"You are opening the suitcases now."
Translation:Tú abres las maletas ahora.
I used "abre" as the usted form and Duo told me that "abre" is the command form and I should have used the "tu" form. Is "abra" not the command form?
Both abre and abra are command forms.
Indicative (statement form):
- tú abres
- usted abre
- vosotros abrís
- ustedes abren
Imperative (command form):
- tú: abre
- usted: abra
- vosotros: abrid
- ustedes: abran
Write this in Spanish: You are opening the suitcases now. Me: abres las maletas ahora. Red X: You used the plural "maletas" here instead of the singular "maleta" Suggested sentence: the one above next to "meaning" except the underlined mistake is under "las ma"
There are lots of mistakes with the underlines _ highlighting the ęrror. It seems to be in the wrøng place most of the time.
The underlining of the sentence works in a weird way at the moment. It writes your sentence, then underlines the missplet word, and then replaces that sentence with the correction, still keeping the underlining in the same spot.
Judging by the position, I'd say that it tried to underline the maletas in the sentence you suggested. Your sentence wasn't wrong in the first place, though.
Yes, same error on the part of Duolingo. Lots of "glitches" in this new version!
Told to translate into Spanish, I wrote:
"Estás abriendo la maleta ahora."
I made a mistake writing the singular la maleta instead of the plural; Duolingo said I was correct.
Duolingo, here's my report:
My answer should not have been accepted.
To ease your mind, it is now marked wrong :-D I made the same mistake, am wondering though (and will try next round) if estás abriendo is acceptable here :-) - - - yep, works :-)
Like English, Spanish also has a progressive form that you can use if you want to put focus on the process that is happening at the moment. It would be formed, similarly to English, with a form of estar and the gerundio of the main verb: "Tú estás abriendo las maletas."
If you just use the simple-present form, "Tú abres las maletas", it is not entirely clear if you're talking about a one-time event or a habitual action, though the use of the article las should tip you off:
- Abres las maletas. - You're opening the suitcases. (specific suitcases)
- Abres maletas. - You open suitcases. (any suitcases)
To make things clearer, you can use helper words, like ahora here, or "a menudo" ("often") or something. Spanish also has the handy verb soler, which means "to usually do something": "Tú sueles abrir las maletas" - "You usually open the suitcases."
To make the sentence into a question, you can just frame it in question marks: "¿Tú abres las maletas?" - "Are you opening the suitcases?" Spanish yes-or-no questions usually use the same word order as the corresponding statements.