"You have finished reading the book."

Translation:Tú has terminado de leer el libro.

April 11, 2018


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Can you say "Has terminado leyendo el libro"?

May 4, 2018


Yes, but it would mean something very different. The verb form "leyendo" is what is called a gerundio in Spanish. It is often confused with what we call a gerund in English. The two words share a common root, but their grammatical function is very different.

The English sentence is using the gerund, a verb form that always and only functions as a noun. The Spanish equivalent of the gerund is the infinitive (in this case, "leer"). The Spanish gerundio never functions as a noun. It's an adverb or it is used in progressive tenses along with "estar" (e.g., "estoy leyendo" = "I'm reading").

So, what does it mean to use it in your question? It's like asking, "have you ended up by reading the book?" That sounds weird, but I'm sure there's a context in which it would make sense.

To say "to finish doing something" use "terminar" + "de" + infinitive. With "terminar" + gerundio you are saying "to end up doing something."

November 22, 2018


Tú has acabado de leer el libro. was accepted. How are acabar and terminar different?

May 3, 2018


I omitted the "Tu" and was marked incorrect. "Has terminado de leer el libro" is technically correct, yes?

April 11, 2018


Unfortunately when Duolingo releases new sentences they don't have all the possible translations and contributors must complete that hard work that takes months.

April 12, 2018

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Accepted on April 20th, 2018.

April 20, 2018


Yes it is. I think many times the DL "bot" expects a word by word translation that messes with us!!

April 11, 2018


Why can’t you say Has terminando leyendo el libro

November 1, 2018


That just makes no sense in Spanish.

Verbs for stopping use de then an infinitive.

November 1, 2018


Thanks, that is really helpful. I will now put it into practice. Thanks again

November 15, 2018


Thanks for the clue. It's great to read contributions that solve the immediate problem, and also provide a broader perspective around the issue.

November 14, 2018


Also leyendo, comiendo, bebiendo, corriendo those type of verbs are used for an active verb. example estoy leyendo el libro or estas bebiendo vino. As mentioned earlier this is someone stopping an activity. I hope that helps a little.

February 22, 2019
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