"They tell everything to me" should be correct!! My pet peve is when Duolingo insists on translating every indirect object without its preposition...Por ejemplo: I gave him the book. Him is the indirect object. But I could also write this sentence: I gave the book to him. Duolingo would mark it wrong 100% of the time. English speakers often include the prepositions with their indirect objects,
in english there is a slight difference between "they tell me everything" "they tell me all of it" - could this come out in spanish as well?
One is universal everything. The other is restricted to things related to it.
Oh, I see. You mean that the first is an ongoing relationship. I wasn't seeing it that way.
I agree. Been speaking english almost 70 years. To say that "everything" is different than "all of it" means there is some reality in which a literal "everything" COULD be told. The context will always refer to an "it" sometimes larger, sometimes more constrained, but to the inquisitor it will consititute "everything".
The "lo" is the direct object pronoun for what is being said. It must be there. "Todo" clarifies what that "thing being said" is = everything. You can leave out the "todo" but you must have the direct object pronoun.
That is the first time I heard that - I had understood that the indirect object pronoun was mandatory but you use either the direct object or the diect object pronoun - not both. This advice has completely confused me. Have you some source reference for this rspreng. It doesn't say it here: http://www.studyspanish.com/lessons/dopro1.htm
If "they tell it all to me" is not "ellas me lo cuentan todo" then how do you say "they tell it all to me" in Spanish?
Also my translation and same question Spanish speakers? To an English speaker they are exactly the same but ..
I think so--seems like an odd use of contrar to mean "tell" why not some form of decir
Or: They tell me all of it. Babs: Duolingo will not accept the present progressive (telling) for the simple present.
Can anyone explain to me when to use "todo" and when to use "todos"? is todo "everything" and todos "everyone"?
Why not "they count everything to me"? This action can be done by those doing inventory of some sort.
Yeah the 'lo' isnt translated. Frustrating bc duolingo insists on every minor translation in other exercises
Ellas me lo cuentan todo. I translated it as they count it all to me... Where did i make a mistake here? Thanks
As a native English speaker (Colorado and Washington US English), "They tell me everything" indicates a habitual behavior while "They tell me all of it" indicates complete disclosure about a single occurance and would probably use the past tense. As a beginner in Spanish, this level of subtlty completely eludes me in these exercises.
My response, "They tell it all to me," was marked correct; however, the correct answer was "They tell me everything."
The indirect object confused me because I was going to type Duolingo's response initially.
that "lo" thing is so confusing. it just looks so.... unnecessary... and i'm trying to give it a meaning... and it becomes more confusing... in english, this sentence literally means "they me to it tell everything". just blows my mind. this need to be answered spesifically. please translate those three in english...
"ellas me lo cuentan todo" "ellas me cuentan todo" "ellas me lo cuentan"