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"Son mujeres altas."

Translation:They are tall women.

February 27, 2013

53 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GodlessDivinity

Is this really a different sentence than "Las mujeres son altas."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/THeNeeno

Yes, in both languages. They are similar, but they are not always interchangeable.. One sentence is more specific.

The women are tall is a general statement. “This is my first trip to the Netherlands. The women are tall!" Vs “Did you meet Sarah and Jane? They are tall women!"

Nuance. You can sometimes substitute the “they are..." form for the “the (noun) are..." form pretty easily, but it isn't always as simple to do the opposite and keep the meaning exactly the same.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rspreng

Perhaps not a lot, in English. But we see two ways of saying something, and if a person understands both ways he/she knows a bit more about Spanish.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/andrewedgar

They are just as different in English and Spanish, I'd say. It's the difference between "They are tall women" and "The women are tall." Translates pretty easily and can be important depending on the situation.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alfredo-martin

Strictly no, if you saw "Women are tall" in Spanish is "Las mujeres son altas", just like that. Saying "son mujeres altas" it means you are referring to some specific women that are tall. "Las mujeres son altas" sounds more general, like all the women are tall or at least a large part of them.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aumbria

You are one tall woman.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/prosql

Is something about "Those women are tall" truly wrong, or is it that I'm answering in an obscure enough way that it isn't in the accepted answer list yet?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnthonyMRainey

Why isn't "Women are tall" a correct answer? All the words are there; perhaps not in the right order but I didn't think it mattered so much in spanish


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/celso.mattheus

It does. "Women are tall" translates to "Las mujeres son altas". It is saying that women in general are tall (or perharps in a specific group, like, "las mujeres de mi família son altas" - Women in my family are tall) ; while "son mujeres altas" means "these specific women of which we are speaking are tall".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/THeNeeno

No. Women are tall= mujeres son altas. Vs Las mujeres son altas=The women are tall. These two sentences mean different things. Women are tall includes all people everywhere who are women. The subject here is “women" The women in most cases speaks to the people in a certain group who are women. The subject here is "(the) women".

“Son mujeres altas" has an even different meaning. The subject here is the implied “they/ellas." “They" is more specific than “the".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Duomail

"Women are tall" and "The women are tall" translate to "Las mujeres son altas".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/THeNeeno

The fact that you can sometimes change order more readily than in English doesn't mean meaning can't change sometimes depending on order.

“Son mujeres alas" is necessarily “They are tall women." “They/ellas" is the subject. It is implied by the verb “Son". If the verb comes first, it is usually a clue that the subject is implied. 'Women', although a noun, describes what they are. They are tall women.

“Mujeres son altas" would be “women are tall." As you see, the subject here is women. It's placement before the noun is a strong indication of this.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pipdingo

You can say: "Ellas son mujeres altas" = "They are tall women" Since in Spanish the verb conjugations indicate who is doing the action, it is usually possible to omit the pronoun. So, "Son mujeres altas" is the same.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CarysCollins

What is the difference to between the answer and this: the women are tall


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SamanthaWe942120

"the woman are tall." is what it translates to.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pamelasidd1

where is the word they? why not say, women are tall?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bleach4dinner

Might be a stupid question - but what's the difference between altas and alta?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AudreyP11

Altas is used when describing plural nouns (women) and alta is singular (woman). For example, "Son mujeres altas," translates to, "They are tall women," while "Son mujer alta," translates to, "She is a tall woman."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/andy313389

Thanks that helped me.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Phil3766

I just learnt Ellos is they. So as we are all just learning, wouldn't the more formal "Ellos son mujeres altas" be easier to understand? And also correct?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AudreyP11

I agree, that would make sense (though the feminine form of they, "ellas" would be used).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/anni...b

Why can't this also be "You are tall women"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaleBird

I'm confused, too


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ozytodd

i dont understand where they came from ,there was no ellas,ellos,


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gaoyawen

the subject can be left out in spanish since every subject has a different "be". such as, "yo" has "soy" "tú "has "eres" "ello, ella and ustedes" have "son"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/THeNeeno

This is quite common in Spanish. I'm surprised you haven't noticed it until now. If the verb comes first, it is a pretty good indication that the subject is implied. The verb tells you who or what the subject is, so it would be redundant to actually state it.


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    What's the difference between altas and altos?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OKAMOTO_Yusuke

    altas は女性名詞の複数形を、altos は男性名詞の複数形を修飾します。英語では形容詞の語尾は活用しませんが、スペイン語では修飾される名詞の性別・単複に応じ語尾を活用させる必要があります。(補語になる場合でも、主語の性別・単複に一致させます。)


    [deactivated user]

      ありがとうございます! Thank you!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aumbria

      ♉♈♊♋♌♍♎♏


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aumbria

      Can you speak chinees?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OKAMOTO_Yusuke

      No, no puedo hablar chino. Hablo japonés.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Olivia160410

      you don't rite Chinese like that you rite it like this Chinese


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Olivia160410

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      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Heather49336

      Can someone please translate?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/crmsnmyst

      I thought it was, Are women tall.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tim91292

      I really hate these questions to be honest i never know which one to choose


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/2cut34u

      Why cant I say the women are tall


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WillieBarr

      I almost put altos


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MegaForceXD

      First confusing second you know answer


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bradf4rtune

      Why can't i say "Son mujeres altos"?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Samuel908368

      I put in" they are tall woman "and it was marked wrong


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jmcnealy

      Why isn't "The women are tall" an acceptable answer?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gaoyawen

      because the subject here is not women, but they. "the woman are tall" should be"las mujers son atlas"(i guess)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/THeNeeno

      Good job! The subject here is implied. “Women" and “tall" are what they are.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jeremys_18

      If i add question marks would this be "Are women tall?"?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JeffLucco

      "The women are tall".....why is this wrong?

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