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"El martes voy a comer pollo."

Translation:On Tuesday I am going to eat chicken.

February 11, 2013



OMG i ate chicken yeatarday and it was tuesday! NO WAY


Why do you use "el"?


You use "el" before days


All days of the week are masculine in Spanish, and they're not optional.

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Just to be certain - they used El rather than En for the On. Is this to be expected in a regular fashion?


Yes. All days of the week are masculine and the article is not optional.


He was rather putting emphasis on the omission of Spanish "En". It is what makes this sentence a bit confusing.


Should it not be "En", not "El"?


No el is correct. All days of the week are masculine, and the article isn't optional.


Why is "a" inserted". Why not only "voy comer" - going to eat/verb+infinitive?


Whenever you use "voy" to say you're going to do something, you follow it with the preposition "a". If you think of it as movement, it's easier to remember.


"a" is equivalent to "to" in English. "voy a" is practically literally the same as "am going to".


Los martes, plural


"Martes" is a the name of the day, the S is not for plural it's just part of the name.


It's the article 'los' that makes it plural.


I know, either the comment was edited or I replied to the wrong person.


It's good to set attainable goals.


Well, she's already eating cheese on Tuesdays.


Would 'En martes voy a comer pollo' mean the same thing?


No, en martes is ungrammatical. You use el with weekdays to mean "on that day".


why are they using voy instead of soy


There is only one conjugated verb per clause, and that space is taken up by voy already. The other verbs have to be infinitive. Just like in English.


They should put more various food options to learn? ☺ leave the pollo in the animal section ✌


As i genuinely want to learn different foods, not trying to pick at the 'chicken' eating thing


Why do we need "a" doesn't tomar mean "to take"


Just to clear it up: the preferred translation is "El martes voy a comer pollo." But "voy a tomar" is correct, too. Just like drinking something can be expressed with tomar, so can eating something.

The a here belongs to the construction "ir a" which is the Spanish equivalent of the English "going to".


I said "on Tuesday I go to eat chicken". That should be an acceptable answer. There's nothing wrong with it.


There is one thing wrong with it. :)

The construction "ir a [verb]" is pretty much what "going to" is in English and has rarely something to do with actual moving. Rather, it's an expression to describe the immediate and/or planned future.

Your sentence could be translated as "El martes me voy para comer pollo." - "On Tuesday I go (in order) to eat chicken."


How do you know whether it is comer, comemos, comr, etc.?


You need to know two things - which person (or thing) is doing something in the clause, and how many verbs are in the clause.

You should already know that first item - it depends on whether the person doing something (the subject of the sentence) is the speaker themself (I, yo), the listener (you, tú) or someone or something else (he/she/it, él/ella); or a group including the speaker (we, nosotros/-as), including the listener (you, vosotros/-as), or none of them (they, ellos/ellas).

Depending on that, each verb gets various suffixes indicating who does the thing, and since those suffixes are unambiguous most of the time, you can generally leave out the subject pronoun. For the verb comer it looks like this:

  • yo como
  • tú comes
  • él/ella/usted come
  • nosotros/-as comemos
  • vosotros/-as coméis
  • ellos/ellas/ustedes comen

Now the second item is important in this sentence. If you have multiple verbs in a clause (for instance a modal verb like "can", "must", "should", and a full verb), only the first verb is conjugated - the rest stays in its infinitive form. That's why you got "voy a comer" here: voy is the yo-form of the verb ir, and comer stays unchanged. Like in English: I am (conjugated) going (participle) to eat (infinitive).


In English you can say Tuesday or On Tuesday and both are correct.


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