"Soccer is not very fun."

Translation:El fútbol no es muy divertido.

April 9, 2018



Do you need the "El"?

June 3, 2018


The "el" is required when talking about an idea and this is an instance of soccer being a general idea, so the "el" is necessary.

July 25, 2018


I completely agree. The El is not needed there at all.

June 12, 2018


Te equivocas, es necesario y obligatorio en este caso, sin él, la frase está mal y evidencia un nivel no muy alto del español.

August 13, 2018


How would I be able to differenciate the "the (EL)"_in_the_general_use, vs the "the (EL)"_in_the_SPECIFIC_use?

Can you please give me some examples how to use

"EL partido _ the general use" vs.

"EL_partido _ the Specific one"


August 26, 2018


You are speaking about the concept itself, and there is only one concept of fútbol, so you say "El fútbol".

Usually, by context you can tell if you are talking about the concept or a specific stance, and you say it more explicitly if what you say doesn't match the usual usage.

"El fútbol es aburrido" = "Football is boring"

"El fútbol de los chilenos es aburrido" = "The football Chileans play is boring"

"El partido es aburrido" = "The game is boring"

"Los partidos en general son aburridos" = "Games are boring in general"

"El agua es húmeda" = "Water is humid"

"El agua está húmeda" = "The water is humid"

May 4, 2019


Thanks so much! I'm giving you some lingots ♥

May 22, 2019



September 25, 2019


You always need "el" when referring to an improper noun.

June 9, 2019


Same here 1122P - I don't get how I know when it is specific and when it is a general statement. Maybe someone will trip over this and answer our question :-)

March 9, 2019



January 19, 2019


there are a lot more el's in spanish than "the's" in english. This is one case, another is "on sunday" = el domingo. Also its "el senor esta borracho . Its an el of a problem and gives us an el of a time. :-)

July 31, 2019


It is required though. I didn't have it and got it wrong.

July 7, 2018


Duo lingo needs alot of updates to these answers and questions

July 11, 2018


Yeah i also thought the el made no sense. Then again most of the rules in Spanish don't seem to either. No wonder so many Latinos don't even bother learning English. Unlearning all their busted rules must be mind blowing

September 25, 2019


Why is it "el futbol" and not just "futbol"??

June 23, 2018


In Spanish when you speak of something in general, not a specific soccer game but all soccer, it requires the el.

July 10, 2018


This actually is super helpful! Thanks!

September 22, 2018


That's opposite of English. The football game vs. football (general).

February 4, 2019


i wish you could save responses like this

June 3, 2019


You can bookmark this sentence discussion. Scroll to the top and at the right you can click on "Follow discussion".

June 4, 2019


Why can't I say "un futbol" in general meaning?

June 5, 2019


No spanish speaking person has said that ever@

August 10, 2018


They can say it only inside their heads if they don't want to appear as aliens.

May 4, 2019


Says every person with a brain.

August 1, 2019


Way too much negativity on football...

December 4, 2018



August 1, 2019


The "El" is killing me!

July 31, 2018


Mentiras. El fútbol es muy muy divertido

July 15, 2018


When would you say "not very fun"? I would say not much fun or not very much fun.

October 14, 2018


You would use "Not very fun" in every case you would use "Not much fun"; they both mean the exact same thing and are interchangeable. Depending on where you grew up, one would sound more natural and familiar.

October 14, 2018


Not a good English translation for El fùtbol no es divertido. It should not be Soccer is not very fun, it should be Soccer is not much fun...... Pero, a mi parecer el fùtbol es aburrido, prefiero el rugby! HAHA

October 5, 2019


I've flown through every other section but when and when not to use 'El' is killing me on this one! I just can't get it. It feels like I'm saying 'THE football is not very fun' which just doesn't make sense in my head.

December 17, 2018


Same. The explanations above make sense:

"The "el" is required when talking about an idea and this is an instance of soccer being a general idea, so the "el" is necessary." "In Spanish when you speak of something in general, not a specific soccer game but all soccer, it requires the el."

But it's still tripping me up. I think it's just something we'll have to get used to.

December 17, 2018


Yes that does help, thanks. I think I'll still struggle with what is considered a general idea but just have to keep trying!

December 17, 2018


Ok. I understand that you need the "el" for general ideas, like in this examples, but you also need it in specific examples, verdad? Por ejemplo, "El partido de fútbol..."

October 20, 2018



October 21, 2018


Youre not saying "el partido de el fútbol" though, so still a valid statement.

December 12, 2018


You cannot say "not very fun " in English. "not much fun" I would think is the correct expression.

March 29, 2019


A lot of people keep saying this, but it's 100% not true. I've spoken English exclusively my entire life, and plenty of people speak this way, even in professional contexts.

March 29, 2019


Soccer is not MUCH fun!

July 9, 2019


Muy is very

Mucho is much

July 9, 2019


Sentence is incorrect duo owl! Should be: El fútbol es muy divertido.

December 29, 2018


Since we are talking in general, why is "El partido de futbol no es muy divertido" not correct. Sorry, my keyboard does not have the appropriate accents above letters. This question addresses "El partido de futbol" vs. "El futbol"

February 9, 2019


never used in UK. Soccer is not fun

March 9, 2019


Very not needed. Not english!

June 26, 2019


Agreed, why is the "el" needed? Duo is inconsistent with when articles are needed. That doesn't help people learn.

June 28, 2018


When it is a general idea, as it is here, you need the "el".

July 27, 2018


The subject of a sentence in Spanish generally needs an article or something else to specify it (like "este" or "un").

September 21, 2018


Is there a spanish word to distinguish fun and funny

August 7, 2018


My question is about muy. I never know when to put the adverb in front or behind the verb. Anybody have a simple rule to determine the placement of the adverb?

September 20, 2018


You put it after the verb, like English.

September 22, 2018


At last! a comment about football I can relate to

October 28, 2018


Different topic.....i answered divertida would divertido have been correct? I'm struggling with this issue please ayuda

January 4, 2019


You would have to use divertido here, and not divertida. That is because your adjectives have to agree in gender with the noun it's describing. Divertido, in this exercise, is being used to describe el fútbol. Because el fūtbol is masculine, divertido also has to be masculine. In general, masculine adjectives will end in an -o, and feminine ones with an -a. However there are adjectives that end in neither, like interesante. Those adjectives don't require modifying to match gender.

January 23, 2019


Is there ever an instance when one would start a sentence with just fútbol without el?

February 10, 2019


is el that needed?

February 26, 2019


See various comments above :-)

March 1, 2019


In English, "not very fun" is not grammatically correct.

March 9, 2019


Why is "ser" used here and not "estar"?

April 3, 2019


Why is it masculine divertido?

May 13, 2019


I wanted to knon if it is more accurate to use ' no es' or ' es no' because I wanted to make sure that I learn it right.

May 27, 2019


El fútbol no es divertidisíma is also an acceptable answer

May 29, 2019


Slaat goddome nergens op

June 4, 2019


Keeps forcing me to say football isnt fun ... what agenda does duo have ?

June 12, 2019


What does the sentence mean without the el?

June 28, 2019


What's the difference between divertido and divertida

July 16, 2019


I don't understand why you have to include the el before

July 31, 2019


The "el" is necessary because you always must put the article when you referring a thing, but when you refereed to a noun you can skip that.

August 12, 2019


Soccer is not much fun. 'very fun' is grammatically incorrect.

August 12, 2019



August 14, 2019


Took me all day but finally got it right

August 21, 2019


Is it better to say 'much' here rather than very ?

August 30, 2019


They need the( EL)!!!!!!!!!!!! And soccer is good!!!!!

September 2, 2019


I am still confused as to the correct answer to this question. I am English, as far as I know, it has always been , FOOTBALL IS NOT MUCH FUN. Or just simply, Football's not fun. (Unless of course you think it is)

September 3, 2019


When you said the same sentence using baseball you marked it wrong when I did use El now in football you say El is wrong> Make up your mind. Which is it?

September 5, 2019


Did Duolingo teach us to use the El before fútbol and béisbol? I don't like learning by getting something wrong.

September 8, 2019


Yes you need el. ㅋㅋㅋ

September 10, 2019


how do you know when to use divertido or divertida?

September 13, 2019


El futbol es muy divertido..

The negative of this statement doesn't exist. Duolingo is wrong, should be sued.

September 18, 2019


When can i use divertida and divertido, really bugging me.

September 26, 2019


"Soccer is not very fun" is grammatically incorrect. Instead, one would say, "Soccer is not much fun".

September 5, 2018


Depends on where you are from. Where I am from, "Soccer is not much fun" sounds very unnatural, whereas "Soccer is not very fun" is perfectly fine.

June 4, 2019


Your knowledge of the English language is very poor!

July 9, 2019


Not nearly as poor as you are arrogant.

August 12, 2019


here is a link which shows the problem:https://www.quora.com/Why-is-very-good-correct-but-very-fun-not-in-English. The writer says he prefers to see it as a adjective, I was taught it 'fun' was used as a noun in this context, an uncountable noun and you can't say 'very water' can you. Please do not make uncalled for personal attacks, it only shows that you are not prepared to deal with the issue at hand.

August 12, 2019


There are 4 million results for "not very fun" because it is a normal part of English. Grammar is descriptive, not prescriptive, and there will always be exceptions.

August 21, 2019


El fútbol no es mucho divertido.

April 17, 2019


You are wrong.

August 12, 2019


stupid el keeps trippin me up

July 31, 2019


Why does it say soccer?! It kinda anoyes me as im English

September 25, 2019


Soccer is more common and unambiguous. The term also originates in England.

September 25, 2019


The english to translate in the question is not how how English people would express that sentiment. They would probably say "Soccer is not much fun" not "very"

December 8, 2018


'THE' is not used in English sentence then why 'El' is used in Spanish translation

July 25, 2019


why the freak do i need the el!!!!! it's completely unnecessary

July 31, 2019


"Very fun" is often used by young children who are still learning to speak!

August 14, 2019


This is ridiculous. Im tired of the unnecessary articles

August 5, 2018


But in Spanish it IS necessary, it's just that what it means in English doesn't require an article. What you are essentially saying is, "I'm tired of learning Spanish because it's different from English."

August 6, 2018


So in that instance what would "Fútbol no es muy divertido" translate to, would there be any kind of misunderstanding?

However I understand and will apply the logic you've explained.

May 30, 2019


If someone said "Soccer are not very fun", you would probably understand it, but you would also think they don't speak English properly.

Similarly, if you said "Fútbol no es muy divertido" a Spanish speaker would probably understand you, but they wouldn't think you spoke Spanish properly.

July 25, 2019
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