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" me lo cuentas todo."

Translation:You tell me everything.

February 19, 2013



Could someone please explain what 'lo' stands for or means in this sentence? Thanks


It is a direct object pronoun meaning "him/it." It is the "everything" that is being told. The sentence could stand as "Tu me lo cuentas" and we would not know for sure what "lo" represented, and the "todos" explains what the "lo" represents.


But is it necessary? Would "Tu me cuentas todo" mean the same thing? Something else? Nothing?


Lo is required if the direct object is not a noun. "todo" is used as an adjective or a pronoun in Spanish and cannot be a direct object by itself.

I translated it as "You tell it all to me." which is a more direct translation, but does mean the same as "You tell me everything." which is more commonly said in English. Of course, DuoLingo did not accept it, but I reported it as also correct though less common.

http://dictionnaire.reverso.net/anglais-espagnol/everything http://dictionnaire.reverso.net/espagnol-anglais/todo


But why "cuentas"? doesn't that mean "to count"?


it also means "to tell" and contar con means to count on.


Since when does "cuentas" also mean "to tell"? O.o the sentence didn't really make sense till I hovered over 'cuentas' and noticed that! Confused now... when would you use 'cuentas', when would you use other words for "to tell"?


I put "You tell it all to me" which is perhaps not the best English but is perfectly acceptable and has the same meaning. And it seems to mirror the Spanish words.


I put "You tell it all to me" also and it was marked wrong. I don't think it should have been as it is quite acceptable in English


You are right and it is now considered correct. Don't forget to report to Duolingo when you are sure you are right.


Couldn't it also be "Tell me everything?"


No, I believe you need command form for that. It would be something like "me cuenta todo" or "cuentame todo". But I'm not sure if you would still need the "lo".


"Me dices todo" also means "You tell me everything," and "lo" is not needed. So "lo" is necessary with "contar" but not with "decir." Right?


That would be "Me lo dices todo."
"lo" is the direct object pronoun which replaces the noun when it is not in the sentence. Usually, todo is by itself used in the nominative case (subject, predicate nominative) or as the object of a preposition, but usually "lo" is used with it when it is the direct object. "lo sabes todo." , "se lo comió todo", etc. http://dictionnaire.reverso.net/espagnol-anglais/dices http://dictionnaire.reverso.net/espagnol-anglais/todo http://www.studyspanish.com/lessons/iodopro.htm

Maybe a native Spanish speaker could step in and let us know if lo is dropped in casual talk? I know "lo" is required even for a noun if the direct object is at the beginning of the sentence. http://spanish.about.com/od/usingparticularverbs/a/gustar_a.htm


Why is 'you tell everything to me' wrong?


I really don't think it is. Reported.


How would one say "You tell me all of it"? I put that as my answer and it was marked wrong.


Sometimes tu is written with an accent, and at other times without. How does the English translation differ between tu with and without the accent.


Tú means you, tu means your. Here is a WordReference link.


I thought contar meant 'count'


Like many spanish words, it can be translated using mulitple english ones depending on context, etc.


Well, like many words, period.


i put " you count on me for everything" because I think contar also means "count on" but I guess it would need "...por todo"...?


No, count on is contar con.


Would it be possible for this sentence to translate to "You count on me for everything"?


No, contar con is the expression for that.

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