"My friends stopped drinking."
Translation:Mis amigos dejaron de beber.
Because it is the construction with an infinitive, look at the drop down. This happens with other verbs too, so it is worth looking out for. I cannot find a rule that explains why, so it is just another thing to memorize.
The way I understand it is that the friends stopped themselves "from drinking" rather than stopping drinking the way you might stop a car by stepping on the brake or stopping a person to ask then for directions.
Because it means "My friends finished drinking". Not quite the same meaning as "stopped drinking".
Actually I am Mexican and I speak Spanish and terminaron , finished , and stopped all mean the same thing
I am guessing here. Acabar is more like completing something. So, if you are going to say, 'acabaron de beber', wudn't it mean 'They just drank'?
I am guessing in answer to my own question that parar like other "terminating" verbs needs "de" just as initiating verbs need "a" before the infinitives following.
Why is it mis amigas, not mis amigos? How am i supposed to know that the friends are female by the sentence?
Often, Duo gives "correct" answers in the feminine but will also accept masculine answers as well, if you're translating to Spanish from English. That's more just to show you that you can do that than that there is some "correct" gender involved. Only when gender is apparent in the English (using "she" or "the women" or something like that) do you have to worry about the difference between amigo/a.
That is not correct, you need "de" after "dejaron", to say "My friends stopped to drink" you say "Mis amigos se pararon a beber." (Normally refers to when they are in a car and stop by)
In this case you don´t need to think how the sentence would be translated without de, it's just the way it is. In English when you say 'Someone + to be + going + to' you will never consider any other preposition except 'to'. The same thing is with the verb dejar, you just have to remember what preposition with what verb to use.
Some examples you can find here http://users.ipfw.edu/jehle/courses/VRBSPREP.HTM
"Mis amigos dejaron de beber." I had guessed "mis amigos dejan de beber," but the use of the future tense seems like it's translating directly to "my friends will have stopped all future drinking," is that correct?
Not sure what you mean here graahh - dejaron is preterite (past) and your guess dejan is present ,dejarán is the future tens. Use SpanishDict or some other sites for the conjugations. Why no level tags btw?.
It just means to drink in general. Notice how we all assume it's alcohol based on the verbiage of the sentence, but they could've stopped drinking water, milk, soda, anything really. The sentence doesn't actually say alcohol.
What am I supposed to do on my weekends now... or, when sports are on... or, at music festivals... at my wedding?! ...New Years??!! ST. PATTIES DAY???!!!
this is correct because it does not say or show a form of being towards females or males
I used "Mis amigos terminaron de beber" - it's quite the same really don't you think?
Detener is "to stop" in a sense of movement. Like "to stop a car". Or to, quite similarly, "detain".
mis amigos han dejado de beber not accepted 6 Oct 2017. This exercise came up on general strengthening and not in regard to any particular module. Reported.
If it wanted a perfect tense in Spanish, it would give a perfect tense in English.
But wouldn't "dejaron de beber" mean "quit drinking" or maybe that would be more like "dejaron de tomar" if you're talking about alcohol. Any help?
"Dejar de beber" means both "stop drinking" (for the evening) and "quit drinking" (giving up on alcohol). Spanish doesn't really make a difference there in the wording. Beber is mostly used for alcoholic drinks.
It would be a grammatically okay sentence, but it has a different meaning. Whenever you use a gerundio form, like bebiendo, it is talking about a progressive, ongoing action, i.e. you're not stopping. So you sentence would rather mean "We stopped in a drinking manner" or "We stopped while drinking".