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"Mi hermana es mayor que mi hermano."

Translation:My sister is older than my brother.

March 22, 2013



Is it incorrect to use "mas viejo/a" over "mayor"?


it is like "bigger" over "more big"


I used the word, "bigger" instead of "older" which I knew DL was expecting. I got shot down, of coutse. And I reported that my answer should hsve been accepted.

Here is what "mayor" means. Higher.

As an adjective it means, higher, largest, biggest, major, high, bigger, senior, main, elder, utmost, big, chief, adult.

As a noun it means, senior, elderly, elder, chief, capital, boss.

It has a abbreviation which is, Maj.

What I get out of all this is that mayor means, superior.


Since we were previously taught that "mas + adjective" is the equivalent to a comparative adjective in English, it seems logical that "mas viejo" would be the same as "older". But I don't know whether this is an exception. I hope someone from a Spanish-speaking country can enlighten us.


I know what you mean. Not great learning two words so close in sound and spelling in same module. Same issue when we learned cebolla and caballo, spelling?


But, in spite of their spelling, "caballo" /kah-BAH-lyo/ sounds quite different than "cebolla" /seh-BOH-lya/.


Is it wrong to use 'elder' instead of 'older'??


No it's not, but according to Duolingo it is. ;)


Help! Sometimes hard to hear difference between mejor que and mayor que.


I hear "mayor": /mah-YOR/, or perhaps, /mah, JOR/
"mejor": /meh-HOR/, just a stronger "h" in "HOR".


I would suggest doing the "slower" playback so that you can hear the sentence better if you're having trouble. Let me know if that works for you!


i just put 'mi hermana es mejor que mi hermano' freudian slip? lol


Mayor also means bigger. Making it possible to select both words, they should both be evaluated as correct


I typed "my sister es older than my Brother" sure no problem i'll try to do it a fifth time, i didn't even want to finnish it.


Why does the first mi have an accent, but not the second one?


Neither has an accent.... mi (no accent) = my (for a singular item, m or f). Remember it is mis for multiple possessions. Mi hermano, mis hermanos


There is something wrong with DL; t doesn't like my voice it constantly marks my vocal replies as wrong


I'm getting no audio on this. I posted a report

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