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"¿Están durmiendo los niños?"

Translation:Are the children sleeping?

March 20, 2013



Can you say "Estan los ninos durmiendo?" or does that sound awkward in Spanish?


You can't split the verbs.


I can see the logic in that, but can you say "Los niños están durmiendo?"


I don't think so. In spanish, questions usually start with a verb.


"¿Los niños están durmiendo?" is acceptable question structure.

Spanish questions often begin with an interrogative or a verb.

But there is no requirement to do so.

Subject - verb - object is grammatically correct (and common) for spanish question word structure.


Here are two examples where the subject is placed between two verbs:

¿Están ustedes comiendo?

¿Pueden ellas demostrar eso?

However, i can't find any examples where the subject between two verbs includes an article. Maybe the subject has to be a pronoun for this type of word order? I'm having a hard time finding rules on this type of question structure which doesn't contain interrogative words. The few I have found avoids the topic of subject placement.


It would be good to get a native speakers/ advanced spanish speakers opinion on this please!


Ok I started a discussion topic on this and apparently the verbs can be split: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/11590244$comment_id=11591502


You can split the verbs.


According to this, in the past perfect, for yes-no questions, the subject goes at the end.

The auxiliary verb (haber) and the main verb cannot be separated. http://www.studyspanish.com/lessons/pastperfect.htm


why is "are the children asleep" wrong?


I did the same thing (almost . . . I had "are the kids asleep").


could it also be "estan durmiendo a los ninos"? or "los ninos estan durmiendo"


I thought gerunds were verb forms used as nouns, e.g. Running is good exercise. These mostly look like present participles to me. Is the definition different in Spanish?


silpha2! Yes gerunds are nouns.,Gerundio is never a noun. Gerundio is for instance used with estar as an auxilary verb and is then like present continuous but restricted to what is happening now.

We are swimming/Estamos nadando BUT Swimming is nice/Nadar es bonito



Good observation.

An English gerund is a (English) present participle that is used as a noun.

The present participle is also used, in English, to form the present progressive (continuous) tense. ( I am running.)

"Running is good exercise" = "El correr es un buen ejercicio". (Although Duo usually does not use the "el" with the gerund-infinitive.)
'I am running" = "Estoy corriendo.


Now I know how to say 'sleeping' and 'walking' in spanish. So, how do I say 'sleepwalking'?


Say el sonambulismo. You cannot use the Spanish gerundio as a noun or an adjective


Could someone clarify this for me. I swear I have heard durmiendo used as an action particularly like, estoy durmiendo mi bebe. "I am putting my baby to sleep".


Yes, it is used as an action, in the present progressive tense.
See my comment above.

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