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"Where are my green shoes?"

Translation:¿Dónde están mis zapatos verdes?

February 20, 2013



Can someone explain me why isn't good this sentence: ¿Dónde son mis zapatos verdes? Please. Thanks!


The verb "ser" is more of a permanent state of being as opposed to "estar" which is where something is at the moment. For example. Soy un hombre. I "AM" a man which is a permanent state of being versus. Estoy aqui. I am here.


It marked me wrong for using "ser" which it recommended!


Great explanation


Use 'estar' for locations ;)


Yeah, I was wondering that too...


Can anyone tell me when do you use Dónde and when do you use Adónde?


Dónde is interrogative pronoun 'Where'

Adónde is actually a contraction of a + dónde meaning something like 'To where' (when verbs of movement are present such as 'go'). We tend to use constructions such as "To where are we heading?" which sounds weird in English, but fully natural in Spanish.

Rule of thumb: if there is not a verb of movement, use dónde (or donde)

  • Where did I leave my keys? - ¿Dónde me he dejado las llaves?

  • This is the place where the event took place - Este es el lugar donde el suceso tuvo lugar.

  • We are going to a place. + Where are we going (to) ? - Estamos yendo a un sitio. + Adónde (a dónde) vamos?

  • It is always good to have a home to take a loaf of bread to - Siempre es bueno tener un hogar adonde llevar una barra de pan [example extracted from Maruxa Vilalta: Una mujer, dos hombres y un balazo]


Thank you very much!


In this translation, why does 'están' have an accent? Everywhere else I've ever seen 'estan', it has no accent.


Then 'everywhere else' was wrong. The accent is correct.


Really? Does 'están' always have an accent?


THANK YOU! Amazing. I've lived with native Spanish speakers most of my life, and read and spoken it at varying levels of ability, but after all this time I still don't even have 'estar' fully under my belt.


Can anyone explain to me why half the time adjectives go before the noun and the other half after?


Please explain when to use esta and when to use estan. I used the correct form, but had to flip a coin between the two. Thanks.


Same as other verb conjugations

e.g., "comer" (to eat), "come" (you eat), "comen" (they eat)

so, "estar" (to be [temporarily]), "está" (you are [temporarily]), "están" (they are [temporarily])

and, "ser" (to be [permanently]), "eres" (you are [permanently]), "son" (they are [permanently])


small typo: comer (to eat)

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