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"Ella ve la gata."

Translation:She sees the cat.

March 23, 2013



I was taught that the word 'cat' is always masculine (gato) but then you would just mention that it was a female if you wanted to be specific


alex- gato is masculine and gata is feminine, so no need to use hembra for female or macho for male.


What is the right pronunciation of ve is it (ve) or (be)


roaa- the sound V doesn't exist in Spanish, so you pronounce half way between B and V



Thank you, mitaine56. Good to know.

But there is something else to consider.

A large portion of native Spanish speakers are located in America. ― Una gran parte de los hablantes de español como lengua materna se localiza en América.

And there are many more who speak Spanish as a second language in America. I am telling you this because I think there are many Spanish speakers in America who like to pronounce a Spanish V like an American English V.

I cannot pronounce a V correctly in Spanish. Maybe I don't try hard enough. But can you blame me? I live in America. So I like to pronounce a Spanish V like an English V.


Why isn't it "Ella ve A la gata"?


I was wondering that, too. I'm assuming that she doesn't attach much importance to the cat so doesn't use "a" but if she did care more about the cat it would read "a la gata." But I'm not fluent in Spanish so am hoping that someone else chimes in.


I've seen people say that you put "a" if it's a pet. This sentence doesn't specify whether it's a pet or not, but I've been marked wrong for not using "a" in the past when there was also no hint the animal was a pet.


raveclassic- Normally for an animated noun, especially if it's your pet, you have to use the personal A.


You don't normally use the personal "a" when animals are involved, though I suppose you can if you want and no one will stop you.


So va means go or goes and ve means see or sees


not just any cat. THE cat!!!!


gata is female cat


well I'm 8 and I'm doing fine


It's a bit confusing because the popup makes it look like it's conjugating both ver and ir. You have to click on ver to see its conjugation. It shows ve is correct.


Isn't 'female cat' not correct as well? In other lessons that was the only correct translation for 'gata' so it would be not consistent to use that here too.


Why did it only say go or hear when i looked?


so "ve" means "see" "hear" and "go"?


"Cat" in Spanish is masculine, "el gato", unless you are specifically referring to a female cat. Duolingo is just plain WRONG to be teaching "cat" as a feminine noun.

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