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"Ella es una verdadera madre."

Translation:She is a true mother.

5 years ago

46 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/goshgollygod
goshgollygod
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Unlike those fake, wannabe poser mothers.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AchyuthanS

As opposed to statues of mothers, made of terracotta?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PharaohDelMundo

Why does the verdadera come before the madre?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JohnHatchell

If verdadera came after madre then it would mean she really has children. What this sentence is saying is she has those qualities that truly define motherhood.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/samiamran
samiamran
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thanks for the elucidation

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Owlspotting
Owlspotting
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So can "Ella es una madre verdadera" mean "She is a biological mother"?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Silvermist03

I thought it meant that she really cared about her kids, not just sent them off to daycare cause she didn't want to be bothered actually raising them.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Owlspotting
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If the comment from JohnHatchell is correct, the sense you have described looks like it's consistent with "verdadera madre" (more evaluative in nature, like "gran casa" (vs "casa grande")); I was asking if "madre verdadera" could be used in the more-objective, less-evaluative sense of denoting that she is a biological mother, without commenting on how well she embodies the characteristics of motherhood.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mark49948

If I say she is truly a mother, I'm assuming the meaning of being a 'true' mother is lost ? (I'm not sure why that is : but semantics can be challenging)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SGuthrie0

I think that"she is truly a mother" and "she is a true mother" are pretty much the same.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/almarioboter
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Gracias

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/liraneitan

This is very helpful. Thanks!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BijayShah1

Yeah helpful indeed

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnnaNeuhard

Thank you for this link....very helpful.

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chistesen

An adjective is placed before the noun instead of its usual place after it to emphasize the quality the adjective expresses.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cooldharma

I have same question. Anybody?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jindr004
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same answer.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dougconnah

I think truthful would be "sincera," as in the song lyric: "Yo soy un hombre sincero…"

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gulmer
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True does not mean truthful in this context. They are using it to mean genuine, authentic, the real deal, etc...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mech-Tec

I translated it to "She is a real mother." So would this work, or will too many people ask to see my previous plastic mom?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Paminala
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They accept 'she is a real mother' which has certain connotations when said in English. Is the meaning the same in Spanish?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flint72
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What does that mean, and in what dialect of English?

To me (Hiberno-English) it would have the same meaning as the Spanish, namely "she is a proper/ genuine/ true mother".

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jkk8043
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It can be a really foul thing to say in English. It's leaving off a word so as to sound less offensive, without actually being less offensive. But no, I don't think it can have the same (foul) meaning in Spanish.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bdbarber

I believe you are thinking about "He is a real mother"

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Paminala
Paminala
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He, She, or It--I've heard that expression used with any of the three. (Not that I've ever said such a thing myself :) )

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/12345679u
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Like my mum :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/madewa12

She is a real mother. Context important here.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tsteele456

could someone please explain to me the difference between cierto and verdadera?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/martinlus
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Cierto is more akin to certain or sure.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AchilleTal

Sure sounds like 'veritable' to me.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/frn_8
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So next time I'll say 'It's true', It's valid to say 'es/lo/el verdadero' ?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alichaudry
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Why isn't 'she is a vegetable mother' accepted? J/K. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chistesen

Caution: there are slang meanings of 'madre' that are not used in polite/formal company.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TFG
TFG
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You know, unlike all those fake mothers

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IanComyns

Verified mother got marked wrong.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dai260917

What in Hell is a "true mother"?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bowlerae

Those R's and D's are so difficult for me

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JeffDarby
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So are some lessons in Duolingo.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jbokhari

Could this mean truthful too/instead? Somewhat unnatural to call someone true imo. True to your word maybe...

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

I see it along the lines of she is the 'true, genuine, honest-to-goodness, actual embodiment of what it means to be a mother.' Like saying MJ was 'truly a basketball player/ a true basketball player." In construction, if something is built accurately, to specs, it is 'true,'

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SusieY

I tried 'genuine' but it was not accepted. I like your explanation though.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JEHBARNINO

There is only one "True Mother"! And THAT... Is the "Motherland"!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dpackage

...shut yo mouth. Im just talkin bout Shaft!

3 years ago