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Aves not Parajos?

Just tried to practice Animals and suddently been told that Birds should be Los Aves not Parajos....... even though none of the lessons has included this as a word for birds and, in practice before, it has not come up. I can accept that there is more than one word for birds but why is parajos wrong?

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/gheti9811

It's ''Pájaros''

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlisonMoor11

You're right - bad typo X 3 ........ but I did type it correctly in the exercise!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Niquelle7
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Pajaros isn't wrong. I know that for a fact. Also, I think something is wrong with your Duolingo because when I was doing Animals, 'pajaro' was correct!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlisonMoor11

Thank you - glad it's not me!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Niquelle7
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Your welcome! I was just doing my job.(I don't really have a job)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3
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I'm guessing this came up in a multiple choice / choose all correct question?

Depending on how contributors set up sentence translations, words you might not have seen in the tree but are equally valid translations of the English sentence can show up in such questions.

Note that it's "lAs aves."

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlisonMoor11

No, it was given as the correct answer when I had written Pajaros for Birds.... and yes, I'm still not very good with M/F!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/duonks
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All pájaros are aves, but not all aves are pájaros. Aves is a class of the vertebrates (Birds), the same as mamíferos (mammals), reptiles, anfibios and peces. Pájaros usually refers to an order of birds, the passerines. For example, pájaro should NOT be used for birds of prey (aves rapaces), poultry (aves de corral) or, a pet peeve of mine on duo: ducks!

Un pato NO es un pájaro!!! :-D

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alezzzix
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Very good info. I'll give you a tip though, in Spanish we would not use un pato to talk about ducks in general, even though I know for a fact Duolingo teaches that. You should say "Los patos no son pájaros" to refer to ducks in general or "El pato no es un pájaro" to refer to the species. Let me give you a better example, in English you can say "Dogs have four legs" or "A dog has four legs", both basically meaning the same thing, in Spanish nonetheless, you should say "Los perros tienen cuatro patas" or "El perro tiene cuatro patas". If you were to say "Un perro tiene cuatro patas" people will most likely ask you "¿Y cuántas tiene el otro?" (And how many does the other have?).

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3
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If you didn't know, you can also say, "The dog" to refer to the species as a whole in English, but it's in quite a high language register, to the point that I've seen native speakers claiming in Duo sentence discussions that it's wrong. Of course, in your example to use this structure the sentence would likely be "The dog is a quadruped." "The dog has four legs" sounds too much like a specific dog.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alezzzix
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I definitely didn't know that, thanks for the info.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlisonMoor11

Thanks - I'll try to remember!!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/duonks
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I was of course referring to the actual duo translation, as you noted:

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/9204163/Un-pato-es-un-pájaro

*Edit: oh look, progress! https://www.duolingo.com/comment/167586/A-duck-is-a-bird (almost there! :-p)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dutchesse722
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Yes, I remember encountering the exact same! I don't remember if it counted pájaros wrong, but I do remember all of a sudden seeing 'aves' as the word for birds. Duolingo is quirky like that. Usually, when I come upon a similar situation, I take a screenshot of it. I have a bunch of screenshots which I still have to figure out how to submit.

1 year ago