Why is it Estan please?
According to spanishdict.com, "están" is the present form of "estar" in the third person plural. It means "they are".
See Rae.F below
estan to me is like saying ...they're.
the tomatoes theyre in the bag.
you cant use ' son ' cos the tomatoes are in the bag temporarly. .
Please refer to the chart below. "Permanent" vs "temporary" is an overly simplistic way of looking at it. There is more to it than that.
Los tomates son en la bolsa . Why is this not correct ???
thanks for reminding us of the differences - I keep forgetting how to use Ser and Estar.
I believe estar is used with the location of something.
Because the tomatoes are in the bag temporarily, they will be taken out of the bag later, right? Hence, you use verb estar instead of ser for temporal things.
Temporary vs permanent is not a good way to think of it. Please refer to the graphic in this comment thread.
¿La bolsa o el bolso?
As far as I can see, it's the same bag - el bolso or la bolsa. Both correct, unless there is some particular meaning in Spanish for one or the other
Bolso is a purse.
What's cartera then? I remember DL using cartera for purse
Cartera may be either wallet or purse, depending on the country
Bolso is a more generic word and also includes briefcases, duffle bags, etc
Las tomates? Los tomates
"Tomate" is masculine, so it's "el tomate" and "los tomates".
I used "del" in place of "in the" and it was counted wound wrong. I also used bolsa.
"De" is the wrong preposition, and "el" is the wrong definite article. Bolsa is feminine, so it takes "la". Using "de" here is a possessive form. You said that the tomatoes belong to the bag. It needs to be "Los tomates están en la bolsa."