bonit@ is the diminutive of buen@ = good. It can be translated as nice, lovely, pretty... So both are correct.
bonit@ is the diminutive of buen@ = good.
Where did you get that from? Bonito comes from the diminutive of bueno, but it's not a diminutive.
"My wife and I lived in a nice house" should also be accepted, since the Preterite form of this verb is also "vivimos"
It's a bit troublesome, since "living somewhere" is usually a more continuous thing, so you'd use the imperfect tense, vivíamos.
I wrote..."my wife and I, we live in a pretty house". It was not accepted. Thoughts?
It's pretty close, but if you want to comma off the subject and repeat it, you can do it in the Spanish sentence: "Mi esposa y yo, nosotras vivimos en una casa bonita."
I tried the slower pronunciation of this. I originally had it just as it was written above. The slow pronunciation was so garbled (en-I?)that I changed it and got in wrong.
For non-living objects they are relatively close in meaning. "Pretty" is just "nice on the eyes".
Would somebody please lay out the differences of vivo, vive, vivimos and such? I know they have different meanings but sometimes I can get confused. For instance, what is the correct word if you are talking past tense (lived)? Thanks!
Spanish verbs get conjugated to contain three characteristics: grammatical person of the subject (who does the action: I, you, he/she/it, we, you (pl.), they), tense (when the action happens: present, preterite, imperfect, future), and mood (the circumstances of the action: indicative, conditional, imperative, subjunctive). Depending on how much detail you put, in, the conjugation tables can get quite big.
Vivo, vive and vivimos are all present-tense indicative conjugations. So the action happens now (or in the near future), and it is a stated fact that it happens. The conjugation for this tense looks like this:
- yo vivo
- tú vives
- él/ella/usted vive
- nosotros/as vivimos
- (vosotros/as vivís)
- ellos/ellas/ustedes viven
- (vos vivís)
(The forms in parentheses are not used in most variations of Spanish.)
So vivo always means "I live", vive means "he/she/it lives" or a formal "you live", and vivimos can mean "we live" or "we lived".
Regular verbs whose infinitive (base) form ends on -ar or -ir (like hablar or escribir), have the same form for the nosotros conjugation in both present and preterite tense, so vivimos can refer to either present or a point in the past. The full preterite conjugation looks like this:
- yo viví
- tú viviste
- él/ella/usted vivió
- nosotros/as vivimos
- (vosotros/as vivisteis)
- ellos/ellas/ustedes vivieron
- (vos viviste)