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"Duermes."

5 years ago

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/20greffm

Why don't you say "usted duermes"?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/geogirl

The "you" is implied in the word "duermes." This rule goes for many verbs in Spanish, as well as other Latin-based languages.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/iamkrista

I don't understand why this cannot just be "sleep" with the you implied as it is in spanish?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

The you is not implied in Spanish, it is part of the conjugated verb. ;) "duermes" means "you sleep." Conjugated verbs have subjects "built in" that must be part of the translation into English: I, you, he, she, it, us, they, etc.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Saonod

I'm curious, then, as to how you would issue a command? In English the subject is implied when you say "Sleep" but it also then acts as a command. This is also true in German, where you use the "you-form" of the verb but do not include a subject--it becomes a command. If command-forms of verbs are the same in Spanish, then "Sleep" should also be an appropriate translation here.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

There are command forms in Spanish, but not structured like English of German. "you, sleep!" = duerme "you, don't sleep" = no duermas and others

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Saonod

Ah, okay. Thank you.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mr0range

for commands, if the verb ends in a, switch to e and if it ends in e switch to a. now you have imperative

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/matheusvf

why not 'he/she sleeps'???

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Diego54

why is, he sleeps, wrong?

5 years ago