"Yo tengo un problema con la secretaria."

Translation:I have a problem with the secretary.

6 months ago

28 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Unapersona37

An affair methinks

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Thylacaleo
Thylacaleo
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Perhaps. Or is it that her typing, spelling and grammar are atrocious! =D

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/John998372
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she doesn´t do much work on Fridays (they told us)

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EugeneTiffany

She can't type worth a darn.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wwhalen85

Shouldn't it be "una"?

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Slagar1
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"Problema" is a masculine noun, despite ending on an "a". There are a few exceptions to that rule, and you'll just have to learn them as you go.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SirPugsly
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It's because "problema" is a word taken from Greek. This shows up with many other words such as "dilemma" and "sistema," both being masculine. Happens in Italian too.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EugeneTiffany

Yeah, it's like el dia.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Unapersona37

un tema, un problema, un planeta, un diá all have Greek origins. Therefore, most break the rule

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RyagonIV
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Día doesn't derive from Greek (that would sound more like "emera" and it would be feminine), but it's a Latin origin, from the masculine "diēs", which got vulgarised to "*dia" while keeping its gender.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EvgeniyChe3
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Why should it be "una"? Una is used for feminine nouns, whereas "problema" is definitely masculine noun, therefore it uses "un".

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EugeneTiffany

A NEG-lingot for you

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hey-Salut-Hola

Office drama!

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kayje_

Probably because she works so little in the office

4 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SGuthrie0

Another correct answer is that "the" is a definite article and is translated by "el, la," and not by "una/una".

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EugeneTiffany

Why do you say the use of "the" is "another correct answer"?

What is the other correct answer?

I don't see how there could be any other than the one shown at the top of the page.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tvindy
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The question wasn't 100% clear and has at least two different interpretations. Since it's unclear which question is being asked, there are two correct answers, one for each question.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sguthrie1

Thanks, Twindy. Congrats on your 981 days. Almost 1000!

3 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tvindy
tvindy
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Thank you!

3 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LaylahTrev

I understand that "problema" is a masculine noun from reading the other comments and replies, but is there a way to tell between masculine and feminine words when they don't follow the usual rule? Or are they just exceptions you have to get used to?

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RyagonIV
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There are some patterns, but for some other words you can only memorise. Those original Greek-neutral nouns almost all end on '-ma': problema, dilema, tema, drama, programa, and so on. Then you have the job names ending on '-ta' which you can use for either gender: el/la artista, arquitecta, optimista, poeta, fundamentalista, et cetera. And there are those more-or-less one-ofs, like "el mapa", "el avión", and "la mano".

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IOK-1
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One can translate "yo escribo una carta" as either "I write a letter" or "I'm writing a letter", so why is "I'm having a problem" not accepted as a correct translation for "yo tengo un problema"?

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RyagonIV
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"Have" is one of the verbs that is used in the progressive tense only in certain situations. You can be "having a drink", "having a party", or "having a shower". These are all uses where it can be expressed with a different verb, "drinking", "partying", or "showering", respectively. But when it comes to using "have" to say that you own something, using the progressive tense and saying "I'm having a car" is very weird. Same with "a problem".

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sguthrie1

I gave you an up vote for a good answer. However, I suggest that "I'm having a problem" with my secretary is perfectly acceptable.

I suggest that the issue of "ownership" is fairly clear with cars. But not so clear with "problems." For example, I could say "I am having car problems."

3 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RyagonIV
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Hm, right. Reconsidering this, "I'm having a [thing]" also sounds like you're experiencing something. Like you could "be having a moment", or "having an experience". I think "problem" can fall under that. "I'm having a problem with my secretary" still sounds somewhat weird to me, though. Like you didn't have a choice in choosing one and require a new one, now. "I'm having a problem with Photoshop" is more familiar.

3 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/John998372
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For "I'm having a problem with..." this is not ownership but a temporary state that is expected to be rectified and sounds good English to me. For car, you could express a near future receipt "I am having a car for my birthday" (lucky person!).

3 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/macfarlanerick

What is the problem with writing "Tengo" instead of Yo tengo?

1 day ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RyagonIV
RyagonIV
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No problem with that. Personal subject pronouns can usually be dropped.

1 day ago
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