Not "way off," IMO. Depends on the context, and we don't have any context in Duo. "it tastes terrible in South Dakota, but my brother drinks the water there.
It definitely did not sound like she said "el agua". The "el" was almost non-existent here and I missed it out because in the English context it would not have been said anyway.
we don't use articles in english the same way as spanish does. into english, the sentence could be translated as 'the bird drinks the water' (as in, that specific water from that specific source it is drinking right now) or the bird drinks water (habitually, or as opposed to diet coke, etc.).
I'd translate it as the second. The first is technically correct but awkwardly phrased.
Anyone else notice that 'pájaro' translates to both 'bird' and 'nasty piece of work'? Is this like 'b*$#@' and 'female dog' in English?
That's interesting because in British English bird is a slang for female like "Check out that bird." Rather like American English and "chick." (Which is kinda wrong now that I think about it considering that means bird probably came first and someone in America decided to take it younger.) I can see your version though. Bird is probably meant more like a harpy.
"El agua" is "the water." "Él agua," on the other hand, would be "he water."
very confused... i wrote the answer that is listed above and it told me the answer is "the bird drinks water".
It's "el agua" because "la agua" would not sound well. Still it's a feminine noun. It is an exceptional word, not the general rule for nouns starting with an A.
In Italian you would merge them in this case. ( La acqua = L'acqua) I find it weird they don't do this in Spanish. So I guess making it "El" would fix having back to back As
There are a few merges in Spanish (for example "a el" = "al") but you're right, it's not typically done.
This is similar to a/an in English when a words starts with a vowel or sounds like it starts with a vowel you usually "an" i.e. hour, herb...
Im fairly certain "drinks the water" works just as well as "drinks water"
Am i the only one who cant hear the "el" on this one? Especially when it shouldn't matter if he drinks water, or if he drinks THE water?
I feel like whenever I try to copy the speaker exactly, the app misses half the words even if I obviously said them. It's like you have to clearly and distinctly enunciate each word or they won't pass you- even though that isnt how it was said nor would ever be said.