Unfortunately, you are attempting to decode in a largely one-to-one word association. You only need the bare guist of the idea of what something is saying to ultemately drop thinking in English altogether. Recomend applying the simplest translation possible, then think what the Spanish text is telling you in Spanish, not English. Consider what it means, the basic idea, not the words. Picture it. Our number one problem concerning learning Spanish is that our heads are full of English. Spanish kids have it made. Is easy for them. They don't know English.
Here, we are asked by duolingo to accept that the English "idiom" is equivalent to the literal translation. This I believe is the influence from what is happening in the immersion sections. Still, it's a bit tricky as we must ask ourselves, as translators, what does our "audience" desire, the audience being duolingo and the community that it represents.
The ONLY time DL was looking for a literal translation was in the first few lessons when we hardly knew more than a few Spanish words The literal translations that occurred back then as a consequence of knowing only a few words, unfortunately, convinced some students that that is the way it is done. And it ain't.
An adjective normally follows a noun. The red shoes. Los zapatos rojos. But sometimes an adjective can go before a now when the thing being talked about is being emphasized. The big man. El hombre grande. The great man. El gran hombre. Some adjectives always go before the noun. "Gran" is one of them.
for who have problems with "a" and "an", "
A" goes before words that begin with consonants. <pre>a cat a dog a purple onion a buffalo a big apple </pre>
"An" goes before words that begin with vowels: <pre>an apricot an egg an Indian an orbit an uprising </pre>
Use "an" before unsounded "h." Because the "h" hasn't any phonetic representation and has no audible sound, the sound that follows the article is a vowel; consequently, "an" is used. <pre>an honorable peace an honest error </pre>
When "u" makes the same sound as the "y" in "you," or "o" makes the same sound as "w" in "won," then a is used. The word-initial "y" sound ("unicorn") is actually a glide [j] phonetically, which has consonantal properties; consequently, it is treated as a consonant, requiring "a." <pre>a union a united front a unicorn a used napkin a U.S. ship a one-legged man </pre>