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"La madre les da una pelota grande."

Translation:The mother is giving them a large ball.

March 15, 2018



"The" mother is a correct construction but it is nearly NEVER used. Her mother, his mother, their mother our mother or just Mother are all usable. Maybe in theatrical stage directions, or reference to animals are the only ways to give "The" mother reasonable purpose.

July 18, 2018


As usual with DL, we don't know the context and we can't presuppose anything without more info. So, 'the mother' is certainly a correct option.

Agreed, 'their mother' is also correct because it's right to use 'la' for 'their' when referring to family members, and 'mother' without the article is also correct. DL should either accept all 3, or add more context to limit the options.

September 15, 2018


I can imagine 'the mother' being used as description in a children's picture book, maybe?

July 18, 2018


Or in a police report or in social services document maybe

April 8, 2019


I can’t see it. You might say That mother.or This mother if talking about a particular mother but not The mother.

September 6, 2019


Have you ever read children's stories? Or newspaper articles? "Felicia Muñoz is desperate. The mother of two works at a bakery in ..."

September 8, 2019


In English the article is commonly left out and most of the time Duo allows that. What's up with this sentence? Don't see why simply "Mother is giving them..." isn't correct?

August 15, 2018


The article is usually left out in English when making a generalisation. That's not the case here, we're talking about a very certain mother.

February 2, 2019


Or perhaps in reference to a nun, but I doubt in this instance they are.

August 19, 2018


"Their mother is giving them a large ball," accepted 07 Feb 2019. Thanks to those who reported!

February 7, 2019


What about an answer to the question "did the mother or father give them a ball?"

January 23, 2019


Madre is mother. Señora is a lady.

May 21, 2018


Why isn't it: The mother - gives- them a large ball. ?

December 17, 2018


That would also be an okay translation, but English prefers using the present progressive - "is giving" - when talking about action that don't happen repeatedly.

February 2, 2019


The speaker sounds to me as though he's saying "la madre LE da una pelota grande" The male speaker often seems to slur the words slightly. Does anyone else find that?

April 8, 2019


Yes. Both the male and the female speaker tend to aspirate the 's' at the end of a word, so that it's almost not audible. It will be closer to a 'h' then. As far as I know, that softening of a final 's' is typical for some Central American and Caribbean accents.

April 8, 2019


What would the formal dance word for ball be?

August 19, 2018


Pelota is a ball you play with, like pelota de beisbol. A dance is baile.

October 17, 2018


"La madre les esta dando..." should translate to "The mother is GIVING...". "da" could imply "giving" but saying "gives" should also be correct, IMO.

March 17, 2019


Why is it “les” and not “los”?

September 5, 2018


The ball is the direct object. The them (the children?) is the indirect object and therefore gets an indirect object pronoun (les). "Los" is for direct objects.

September 5, 2018


It's an indirect object. Mom is giving "to them ".

January 29, 2019


I wrote big ball and got marked wrong??? That should be correct!

May 24, 2019


Does anyone know why "da" and not "dar"

August 5, 2018


"Dar" is the infinitive form of the verb = to give. The question is, who is giving?

SHE is la madre. SHE is giving ....'

yo doy = I'm giving tú das = you're giving el, ella da = he (or she) is giving

September 13, 2018


les da una, the sentence was not entirely read, what left is ''les a''. Is this the way spanish people speak?

October 20, 2018


When you speak fast, you'll start slurring the words, but it should still be a bit more than "les a". Maybe something more like "lesauna".

February 2, 2019


Please rewrite your sentence/statement. It doesn't make much sense as is.

October 27, 2018


When you speak the phrase, why do some of the words turn blue and others stay black?

August 30, 2019


In English a ball could be a party. Slightly confusing.

August 9, 2019


To put the article there is very close to an insult. And besides, there is no hint to whose mother we are talking about.

July 25, 2018


The Lady should be accepted

March 15, 2018


The lady = la señora.

August 22, 2018


The Lady should be accepted

March 15, 2018
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