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I don't understand.

Spanish lessons In an exercise where I am to select the words to match

She eats chicken for dinner.

Ella cena pollo is said to be the correct response. That translates to She Dinner Chicken. I would expect Ella come pollo para la cena.

6 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/LaurianaB
LaurianaB
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The "cena" in this case is a conjugation of the verb cenar, which is basically "to eat dinner." So "cena" as a verb is "she dinners," essentially. La cena of course still means the dinner. I hope this helps!

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RebekahW.
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Lauriana You're so good at explaining! It's really hard for me to explain sometimes. xD

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LaurianaB
LaurianaB
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Thank you, Rebecca:). That means a lot! Have a lingot

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RebekahW.
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No problem :)

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dutchesse722
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Maybe "Ella cena pollo" could also be translated as "She dines on chicken?"

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LaurianaB
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Exactly:).

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jellybean3242006

Thanks for asking this question, I had the same question.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cxnnor
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Cena is a noun for dinner and also a conjugation of cenar, (meaning to eat dinner) in the present tense él/ella/usted form.

It's the same with desayuna (to have breakfast) and almorzar (to have lunch).

The best way to think of this is that instead of "ella come pollo para la cena", in Spanish we can say I lunch chicken, or I breakfast cereal as I way of saying I eat something for breakfast or lunch.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DjAngel971

The "cena" in this case is a conjugation of the verb cenar, which is basically "to eat dinner." So "cena" as a verb is "she dinners," essentially

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Savannah444

yep

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RebekahW.
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Mhm.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LaurianaB
LaurianaB
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Yes, actually it was copied. However I don't mind that much, because everyone can see that so clearly.

But don't let originality die, everyone...

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RebekahW.
RebekahW.
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Lauriana True.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BradR11

An idiosyncracy of Spanish. Part of the fun of learning Spanish!

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mike413694

Dinner can be "la cena" a noun. Or "cenar" a verb meaning to dine/have dinner/having dinner.

Por lo tanto, your sentence above, "Ella cena pollo" , she - dines/is dining - chicken.... is correct.

Translation is not always directly literal word for word, there is no gold standard on how to translate.

It's more like, you should learn how it can be said in their language, and what that sequence of words means in their language.... NOT what it literally,means in English

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SGuthrie0

In English, we might say "let's lunch together." Same idea.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rand-Alfaris

Because the word "cena" can be used as a verb in Spanish.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jazon992972

para la cena o en la cena, ambos serian correctas.

6 months ago