"I have never said I do not like your garden."
Translation:Nunca he dicho que no me gusta tu jardín.
Alison can you explain why the "que" is needed. I realize that the answer with languages is often "because," but I am not sure what the "que/that" adds in Spanish. The English version of the sentence left out "that" even though it would have been correct if the "that" was added.
It is a feature of other languages too apart from Spanish, eg French and German, that the 'that' (que) is necessary. 'That' ( 'que') is a conjunction joining two sentences together: 1) I have never said, 2) I do not like your garden. In English, as you have observed, it is optional, but more formal English or complex sentences generally require 'that'. Don't know if that explanation helps.
Please help. I was delighted to discover I had almost translated this sentence correctly; without help from a dictionary too! I put "Nunca no he dicho que no me gusta su jardín". Was I marked wrong because of "su" or the extra "no"? If it was because of the extra "no", then in previous lessons, I thought that I had learned that Spanish uses many double-negatives. Would someone explain why "Nunca no he dicho" is incorrect please?
Yes, the yo is wrong. Me gusta eso doesn't literally translate to "I like that", but rather something more along the lines of "that pleases me". Therefore since there's no "I" in English, there's no "yo" in Spanish. It would be perfectly acceptable to simply have nothing where you put the yo, but if you want to add the emphasis of a pronoun you would say "a mí me gusta" (literally something along the lines of "to me it please me", which is the doubling that you do to emphasize that it's you who likes it). In this particular sentence you would put "nunca he dicho que a mí no me gusta tu jardín. I hope this helps.