Just 'desire' should also be accepted -- English articles are optional for conceptual nouns.
I agree henry! In English there would have to be a context to say "the", such as "He has lost the desire to win", etc. Just to name a feeling, we don't say "the". "Desire can be a good or bad thing."
jmiker, I think you said better, and with fewer words, what I am trying to say.
as a Noun it means The Desire. In verb form (desear), you'd never see El, it would be deseo, or Yo Deseo (I desire...)
No, it can mean to wish as well. http://www.wordreference.com/es/en/translation.asp?spen=desear
CR, I don't under- stand why you capitalize "Noun," and "The Desire"?
I believe you could translate "la deseo" as "I desire her", however, in this case "deseo" is being used as a noun to mean "the wish/desire", not as the verb "desire". Plus the choices given were "el/la" which are articles ("the" in English) not pronouns (her/him/it).
okay, my thought was that the right solution must be "la deseo" because "el deseo" would be wrong (it had to be "lo deseo") - but i was fixated on the verb "deseo" and didn´t think of the noun. so when i read your explanation it makes sense to me that i should choose the correct article for the noun "deseo".
deseo can mean desire (noun) or "I desire". Juego can mean 'game" or "I play". Can verbs be turned into nouns using the yo form?
Sometimes, like in your examples they can be, e.g. camino="road" or "I walk", but only certain verbs in the "yo" form share the same spelling as other nouns. Not all verbs can be turned into nouns using the "yo" form.
why could not it be: He wishes? if not, how do you say in Spanish he wishes.
My response matches Duolingo on the last two questions but they are not accepted and I do not know how to get past them.
Hope is not quite a synonym for desire or wish. If you look up desire and wish in the dictionary you will find the other word as an essential part of the definition of the other. But hope is a feeling that exists beyond simply wishing and desiring. It is the expectation that you can achieve that wish or desire.
hope [hohp] noun the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best:
When I was a child, I used to wish that I could fly every time I blew out my birthday candles. It was a rather strong, strange desire, but even as a child I had little hope of that.
Beyond all that, deseo is a cognate of desire. I know users like to explore different translation options, but whenever you have strong cognates that haven't diverged in meaning, it is a gift to be used. To the extent you can rely on your native speaker understanding of the English word to interpret the Spanish words, the easier learning Spanish becomes. Of course there are false friends and some cognates that only share one or two of the possible translations, so honing your comparison skills is important. But if you remember deseo as desire first it is both easier to remember and easier to use.