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"Debo correr."

Translation:I have to run.

April 11, 2014


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Corre, Forrest, corre!

June 30, 2015


Yo soy nadia.(i am nobody)

March 15, 2018


i think a better translation would be "yo no soy nadie", spanish uses double negatives, and nadie is nadie no matter the gender

May 18, 2019


Yo soy nadie.

September 30, 2019


I was thinking here of 'I must run' as in 'I need to be off'. Does this work the same in Spanish?

February 9, 2015


I was also wondering "I ought to run" should be an option - thank you -SL

June 28, 2014


No, because that's debería, not debo. Should vs must

February 9, 2016


DL is not very clear. I used should for debo and it was accepted. I would really like to understand the difference between debo deberia

May 15, 2017


Exactly. But they marked "must" wrong!

November 12, 2017


Hi crisjordan, they marked 'must' correct for me today (18-11-2018). The differences between the interpretations of the various tenses of 'deber' has been the subject of alot of discussion on this forum, and pretty much all of it has been inconclusive.

November 18, 2018


No they didn`t. I answered in English, not Spanish.

November 12, 2017


Me, too. I've submitted it.

September 5, 2014


Why not "I ought to run"???

April 11, 2014


Think should vs must. Debería is should and debo is must

February 9, 2016


To me 'ought to' is not as strong as must, more like a strong suggestion, maybe 'deberia' is better

January 31, 2015


501 Spanish Verbs lists ought as one of the definitions of deber.

July 29, 2015


so debo is the same as "tengo que"?

May 27, 2015


They are similar, but not exactly the same. «Debo» = I must, «Tengo que» = I have to.

For the most part, «debo» is self imposed, while «tengo que» is externally imposed. It can be tricky since sometimes the lines are blurred in both languages for effect, but it's not the norm.

For example:

  • Estoy gordo, no debo comer más dulces si quiero bajar de peso. (Self imposed)
  • Estoy gordo, tengo que bajar de peso para ingresar al ejército. (Externally imposed)
June 23, 2015


I ought to run?? I'm having trouble with the difference between debe and debería.

September 5, 2015


Debería is conditional where debe isn't. Think of debe as a self-command: I MUST. Debería is more of a suggestion: I OUGHT to or I'd better do something. Honestly though, I don't hear deber a lot on conversation and kind of disagree with duolingo's emphasis and translation of deber.

October 9, 2015


I think the confusion is that people like me expect "debo" to mean "must", but it means "should" according to the official translation. ("Must" is, at least, accepted in answers.)

January 24, 2018


Take only something like "I should run" and remember that in English English at least, context becomes important.

It can be used when you are in a hurry and speaking to a friend and say "I should run", you may mean you have to catch a train or whatever, or it could be "I should run" (because I need to lose weight), context will dictate the meaning.

In the same way, "must" is exactly the same, except in English it would indicate more of an urgency or necessity generally. "I must run" (because the Doctor says I HAVE to or else) or "I must run" (because if I don't go NOW, I will really miss the train)

Could just be another example of Duo the owl and perhaps American vs English English, who knows?

January 24, 2018


Very good

April 24, 2018


Cual es la diferencia entre "deberia correr" y "debo correr"?

October 16, 2015


Others have already responded to this, above, but anyway..."Deberia correr" is "I ought to run", while "Debo correr" is "I must run".

October 16, 2015


I am still very confused about when 'deber' means "should" and when it means "must." Can anyone explain?

January 12, 2017


Indicative Present = debo = I must Conditional Present = Debería = I should/ought to

February 15, 2017


I wrote "I will run." Duolingo marked it wrong and said it should be "I'll run." They obviously need to change this.

April 24, 2017


Odd. Neither of those options is correct, so I'm not sure why it would've suggested "I'll run" either.

"I'll run" is «Correré» or «Voy a correr». The latter is actually "I'm going to run", but sometimes it's translated as the future tense in English.

April 24, 2017


I went for "I will run" as well, but I have noticed "shall" being used in some DL options - I haven't heard anyone under 70 years of age use shall as a word in many years - it's amost disappeared along with forsooth and gadzooks in common use. 2c worth, since DL seems to be American in origin judging from the spelling mistakes - ooops - differences, so that may account for some answers?

July 4, 2017


Why is "I need to run" not correct?

August 31, 2015


"I need to run" would be "Necesito correr".

October 16, 2015


Man, context is important here.

November 30, 2015


does the mean I have to leave now or I really need to run like in a competition ?

April 24, 2016


I have a need... A need for SPEED!!!

July 13, 2016


I though it could've been, I ought to run.

October 3, 2016


If you must run but have not yet started then you need to run. Muddled thinking or over thinking?

January 17, 2017


I ought to run.

Isn't this the same?

June 24, 2017


Yes and no.

Yes in the sense that if the correct translation were actually what Duolingo has, "I ought to run" should be acceptable too.

However, the correct translation of «Debo correr» is actually "I must run". I should (ought to) run is «Debería correr».

The reason is that just like "must" is not the same as "should/ought" in English, «debo» is not the same as «debería» in Spanish. They have the same distinctions.

Unfortunately, this is an incredibly common mistake in most learning platforms and materials I've seen and it leads to all manner of confusion.

June 24, 2017


It would be nice to see the english meaning if you get it wrong

January 17, 2018


Wouldn't it be better to say 'Debería correr' instead? I mean I feel like it's closer to the real meaning... Isn't "debo correr" more like I must run or I ought to run?

March 3, 2018



March 15, 2018


This is the most confusing lesson I have done so far! In one example, DEBO means MUST, in the next example, it means SHOULD! There is a big difference between the two meanings!

March 19, 2018


I have used "better" as in I better run! , And do not understand why it is not accepted..Maybe this is poor english?, but being a west coast USA'er, "I better run" would be more common that "I should run"....

May 14, 2018


Adrianauna, as in all things DuoLingo, it's not what you or I or anyone else uses that is a "correct" answer, it's the answer that DL wants you, I and everyone else to actually give.

And that's life! (I have a wee notebook that I write these things down in when I come across them, "1" - it reinforces it for the next time, and "2" - keeps the streak going.

Have a Lingot on me for the question!


or my wee musings and occasional thoughts

May 14, 2018


In English, "I should run" can be somewhat idiomatic, meaning "I need to leave now" or something to that effect. Can it have the same meaning in Spanish?

October 29, 2018


My answer should be (ought to) be accepted

March 7, 2019
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