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"Why are the girls tired?"

Translation:¿Por qué están cansadas las niñas?

March 18, 2013



Why isn't the question ¿por qué están las niñas cansadas?


I think because it would be translated to " why are the tired girls?" which is not even a question


I am wondering the same thing


Why can't you say "Por que las ninjas estan cansadas"?


That's what I wrote and it was accepted, only I wrote "niñas" instead of "ninjas".


in this statement it seems that the condition of the girls is a fact, so why not use ser verbs.


The issue is not whether their state of being tired is a fact, but whether it is a permanent, life-long condition or a temporary condition. Soy cansado = I am tired all of the time, all my life estoy cansado = I am tired right now In either of my situations, my current condition (tiredness) is a fact


Couldn't you say ellas, as well as ninas?


Technically you could, but 'ellas' means feminine 'they', while 'ninas' is 'girls'.


I don't understand the difference between estoy and soy. Help? I guess I can google it too.


Estoy and soy are both the ''I am'' forms of the verbs, which both mean ''to be.'' However, they're used in different circumstances. Soy refers to something that you are forever, that is an inherent state. I am a girl, I am a parent, etc. Estoy is used for location, feeling, or temporary states. So ''Estoy en la biblioteca" means ''I am at the library''--you're not going to be at the library forever, just for a little while. ''Estoy triste,"" means you're sad, but you're not sad forever.


"How you feel and where you are--that is when you use estar" ...That's just an easy way to remember it. But yeah, google it


I am confused as to why 'cansadas' comes after the verb and not after 'las niñas?


This type of question is typically formed by reversing the order of the subject and the verb. The adjective immediately follows the 'to be' verb (so long as neither is modified), and thus comes in between. Time words like 'hoy' still come at the end. Las niñas están cansadas hoy. The girls are tired today. ¿Por qué están cansadas las niñas hoy? Think of it as: Why are they tired, the girls today? I should also point out that 'las niñas cansadas' means 'the tired girls.'

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