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"Ustedes tuvieron un perro."

Translation:You had a dog.

5 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/will.stamatis

Is "You'd a dog" even proper english? Edit: I say this because DL listed it as a proper translation

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hhowell4694

It is a contraction of you+would but you would need (you'd need) to follow that with more because there is no verb in that sentence. It can also be a contraction of you+had but not had, in the sense of possession. This is had used as an auxiliary verb so you still need another verb. So, you'd a dog is not a sentence, but you'd is a legit contraction. So, you'd better put some verbs in those sentences :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/YasserElidrissi

Here, take all my lingots!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/uccio.123
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don't know how many you gave but i gave you 3

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sachitdevkota
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take mine :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AkiaSim

TAKE MINE 2

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Marie282520

You'd better not pout, you'd better not cry...Santa Clause is coming to town. That is a contraction of "you had".

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/owenvenes
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Well explained :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarcusWest10

You da man

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/crisjordan22

youd a dog is correct. youd is a contraction of you had as well as you would. DL is correct again!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andreaja69
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'You'd a dog' does indeed have a verb, 'had', it is just part of 'you'd'. It's similar to saying 'I've a dog', 'I'd a dog', We've a dog', all of which contain a contracted verb. It's not an auxiliary here, it's the finite verb of the sentence.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kiraly

As a native english speaker, i have never heard this used once and i have lived in the northeast US, california, and north carolina.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Marie282520

"You'd better not pout, you'd better not cry...I'm telling you why. Santa Clause is coming to town." You had.... you'd heard it, hadn't you?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/THeNeeno

No, 'you'd' would have to be be followed by another verb in order to be used properly.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andreaja69
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'The last time I saw you, you'd a dog with you.' It doesn't need another verb; it already has one - 'had'.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/julia.angelica

No this is not correct, but you could say Y'all had a dog.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zer0dotexe

Exactly. Ustedes is plural, and without context can mean "you all" or "they" (since most Spanish speakers don't use vosotros format for you all)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hhowell4694

Ustedes does not ever mean "they". The verb conjugation that goes with ustedes (Ellos/as) can, but if you say "Ustedes" it is second person plural: you (all)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jmarzw
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honestly its a contraction that I say and hear often, but almost never write or read (imo)

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/amuzulo
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I'm from Pennsylvania and I've never heard it in English before. That must be a regional thing.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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From Oregon, never heard it either. The things we learn on DL. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vicki.kura

You'd think more people would have heard this. Sorry I couldn't resist. Here in the mid-west we speak it but would never write it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Marie282520

You'd better get back by midnight.
Or...christmas song: "you'd better not pout, you'd better not cry.....santa clause is coming to town." You'd be better off admitting it. you'd gone to the mall and did not have permission to drive that Porsche!!! fess up. you'd better tell me the truth.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Brandthacker

I am from virginia and have heard it rarely, and never read or wrote it. Like "You'd have thought that wasn't true"

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hhowell4694

That's "you would have", in the conditional tense, though.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Marie282520

You'd better think about it. You had.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/briarose333

I wouldn't say it's a real contraction, more one that occurs because h is a softer sound that can get cut out if you're saying it fast. so more i'ad a dog is how it would be pronounced, but never written. Like how i'm from the south and often drop g's in gerunds (ex. i'm goin to the store), but I would never write it out that way

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BaiShann
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You can contract "had" if it is used as an auxiliary verb. "I'd come." You cannot contract it if it is used as a principal verb. "I had a dog." That is the same as saying "I possessed a dog." If the latter, it cannot be contracted.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kelly.wolf2

I know this as a contraction of "you would". From central US

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vicki.kura

Yet one would never use it in writing (I'm from the midwest). Drives me nuts that duolingo allows so much slang.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JeffreyCam13

I don't know any slang words in Spanish. Maybe that's why I'm having a hard time understanding how people interpret Spanish on Duolingo.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/YoSoyColson

This can be a contraction of "you had" as well, but it must be followed by a verb. And that's strange vicki, I've seen and used this contraction in text before. I'm from the south. As someone said before, I guess it's a regional thing.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hollyxyzzy
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We're going to have to understand slang when we visit other countries though, best to get used to it now.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/owenvenes
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You'd can mean 'You had' when using in the perfect tense (with another verb following it) but not alone to mean to have something. i.e. You'd spent all your money, you'd been there already. NOT You had a picnic, you had no money. It can also mean 'You would' which doesnt need to be in the perfect tense necessarily. i.e. You'd have spent all your money (perfect), You'd never believe who I met today (not perfect).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hhowell4694

Exactly. (Kind of) in your first example, "spent" is not a verb but rather a past participle. But I think it's obvious what you meant. And don't forget about "would" being used in the conditional tense: I would go if I knew he weren't going. This also brings up subjunctive, though. :/

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/owenvenes
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"spent" is a verb regardless of which form it's in.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hhowell4694

Yep, you're right. I guess I prefer to refer to it as a past participle here because I hear people using the p.p.s wrong all the time and it makes me kinda crazy. (Ex- "I seen it"). In this case it's the same either way.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/owenvenes
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I just didn't want anyone who wasn't familiar with parts of speech to get mixed up. Trivia: In Ireland we commonly use PPs in place of normal past simples in slang. Just like in your example "I seen it". Especial with "done".

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hhowell4694

No, in this specific case it should not be listed as a correct translation (you'd a dog), at least for US English. We contract To Have if it is used as an auxiliary verb, but not when it's used for possession. I think I see where duo was trying to go, though. They're not trying to trick you.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MatthewsDuo

"You would a dog" makes no sense whatsoever

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Geoffcoldwell

This is an oral contraction of "You had". You may hear it said but it should not be used in written English excepted in reported speech.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lunarefiore

I'm from Illinois and I've never heard that. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hollyxyzzy
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I'm a good bit older than most of you, and when I was very small you would hear that usage sometimes. I don't think anybody has said it in fifty years though.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IreneMarwo
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This is not corrrct english. Youwould say " you had a dog?"

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vlastaris

You'd means 'you would',,,,,,not 'you had'

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Iago
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Yes actually. Just unusual. If using the present, no one would bat an eye at "You've a dog" to contract "you have". To use "you'd" is correct and consistent with English rules, it's simply rare and sounds unusual.

5 years ago

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"had" is often contracted when it is an auxiliary verb and this helps put the emphasis back on the main verb, but you don't see this done when it is the main verb. "You've" is also used that way, what part of the country do you live in, because where I am you would get a stare if "have" were not the auxiliary verb.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pamec
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Yes, it is. "You'd" can work as a contraction of either "You had" or "You would". If you look it up in the dictionary you should be able to find it there.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Neptune

This is not correct English. You cannot contract the main verb in this way. Only auxiliaries are contracted. Ex. I've been to Paris. I'd been to Paris before I came here.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zekecoma

"I'd been to Paris before I came here" makes no sense.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hhowell4694

It makes perfect sense to me.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bowmandy

has to be followed by a verb. You'd think you'd know that!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/learnTACO32

Why isnt the "Personal A" present after the verb(tuvieron) in the above sentence? Is it because "un perro" doesn't signify a particular dog/pet? Or is the "Personal A" not allowed to follow Tener? Thanks

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Talca
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tener seems to be the only verb not to take a personal a...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kirsten637255

The personal “a” is not used after the verb tener, or the verb form hay. This is true even if the direct object is a person.

https://studyspanish.com/grammar/lessons/persa

8 months ago

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Maybe because the dog is no longer there, so not using the personal a creates that distance. "You had a dog." implies that you no longer have it, maybe it died or maybe it was given away. If you gave it away, perhaps you were not that attached to it. If the dog were named, I think you would have to use the personal a, but here it is not a specific dog since you are using the indefinite article "un".

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Matt.Brown

Why is it not 'they' for tuvieron ?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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"You all/they/Ustedes" So you can say to a group of people "You (all) had a dog". Tuvieron is past plural for "they had" and "you all had" I hope that helps! :)

3 years ago

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Yes, the verb form "tuvieron" can be used for "Ustedes" which means "You" plural form or for "Ellos" or Ellas" which mean "They". This sentence currently has the pronoun "Ustedes" which specifies "You", I don't know if in the past the pronoun was not included in this sentence, but I am glad it is at this time.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ellen741141

0w6

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ellen741141

G

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JeffreyCam13

So Tuvieron works for singular and plural forms of "had". Past Ex. Lo Vi- I saw it. Las Maestras Vieron ellas- The teachers saw them. El (He) fue mi estudiante. He was my student. Then why Lo Vi, Vieron, and Fue to describe the word "saw"?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hhowell4694

Why are you using ser all of a sudden when the verb you are mentioning is ver? Yo vi, tú viste, él/ella/usted vio, nosotros/as vimos, vosotros/as visteis, ellos/ellas/ustedes vieron.

Fue is from ser and has nothing thing to do with your example. Also, tuvieron is the plural conjugation of tener- in the preterit. It doesn't work for singular. It can only mean they or you all (both groups of more than one person) had.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JeffreyCam13

None of the lessons I have learned up to this point have taught me how to use any of these verbs correctly in the past tense. I understand the present tense but nothing about past tense. This is the first time I've ever seen the term "tener" so I certainly would not know how to use it let alone as a "plural conjugation".

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hhowell4694

Tener is the infinitive form of the verb have. You might find wordreference.com a helpful site. Also, studyspanish.com

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ellen741141

Koi

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GinoSamethini

can you not say?; You did have a dog

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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@GinoSamethini, "did have" would be the past perfect, "had" is the simple past. :)

4 years ago

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Believe it or not, the past perfect would be "had had"! "did have" is simple past emphatic form, negative form and interrogatory form.

GinoSamethini "did have" is used to emphasize that it is true when someone has said "You did not have a dog." You could then say "Yes, I did have a dog." This past construction is also used in questions "Did you have a dog?" as well as in negatives. "did" is not used in regular positive declarative sentences, when you are just telling someone something.

http://conjugueur.reverso.net/conjugaison-anglais-verbe-have.html

http://esl.about.com/od/grammarintermediate/a/Exceptions-To-The-Rule-Do-Did.htm

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jaydak

R.I.P

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zee696522

I thought usteded meant "they" and usted meant "you"

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/BarbaraA.C1

When I was in school, the meaning of ustedes was the plural of you (all of you).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mark518018

Is anyone able to explain to me why the preterite is used here as opposed to the imperfect tense?

1 year ago

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I am not sure, but I think that the preterite puts emphasis on the fact that you no longer have a dog (You had a dog, but now you don't.) while the imperfect puts emphasis on the time that you were with the dog. (You used to have a dog.)

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/swynix

Why not "they had a dog" ???

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hhowell4694

Because Ustedes means You (all), not They.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/name354960

It warms my heart to see that "y'all" is accepted. :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ryoh
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creo que lo significa "you-all had a dog".

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Iago
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This is really starting to become a pet peeve of mine. "You-all" sounds horrendous in English and can be served with the word "you" which is the same in English for both singular and plural. "You had a dog" can be talking to one person or two or many, and "you all" with or without a hypen is hard both on the eye and the ear and brings to mind such butcherings as "y'all" or even "youse".

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ajabrams

Keep you lingual prejudices out of DL please. You all is perfectly acceptable English. Just because it isn't used all over the U.S. doesn't make it less valid. http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Is_'you_all'_correct_grammar

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Iago
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I'm not saying it's incorrect.

I'm saying it's laughably superfluous, and it's pretty obvious that it wouldn't even be used if it wasn't perceived as an easier way of explaining "ustedes."

PS. I don't live in the US, so for all I know it's used all over the damn place :)

5 years ago

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Only the southeast and middle southern states use this form, where are you from?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ajabrams

And yes it is used all over the U.S. It's also hardly superfluous. It is used to better communicate to whom you are speaking in oral language and in written. "I want you all to go to sleep" instead of "I want you to go to sleep" or even "I want all of you to go to sleep". The last is adding an unnecessary word "of". Also "you all" is exactly what usted mean in English so what better way would you have them explain it?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/barnsy
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You both have participated in a dicussion in my opinion "not worthy of your obvious intellects" agree to disagree, move on, but above all keep the discussion board a friendly place to improve every visitors goal , that is to be able to communicate in spanish at what ever level they choose. KEV.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Iago
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In English the word "you" is both plural and singular. In fact, before it became used for singular, the word you was solely plural.

If you're speaking to multiple people, saying "you" will be understood as plural by virtue of the fact that you're addressing more than one person. It's superfluous because of that, because "you" by itself already means, in the proper context, "you-all".

I'm not saying I wouldn't use it, but I would reserve it for emphasis. When simply addressing multiple second persons, it's 100% extraneous and unnecessary.

Don't let that stop you from saying it, of course. It's a free world :)

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vicki.kura

No it is not used all over the U.S. It grates on most of the nations nerves. You yell at someone else for their opinion then you incorrectly state it as fact that it is normal throughout the nation. Complete B.S. It is a southern area thing and it is only a SMALL portion of the U.S. that uses it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarieBarcelona

I agree with you lago, 'y'all' and even 'you guys' isn't British English, but I've come to terms with the fact that Duolingo teaches South American Spanish and also American English, it's obviously an American company, so there's nothing we can do about it really. We gotta suck it up...unless of course you fancy starting a Europe based one with me where we can kick out the 'z's' n put the 's's' back in ;) X

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/matlockmona

"You would a dog" makes no sense. What does that mean?

3 years ago

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"Tuvieron" is They had/you all had . :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/through2014

That was what I put: They had a dog. I am still trying to understand why that is not correct?

3 years ago

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"Ustedes" means "you" plural form (formal plural you form in Spain) and not "they"

"Ellos" and "ellas" are the masculine and feminine forms of the pronoun "they". The masculine form "ellos" is also used for mixed groups of males and females with at least one male in the group.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarieBarcelona

Here in Spain we use Vosotros for plural 'you' and Ustedes for plural 3rd person and 'they'.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andreaja69
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Who are 'we'? Are you Spanish? In Spain the plural 'vosotros' would only be used in informal speech between a group of people who know each other, or by a younger generation which is more informal. Any older generation would always use 'ustedes' when speaking to a group of people they do not know. 'They' is 'ellos/ellas'.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tu.8zPhLD72zzoZN
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Now do you usually use the pronouns though? Don't you mean "Tuvisteis" for plural "you had" and "Tuvieron" is commonly used for "they had" ?

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarieBarcelona

Andreaja69 - yes I agree with you, that's why I was confused as to why when I answered with the presumption that they were using ustedes as the 'they', I was marked as wrong.. I live in Spain and as you rightly point out it can be used as both formal plural 'you' and also as 'them'.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarieBarcelona

Yes it's an error on duolingo part unfortunately because they completely ignore that Spanish from Spain exists!!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andreaja69
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allintolearning - Whether one uses the pronouns or not, one must still know the possible meanings of a particular verb ending. For instance, 'tuvo' could mean, he/she/it/you had (usted). We have no way of knowing. 'Tuvisteis' is indeed plural 'you had . It is the ending for 'vosotros', which is the informal plural of 'tu'. 'Tuvieron' is certainly correct for 'they had', but also translates as 'you had' when referring to 'ustedes', the plural form of the formal 'you, 'usted'. The pronouns 'usted/ustedes' are quite often added to the verb to clarify that the subject of the sentence is not he/she/it or 'they'.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ellen741141

+?

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andreaja69
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MarieBarcelona - Don't forget that 'ustedes' means 'you' , not 'they' in both Spain and Latin America. 'They' would be 'ellos/ellas', although the verb ending is the same. It is only when the pronoun is omitted and you have to depend on the verb ending that there can be some confusion. In this sentence they have included 'ustedes' to make the subject quite clear. Had the subject been 'they', they would have added 'ellos/ellas'. What they do not use in Latin America is 'vosotros' as the plural for 'tu' - they use the verb ending for 'ustedes/ellos/ellas'. All very confusing!

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nc.chelle
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It does advertise itself as teaching Spanish as used in Latin America, so I wouldn't consider it an error on their part. It would be nice if they offered a course for Spanish as from Spain as well. The same is true for English. They advertise as offering American English, but it would be nice for folks to have the chance to choose between American and UK. Maybe someday. Then we could possible have UK English for American English speakers. :D

https://www.duolingo.com/course/es/en/Learn-Spanish-Online

FULL DISCLOSURE: Native English speaker - US, Southern Appalachian dialect. Other uses of English may vary. Advice about Spanish should be taken with a grain of salt.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ellen741141

¤´¬§´{^¿´{¬¿ mgeuk dim

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jmat10
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Just wondering - can this spanish sentence be spoken with a question implied, Ustedes tuvieron un perro?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hhowell4694

Yup, but normally the subject would move behind the verb. Not in every case, but in this one ¿Tuvieron ustedes un perro?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hvw59
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You would (what ? - verb required) a dog?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tu.8zPhLD72zzoZN
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"you'd" is also a contraction for "you had", but we also would not use that contraction if no other verb were following.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Elisabeth_Mercy

why not you had a puppy? puppy and dog are like the same thing

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vicki.kura

Puppy is a baby and a dog is an adult for the most part. They are not the same thing. It is like pointing to a male child and saying "look at that man".

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/winstonspringer

they is appropriate. can mean both

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tu.8zPhLD72zzoZN
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"Tuvieron" without a subject pronoun can mean "they had" or "you had" (plural form). "Ustedes" means "you" plural form and not "they". https://www.thoughtco.com/using-subject-pronouns-spanish-3079374

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fpdavis4

I said "you had a dog" and missed it. What's up? This has happened multiple times

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/doctadank
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I used "You guys had a dog" and got it correct. This is what I would naturally say coming from Northern California.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andreaja69
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That is colloquial, and I'm sure Spanish has a similar phrase, but 'you guys' is not a translation of 'ustedes', which is the formal word for 'you' in the plural.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/heathcliffe

Could you not say "I used to have a dog"?

2 years ago

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11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexanderG584284

I can't use tuviste?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/starhilltesco

"You would a dog" is not a sentence.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hhowell4694

I don't think anyone said it was.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/starhilltesco

The accepted translation "You would a dog" is not a sentence - it lacks the verb contained in "Ustedes tuvieron un perro"

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hhowell4694

Haha oh wow I didn't realize duo listed that as acceptable. Yeah that's not a sentence.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JeffreyCam13

He/She/Them as well as Singular/Plural/Neutral have so many variations of the same word in past tense that I'm confused and struggle with them. Will someone help explain proper usage for future lessons? Thanks.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fred825382

So how does tuverion come from tener

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KarlaGonye0

Can anyone explain in this sentence why "Ustedes" is used and not just "Tu"? Would both be correct?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nc.chelle
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I'm not sure which exercise you are seeing since many exercises link to the same comments. However, assuming that you were given the sentence in English as "You had a dog" then any of the following should be considered correct:

"Ustedes tuvieron un perro." "Usted tuvo un perro." "Tú tuviste un perro." "Tuviste un perro." "Vosotros tuvisteis un perro." "Vosotras tuvisteis un perro." "Tuvisteis un perro."

Some folks might also suggest that you can drop the subject words "ustedes" and "usted" for correct answer, but I do not believe that is correct. From everything I've read, one generally keeps those subject words instead of dropping them like the others as a matter of courtesy. It is held to be more respectful to use them in this form, which is also considered a more respectful, formal tense.

FULL DISCLOSURE: Native English speaker - US, Southern Appalachian dialect. Other uses of English may vary. Advice about Spanish should be taken with a grain of salt.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/monopoly1231

I thought that tener in preterite meant "to have acquired" and tener in imperfect meant "to have had in the past"

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CarrieRoss4

As a Brit I find this bonkers

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CiaranMcCallion

Is there any logical way to know that a 'v' would be added to "tiene" here for the past tense use or is it just a matter of remembering? I understand the "ieron" part but the v just kind of pops out of nowhere.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nc.chelle
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Tener is an irregular verb like estar and ser. These, I'm afraid, we must just remember. I use SpanishDict to help with irregular verbs. There is a conjugation tab on the definition page. There you can find all the conjugations, pronunciations for all of them, and links to pages explaining the various tenses and moods.

http://www.spanishdict.com

FULL DISCLOSURE: Native English speaker - US, Southern Appalachian dialect. Other uses of English may vary. Advice about Spanish should be taken with a grain of salt.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/llamama
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Geez they should have said y'all

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zack_Agent_Abel

Buuuut it died

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Miguel280968

wow! is this a U S tragedy? I'm worried about "tuvieron" (trying to learn spanish) and the whole discussion seems to go around 'd a dog....To contract or not to contract....what a question!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HueroNueve

From where I'm from 'You'd' is for 'You would'. Maybe this is a bug on DLs behalf? "You'd do it if you were making $1,000,000'".

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Miguel280968

I thought you could use it in both need, I had or I would may be I'm wrong... Actually Google gave me this Contractions: 'would' vs 'had'

The auxiliary verbs would and had are both contracted to 'd. How can they be distinguished? • Would is always followed by a verb in the infinitive without the to: I'd like some sugar please. I would like some sugar please. I'd be glad to meet you. I would be glad to meet you.

• Had is followed by a past participle and allows us to conjugate the verb in the Past Perfect: When I arrived, she'd been in my office for two hours. When I arrived, she had been in my office for two hours. Until he bought his sports car, he'd been saving money for years. Before buying his sports car, he had been saving money for years.

Note: Some other expressions (had better, had best...) use had without being followed by a past participle: I'd better leave. I had better leave. It's better if I go. Hope this is making clearer

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Claire083

I was corrected from "you all have a dog" to "you all owned a dog". Now, I get that me saying "have" was wrong because that isn't in the past - I should have said "had a dog".

I'm wondering why they swapped "had" for "owned".

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Miguel280968

Don't know or remember why I'm in this discussion but It looks to me it says: you were a dog! H'm I'd better revise my verbs!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IslaScarr

Surely the plural ustedes which I translated as you all had a dog

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andreaja69
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Certainly in the UK we never use 'you all' to translate the plural pronoun 'ustedes', it is just 'you'. However I'm no sure this is the case in the US.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nc.chelle
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It depends on where you are in the States. In my neck of the woods, it's "y'all". In other areas it is "you", "you all", "youns", or "you guys". There may even be others that I haven't heard yet.

FULL DISCLOSURE: Native English speaker - US, Southern Appalachian dialect. Other uses of English may vary. Advice about Spanish should be taken with a grain of salt.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nc.chelle
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I answered "You all had a dog", and it was accepted today 3/4/2018.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarieBarcelona

This is wrong on many levels, but mainly because, as a person living in Spain as opposed to South America, the use of Ustedes is more likely to refer to 3rd person pural i.e. 'they all' as we use vosotros over here for 'you all'. I can accept that Duolingo only concerns it'self with the Americas and not us here in Europe but it should still accept both answers and not consider it wrong Spanish!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andreaja69
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'Ustedes', in Spain or anywhere else, always means 'you', plural, formal. It does indeed use the same verb ending as 'they', but it certainly does not mean 'they'. 'They' would be 'ellos/ellas'.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pamela700780

Should read they had a dog

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cyberboy64

Than it died :'(

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ajabrams

to Lago

That is utter nonsense. I address my kids all the time and they do not always know if I am addressing them all or individual when I use the word "you".

I also notice that you failed to mention that "you"( ye) was plural because there was already a word for singular "you" - "thou" . Even back then there where two different words for singular and plural "You".

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Iago
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It's a majuscule i, not a miniscule L.

Anyway, I'm not playing a game, I did not sign up for it nor do I care for your rules. Let us simply have a discussion without games or points or winners or losers, and hopefully we can both come away richer from the experience, yes?

You're correct, though, except for a couple points. You was originally the plural for thee, whereas the plural for thou was ye. Thee/you were objective, thou/ye were nominative. Back then there were indeed singular and plural for "you" (four words though, not two as you say) but today that is not the case. Just as "you" no longer has nominative and objective forms in English, neither does it have plural or singular forms any longer. It has only the one form that applies to all uses of the notion of "you."

You are, however, free to use "you all" and indeed even "y'all" or "youse" as much as you choose. I'm not telling you what to do, just what I think.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ajabrams

You said - ""You-all" sounds horrendous in English" which was not stated as opinion. It was not proceeded by "I think", or "in my opinion". You were pontificating as you so often do on here. You were incorrect. It doesn't sound horrendous in English, just to you. Which means your whole original post was superfluous.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Iago
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Okay, so maybe I should clarify this, even though -I THINK- it should be obvious to any sensible person. Any thing that I ever say is nothing but a statement of my opinion. In fact, anything anybody ever says is nothing but a statement of their opinion, because a person is not capable of stating anything else - we are each in a subjective existence, so to imply that I am attempting to state objective facts is ridiculous as I cannot do so. Nobody can, and I hope that you realize this and never take anyone's word as a gospel truth.

So that's my main point. We can all think what we like, and we can also talk about what we think without getting all bitchy and snarky with each other, if we acknowledge the notion that contrary beliefs and opinions do not threaten our own. I have no problem with you -not- thinking that "you all" sounds horrendous, so why must you have a problem with me thinking it does?

To recap, and just as a disclaimer for the people who read a little too much into my words, everything I say is opinion. I refuse to qualify this by putting "I think" or "I believe" or something like that before every single thought I express, so if you really need to see those words there to know that I'm not stating THE way that it IS, then simply put "IMO" mentally before everything I say. Because to expect me to type it out or even say it verbally every time is ridiculous. In this case, I didn't even have to, as "sound" in "sounds horrendous" already itself implies a subjective experience.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ajabrams

Odd - When I say the sun is shinning where I am, it's not my opinion. When I say Threyatuutacke isn't English, it's not my opinion. I think this might be where the disconnect is with you and so many people on here. You come across so poorly because you write as though you are the end all authority when, in fact, you are not. You insult, and then act as though you haven't done any such thing ( it should be obvious to any sensible person). You pontificate, then wonder why people dislike communicating with you. You stated your opinion, which was clearly not a majority opinion since tens of millions of people here in the U.S. use exactly this phrasing, while at the same time, insulting those people that use it. How about this; since you are such a damn expert on English and now Spanish, you could instead take your time actually helping those folks that are not experts here instead of using stark and insults when they make simple mistakes. You could encourage those that get things correct instead of flooding these boards with your inane commentary.

Now I'm sure you'll go on about a blind man not being able to see sunshine B.S. but not being able to see doesn't make the sun shine less. Please go on and have the last word, it seems rather important to you.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IreneMarwo
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It was a typo

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Shamshoomi
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You'd is a known contraction for "you would" or "you should"; However, I have never heard nor seen it used for "you had" before!!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hhowell4694

You'd better think about that again ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Shamshoomi
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Is it really used? I want to know if it is.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hhowell4694

Yes, very much so. Less in written English, but spoken all the time. And as a matter of fact, you'd as a contraction of you+should is very odd to me. I wouldn't say it is incorrect, but it's nothing I would typically hear or would use. I'd say (I would say) that I've (I have) not heard that in real life. But keep in mind that the have here does not denote possession, rather it is used as an auxiliary verb. I can explain more if you'd like but I don't want to clutter this up if you already know what I mean about auxiliary verbs. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/colmiclee

it should read they had a dog

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andreaja69
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They would be 'ellos/ellas' rather than 'ustedes', which is the formal plural form of 'you'.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/colmiclee

it should read they had a dog

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hhowell4694

Ustedes does not mean They

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarieBarcelona

It does in Spain. In Spain Vosotros refers to 'you all' plural and Ustedes is 'they all' unless someone is wanting to be extra formal which is uncommon.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andreaja69
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'Ustedes never means 'they'. 'They' is 'ellos/ellas. 'Vosotros' is indeed the plural of 'tu' (with accent), both meaning 'you' informally; 'ustedes' is the plural of 'usted', both of which mean 'you', formally.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HollyRosco1

Doesn't ustedes mean you all? Not you?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andreaja69
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It depends where you come from. 'You all' sounds very strange to me in the UK. We generally just say 'you', be it singular or plural.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Monomi.

And the dog said "Edward..."

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Peter353009

Then he died

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annalovesgym

=(

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annalovesgym

It's dead ll o

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/P1GG1EP0W3R

What does "ll o" mean? GASP!-Were you trying to say "It's dead lol!" ?!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/xXNoahIsGeniusXx

Why not "You have a clothes-peg"?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hhowell4694

I was going to ask why on earth you would try that, then I checked duo's answers. Sigh.

I did some research and the only place I can find that actually used is the southern cone as slang for a clothes pin. It seems duo is trying to include every possible use of every word because of people over-reporting other uses.

The most common translation of perro is dog. I would just stick to the most obvious answers on here at this point.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Newtgatalie

But then

you killed it.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eleanora454185

My club code is BPER39. It's lots of fun!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mike559515

Whats that abt?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tu.8zPhLD72zzoZN
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On the phone apps, there is a feature called "clubs". You can join one that already exists, but there is a finite number of spaces in each club. You can also create one that others can join. People like to compete with each other and motivate each other in the clubs.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bazballs

youse had a dog is proper english

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tu.8zPhLD72zzoZN
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Please specify where it is used. It is not proper everywhere.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/P1GG1EP0W3R

"Youse" is a term used for a group of "you", according to a few sources. However, it's not common in many parts (or any) of the world.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hhowell4694

I know a girl from Pennsylvania or somewhere up north that says it all the time. Before her I'd never heard it. It's a very specific regional variation. We just talked about it in my linguistics class.

1 year ago