perro


Iosef did not deliver thus John Wick took his life


It would be helpful if one could direktly look up the infinitive of the conjugated verb. pidió - pedir


Why is "begged" not correct when it is included in the definition/translation hint?


I have a list of Spanish verbs and Pedir is to request and Preguntar is to ask, would either have worked


I put puppy because "He asked for a puppy" just seemed more appropriate. But it got marked wrong. So, yeah.


He "asked for a dog" rather than he "asked a dog" because it isn't "a" un perro?


I was going to say that it's "asked for" instead of "asked" because Pidio means "asked for" but now I see that just "asked" is listed as a possible translation. So now I'm starting to wonder what the difference between asked and asked for is? Maybe it's just assumed in this case since the object is a dog, but I ask my dog "what are you doing?" all the time. Hmm..


I'm submitting HE NEEDED A DOG... pidió means to ask for or needed... Not so?!

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    So, "Él preguntó un perro." - asked. "Él pidió un perro" - asked for. Él pidió un bebida." - ordered a drink. ???

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