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"Éstos son mis hijos."

Translation:These are my children.

February 23, 2013



Why the accent on Éstos?


Demonstrative pronouns have accents, usually, though recent 'rule changes' have made them optional.. Demonstrative adjectives do not. If it were "these children" are mine there would be no accent. = Estos hijos


Your post made me figure out what exactly demonstrative adjectives and pronouns are. My brain hurts a little, but I thank you.


demonstrative pronoun doesn't use the noun, it replaces it : ESTO me gusta. demonstrative adjectives can't do without a noun, it's an attribute to it: me gusta ESTE libro.


Thank you for explaining this. Duolingo did not.


I view Duolingo as more of a reinforcing app. I think it works better for those who know/are learning Spanish and use this on the side to enhance learning. It's a bit more difficult to use as the sole teacher of a language because they don't explain things... At least they have forums to help, but they should add in explanations too...


I feel the same way - if I hadn't already been learning Spanish, Duo wouldn't have made ANY sense.


I cannot agree, you just need some thirst for knowledge and learn reasonably: at the very moment something starts not to seem right - google it, learn it, bookmark it for review, write it down etc. etc. ...and you shall be good! Just listen to your own mind! *<: )


I learned a lot in Duolingo Tips & notes...


totally agree


Well, a specific forum for each sentence is actually part of duolingo. Thus duolingo explained this to you. That's the magic of web 2.0, there is no lesser value just because someone else did it. Following your initial argument, Wikipedia does not explain anything, the people using it that do so.


Thank rspreng :) I never bothered to make a distinction between demonstrative adjectives and pronouns before reading this post. Your explanation helped me recognize my ignorance.


Also if you speak French it would be much easier. In French "e'stos" with the accent will mean "ceux" and "estos" without the accent will signify "these" which explains that something belongs to those children or to someone. Like for example this pen is mine. Esta pluma es mi'a. (meaning the accent). When you say E'sta es mi'a, this means that the object belongs to yourself.


Here is a link further explaining demonstrative pronouns and adjectives: http://www.studyspanish.com/lessons/demonstratives.htm


Forget this.
It is archaic. No one actually uses this accented version any more according to spanishdict.com. La RAE (the Royal Academy of the Spanish language) declared there is no need for the accent any more! .https://www.spanishdict.com/guide/esta-vs-esta


i wrote these are my boys. should that be wrong?


No, that's not wrong. Both translations are possible.


Don't know whether to upvote or do something else... either way, I'm pretty confident this should be accepted. That's what I put also.


Why not "estes" because we know hijos is masucine. Isn't "Estos" for neutral/uknown gender?


"Este" is masuline singular, "estos" is the plural form of "este". You are correct in that it can also be a neutral/unknown gender.


"Estes" is not a word in Spanish.
There is only "estés" which it is seldom used since it is both the "negative imperative" and "subjunctive" of "you are".


That is simply not true! In the latest revision of the language by the RAE , these words should not be written with an accent mark unless there is possibility of confusion. The same is true for solo (solitarion) and sólo (solamente). The written accent mark should be avoided unless there is possibility of confusion. This new rule is very confusing. The older rule that pronouns and adverbs need accent (irrespective of context) was a lot simpler. Who knows, the academy may change the rule again, but that's doubtful.


I am surprised to read of this change by the RAE. I think I will stick with the old-fashioned use of the accent mark. It is how I originally learned Spanish, and this dog may be too old to learn a new trick. Besides, as you say, it is easier to remember, and to recognize the word as it is being used.


How do you know the difference between 'children' and 'boys/sons' ?


Why "children" instead of "sons"? Isn't "hijos" (sons) the plural of "hijo" (son)?


"hijos" can be both "children" and "sons".


son and están ? cual es la diferencia entre ser y estar


what is the difference between these and those?


These = Estas, estos. Those - Esas, esos.


On "Éstos son mis hijos" Why wasen't "these are my sons" accepted?


So Estos is accepted for these but esto is not accepted for this by Duolingo. This entire needs explanation that is not on my app or the website


Why not "Those are my children" ?


Why is sons wrong


What is "Those are my children" not accepted?


Estos = These

Esos = Those

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