https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JosephSchn978114

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.

February 23, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LaurianaB

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!

February 23, 2018

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

Lauriana You're so good at explaining! It's really hard for me to explain sometimes. xD

February 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LaurianaB

Thank you, Rebecca:). That means a lot! Have a lingot

February 23, 2018

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

No problem :)

February 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dutchesse722

Maybe "Ella cena pollo" could also be translated as "She dines on chicken?"

February 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LaurianaB

Exactly:).

February 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jellybean3242006

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

February 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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

February 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Savannah444

yep

February 23, 2018

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

Mhm.

February 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LaurianaB

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...

February 23, 2018

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

Lauriana True.

February 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/El_Sr_Alberto

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

February 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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

February 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cxnnor

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.

February 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SGuthrie0

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

February 24, 2018

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

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

February 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jazon992972

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

March 3, 2018
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