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"We do not have cups!"

Translation:¡No tenemos tazas!

March 20, 2013



why is los (the) not accepted here. it should be correct as well. I cannot tell when to add it or not. I seem to get busted by Duo for adding it sometimes and not adding it others. What is the pattern? It makes sense both ways to me.


Yes, it's tricky. But if you say "No tenemos las tazas", you are refering to certain cups whereas in "¡No tenemos tazas!", what you mean is that you have no cups.


I'm not sure if las would be accepted, but los wouldn't be accepted because tazas is femine.


sophie- no it wouldn't.


In a more literal translation, if you were to use the "LAS" article (not los bcuz tazas is feminine) before the word tazas in this sentence, you would be saying "We do not have "the" cups. Instead of simply saying "We do not have cups"


I wish i knew there could be multiple answers on these

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¡Dios mío!


Please, don't panic; they're just cups.


"And, it has 'Don't Panic!' in large, friendly letters on the back cover."


Is there a difference between taza vs vaso. Vaso seems to mean glasses and cups but taza = cups?


The rule I've heard is that if it has a handle, it's a copa or taza. If it's a glass in English, it is un vaso. The way I remember is by similarity: copa is cup, vaso is 'vase' (most wine and liquor glasses have shapes similar to vases). Hope this helps.


Why is the placement of "no" important in this sentence?


Its the way the sentence structure, and the way spanish-speaking countries say it. :)


Duolingo forgot to put "We only have McDonalds cups!" behind this sentence.


When I wrote "No nosotros tenemos tazas" it was marked incorrect. Why was that incorrect please?


@JLotus...I know you asked this question a long time ago and most likely already know the answer...but for those newbies reading the comments and wanting to know...when you wrote "No nosotros tenemos tazas," you literally wrote "No we have cups." The "no" after "nosotros " is like the word "don't," so, you want to say, "Nosotros no tenemos tazas. (We don't have cups.)


I believe the pronoun must come before the word 'No'. "Nosotros no tenemos tazas" just sounds better. Kind of like "Yo no sé" or "tú no tomas"


I typed that, but they still counted it as wrong.


I had the same scenario as you. Did you ever get an answer why it was marked incorrect?


It's quite possible Duo rejected "nosotros." The pronoun is completely unnecessary and omitted by native speakers, however it's not really grammatically incorrect. Duo is inconsistent in this. Sometimes it's acceptable and sometimes it's not. Understand it should not be included, despite being grammatically correct, and you'll be fine.

If that wasn't the issue, then please flag your answer as correct.


I used the plural of cups and the answer was marked as incorrect


I wrote "nosotros no tengo tazas" but it gave me wrong... whats difference btw tengo,tenemos ??

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When you write tengo it means "I have", when you write tenemos it means "WE have."


could someone say nosotros no tenemos tazas?


Yup. One cool thing about Spanish is that if the verbs ending makes it obvious as to who is performing the action, you don't need the pronoun. In this case the -emos makes it clear so you don't technically need to include Nosotros, but you can.

Cross reference with French, if I'm not mistaken you always need the pronoun.


ok yeah i always forget these little details lol thanks a bunch bro!


It totally dudnt accept tazas at all for me yet it shoukd have been an acceptable answer... i donr get this app sometimes. Teaches me one word then insists that i use a word it hasnt taught me in plave of tge one i know when both are correct...


Uhhh so I wrote "¡Nosotros no tenemos tazas!" but the system told me to write "¡Nosotros no tenemos copa!" What is happening? I don't see what's wrong.


Is there such a word as tengomos?


No. But there is tengamos.


I was hoping somebody would ask this question, why isn't tengamos accepted in this case? I used that rather than tenemos and it was counted as incorrect...any help would be great!! Thanks :)


Tengamos is subjunctive and imperative mood, if you say "No tengamos tazas" it would be interpreted as imperative and it would mean "Let's not have cups". Subjunctive would normally be used in subordinated clauses.


Thank you much! I think I understand what the difference is now!!!


What would "tenemos no tazas" mean something different or just unnatural?


That doesn't make sense, you have to negate the verb, not the noun.


sternfire- the negation always comes before the verb.


No, because tener(to have) is the stem verb. Tengo is the yo form of the verb. Tenemos is the We form. You cannot combine them :) hope this helps :)


So when would/could tengamos be used???


I just tried tengamos to see if it would be correct, normally would have just used tenemos, but wanted to try. When I clicked on the word in English (to double check that what I thought was in fact correct) I saw tengamos as an option/alternative, so figured I would try it. But I believe I understand the difference now.


Should "Tenemos no tazas" be exceptable as "We have no cups" ?


No because you negate the verb not the noun.


How do we know when to use "tenemos" this kimd of thing always gets me

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( I )yo tengo, (YOU) tu tienes, (HE/SHE) él/ella/usted tiene, (WE) nosotros tenemos , (YOU) vosotros tenéis, (THEY) ellos/ustedes tienen




I was worried I'd get it wrong for not including the article 'las'. In a previous question, "you go to bed", I wrote 'Vas a cama' and got marked incorrect for not including 'la'.

Can anyone shed more light on when you do NOT need the article?


Okay, the sentence up top says tazas is the correct answer, but for me it said I was wrong and wrote vasos!


Is the we implied by tenemos if so would no tiene tazas still work for i dont have cups because i thought i needed to use the plural form of have for a plural noun...


Verb: tener Yo no tengo tazas Tú no tienes tazas Él/ella/usted no tiene tazas Nosotros no tenemos tazas Ellos/ellas/Ustedes no tienen tazas

You don't need the subject pronoun (unless contextually you'd need to include it to clarify, like in the third person singular/plural) because the ending signifies who is performing the action.

If you consider the sentence "we have a bathroom" it is possible for multiple people to have a single thing


These multiple choices are poorly constructed. You don't really have to think. Consequently, you don't learn anything.


While that's true if you're using the process of elimination to identify the correct options, you can still learn something by taking the time to translate each sentence. I find that somewhat instructive, though I fully admit some are just nonsense. The point is that you can read them and determine that they truly are nonsense or are not so close (but still illustrate a useful phrase in Spanish) or are very close (but not close enough).


Mine wasn't multiple choice, i had to type the words from memory, and then it told me tazas was wrong, that cups (plural) is copa (singular).


En el ejercicio estaba escrito: No tenemos taza! como correcto.


La soluciòn tiene taza en singular, no en plural: tazas.


Answer given said it should be taza not the answer of tazas I gave.


Why is tazas wrong?


Why is "nosotros no tenemos tazas" wrong? it said that "tazas" should be "copa", what's the difference?




Something wrong here?


In Malaga the waiters call a glass a copa


Copa and taza both mean cup, but copa is also used to mean stemware and, by extension, any glass used to serve wine or alcohol.


In English you would say, "We have no cups" or "We don't have cups" or "We don't have any cups" whereas "We don't have the cups" , except in a particular, defining situation, does not sound gramatically correct.


Ok, this whole time, duo keeps telling me cups = tazas. So now it tells me to type a translation for ",We do not have cups" so i put "nosotros no tenemos tazas", and now duo says, "PSYCH! It's copa!" This is bull boogers is what it is. If you want to introduce a new word, then introduce it, but don't tell me tazas = cups then tell me it is wrong and slap me in the face for not using a word i never saw before. Geez! I really want to learn Spanish, but this crap is about to send me looking for a different app/method.


It's not going to get better for you. If your tolerance for ambiguity is no better than this, you most certainly should look for a different app/method. On the other hand, if you can check your ego at the door and spend some time reading the comments and roll with it, you can learn more than a great deal. Your choice.


It's a glitch, notice how everyone one in the comments is having the exact same issue


My answer - Nosotros no tenemos tazas - was marked wrong. Why?


Why is... Nosotros no tenemos tazas.... wrong??? Isnt it the same as saying, " No tenemos tazas!


Yes and no. Native Spanish speakers rarely include subject pronouns when it's obvious what that pronoun is. So, including it can seem wrong when it's absolutely correct from a technical grammar point of view. Have you ever been counted wrong for omitting a subject pronoun in Duo? I find myself getting in the habit of leaving them out and I believe that's a good thing.


Handy resources to learn Spanish conjugation?


I really like Linguasorb's app. SpanishDict is a wonderful resource for looking up verbs and double-checking things, but Linguasorb seems better suited to testing your memory and drilling you on the correct conjugations. I highly recommend it.


No tengamos tazas is what the dictionary thing keeps telling to write but then it tells me that it's wrong and to write tenemos.


Why is it still in the dictionary thing?! Can someone fix it please?


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why are you shouting?


The Affirmative Imperative of Tener in this sentence is Nosotros tengamos and we know it is the Imperative due to the explanation marks. The negative of the Imperative is Nosotros no tengamos. Since nosotros is not required, I typed ¡No tengamos tazas! and it was marked wrong. I have reported it.


The exclamation mark means it's an exclamation, not necessarily a command. The imperative is reserved for command-like statements. This is just someone excited about the lack of cups.


Thank you for your explanation and I can see that it is not a command. It is good to know the difference. Here is a lingot.


Gracias y de nada.

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