"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."

February 27, 2013

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.

July 22, 2014

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.

February 27, 2013

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.

March 5, 2013

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.

March 5, 2016

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

You are one tall woman.

June 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlexandraJ250174

I agree

May 2, 2018

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?

May 31, 2017

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

May 25, 2013

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".

August 18, 2013

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".

July 22, 2014

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

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

April 14, 2017

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.

July 22, 2014

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.

December 1, 2016

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

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

December 20, 2016

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

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

February 9, 2017

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

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

April 18, 2017

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

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

April 28, 2017

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."

April 28, 2017

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

oh tysm

April 29, 2017

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

Thanks that helped me.

February 19, 2018

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?

May 11, 2017

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

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

May 11, 2017

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

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

March 26, 2013

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

I'm confused, too

July 6, 2013

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

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

January 19, 2014

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"

June 11, 2014

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.

July 22, 2014

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

I like tall women

May 26, 2014

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

What's the difference between altas and altos?

November 13, 2016

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。)

November 19, 2016

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

ありがとうございます! Thank you!

November 19, 2016

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

♉♈♊♋♌♍♎♏

June 12, 2017

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

Can you speak chinees?

June 12, 2017

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

No, no puedo hablar chino. Hablo japonés.

June 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Olivia950027

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

April 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Olivia950027

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April 29, 2018

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

Can someone please translate?

March 21, 2018

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

I thought it was, Are women tall.

June 20, 2017

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

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

August 15, 2017

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

Exactly

August 30, 2017

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

:|

September 14, 2017

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

Why cant I say the women are tall

October 20, 2017

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

I almost put altos

October 26, 2017

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

First confusing second you know answer

November 7, 2017

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

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

December 22, 2017

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

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

April 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PotatoBossYT21

yeet

April 24, 2018

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

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

June 1, 2014

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)

June 11, 2014

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

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

July 22, 2014

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

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

April 15, 2017

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

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

May 15, 2018
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