"Lo siento, esta mañana mi padre está muy ocupado."

Translation:I'm sorry, this morning my father is very busy.

7 months ago

49 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Rachel742001

To people asking: manana means both morning and tomorrow. You have to figure it out by using the context. "This tomorrow" doesnt make sense; therefore, it would be "this morning"

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EugeneTiffany

Not quite. "La mañana" translates as morning while just "mañana" translates as tomorrow. It is not a case of mañana translating as BOTH morning and tomorrow. That would be totally confusing. Here, "esta" (this) stands in for the "la" as you sort of implied, ballpark wise speaking. I need to give you one thumbs down to negate at least one of all thumbs up that have been given you by people you misinformed.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AntwanSell

I'm going what the other guy said.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EugeneTiffany

I am sure you will see the light eventually. Duolingo has been redesigned to not allow ignorance to forge ahead. In the early days one could make as many as three errors and be able to jump to the next lesson. Too bad you weren't around then. You would do well.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Linda_from_NJ

Haha, EugeneTiffany, I gave you a thumbs up for the same reason. Do I remember rightly that "mañana a mañana" means "tomorrow morning?"

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EugeneTiffany

I can't remember for sure but I think you may be right.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/grafduckula
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I think that's "mañana por la mañana".

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AfikMenash

Mañana means tomorrow, no? Here the meaning is "morning". Two negatives meanings for one word?

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Deb1134
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I know mañana por la mañana means tomorrow morning. I think this example is similar to that one.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TonySmith17

As far as I know "Mañana" is Tomorrow while "La mañana" is Morning but this doesn't fit for the current exercise.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Linda_from_NJ

Neither "tomorrow" nor "morning" is a negative word.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/10oZENwy

I'm confused with the esta vs. este again...shouldn't it be "este muy ocupado" because este is masculine?

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/duckwantbread

The 'this' in this sentence is referring to 'morning', therefore you need to match the gender of mañana, not padre.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EugeneTiffany

You need to use accents when they are called for. esta is not the same as está.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Madison358260

Dosen't "mañana" mean tommorow?

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Isabella84292

Yes! That is exactly what I thought! Isn't manana tomorrow, not morning?!?!

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EugeneTiffany

The word "la" together with the word, "mañana" as "la mañans" means "morning". It's the combo that does the trick. The two words together. Combined.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lee_2018
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In english they use to say tomorrow meaning next day and morrow for morning, so yes... mañana is tomorrow and esta mañana means this morning.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Linda_from_NJ

"Esta mañana" is a literal translation of "this morning," but not one that is used by native Spanish speakers. Basically, "esta mañana" is Spanglish. When studying a language, you have to accept how native speakers use their language. Connotative Spanish usage is found in EugeneTiffany's comments on this page.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EugeneTiffany

Linda, could you provide us with a citation for what you said. How do you know that esta mañana isn't real Spanish? This is a serious question. I would like see anything on the Internet posted by a reputable source that provides the information that "esta mañana" is Spanglish. This would be important to know and understand.

Okay, before I saved this I Googled esta mañana and saw a huge number of links of Spanish pages, and not many English ones. Saw that there was a Spanish speaking TV show called, ESTA MAÑANA. There are lots of web sites about that, in Spanish. Also saw that "esta noche" is also an existing Spanish phrase.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tessbee
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I think she may have meant "en la mañana". I believe "esta mañana" is a legit Spanish phrase, and I've also seen it everywhere. In a forum on spanishdict, a native speaker said that ' "Some people say Mañana en la mañana" but that's not really the Spanish way. We use "por la mañana, por la tarde, y por la noche" for "in the morning, in the afternoon, and in the evening." ' (her words).

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gax_up

Is it wrong to say: " mi padre es muy ocupado esta manana" ?

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EugeneTiffany

That translates as: My father is very busy this morning.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Brady4Heritage

why is he sorry 4 that?

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ana97944

Mañana means tomorrow, but la mañana means morning.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EugeneTiffany

Right. Negated a thumbs down and gave you a lingot.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DerekThomp8

Is no one confused as to why occupied is wrong? If anything, wouldn't it be more correct, since occupied is the direct translation of ocupado?

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EugeneTiffany

You are correct. But why stop there since "ocupado" can be translated as, busy , occupied , taken , engaged , kept?

The thing is though, since Duolingo is not teaching us translation, all the possible synonyms for any given word in existence are not in the database. And no amount of reports will get them there.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Linda_from_NJ

Not true. When enough native speakers go up the reverse tree, as you are doing, and give their corrections and feedback, the database of alternate translations and interpretations will eventually grow. Remember, over two million people are working on this. Besides, who wants to learn a language and not learn the synonyms it contains?

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EugeneTiffany

Duro can be translated as: hard , tough , harsh , difficult , stiff , severe , hardcore , strong , stale , stern , stubborn , unkind , intensive , adamant , hard-hearted , hard-boiled
Adverb: rough
Noun: die-hard , hard-liner

So you are expecting Duolingo to eventually support all those words in the lessons?

Good luck with your Pollyanna thinking.

It will never happen, and mainly because Duolingo is not in the business of teaching us translation.

What Duolingo is trying to do here is teach us to think in Spanish like the natives do with all thought about English left behind.

Let me ask you, are you one of those students who like to believe that being fluent in Spanish means being able to do translations in one's head really well? I have news if that be the case. Being fluent does not work like that.

If Duolingo was teaching translation and will one day provide all the different ways to say something in English, why would Duolingo do that? Are we all supposed to be working here to become Professional Translators? Is that it? There could be no other reason.

Note: the "reverse" course has nothing to do with this one. It is for Spanish speaking people who want to learn English and the authors are most likely native Spanish speakers (at least, that's my guess as it makes the most sense), while here they are most likely native English speakers who have studied Spanish for some time. They know English well.

There is no tie or association between the two courses.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SaulSnatsky

"Ocupado" meant worried in another Duo line, and here it means busy. It should still mean worried because he could be unless we know more about the situation, i.e., he might be very busy worrying.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EugeneTiffany

Rather, preocupado "meant worried in another line."

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/arnulo
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.... my father is really busy. It was accepted.

You can use really to emphasize an adjective.

https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/really

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/James369084

I am sorry is the same as I'm sorry. I am is more proper then I'm.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Danielconcasco
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There's nothing improper about I'm. It's a bit less formal to use a contraction, but it's not wrong.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tlokken
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I'm sorry, this morning is my father very busy

Was not accepted

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/grafduckula
grafduckula
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For good reason. In English, the word order does matter. "Is my father very busy" would be a question. "My father is very busy" is a statement. So there is quite a difference.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JeffDolim

I would say I'm sorry, my father is very busy this morning but I'm sure that would be counted as a wrong answer?

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HansChrsit

"This morning" is past, so my father "was" very busy.. but Duo told me wrong!

4 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/grafduckula
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If this sentence is spoken during the morning, then it's not past. You can easily differentiate from the original one as well. Past tense would be "fue", not "está".

4 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PavniJagpa

It should be was very busy not is very busy since it is past tense

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ptygj

It's morning. The phone rings. The son answers, and the voice on the other end says, 'Hello young man, is your father free to talk about car insurance?' The son very wisely responds, 'I'm sorry, my father is very busy this morning', and hangs up the phone.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Linda_from_NJ

Spanish speakers often use the present tense where English speakers would use a different tense, and that is colloquial usage. What is key here is that "es" is the verb used in this Spanish sentence, and there is no logical reason why the translation can't be word for word.

Connotative interpretations are really only acceptable when the target or source language uses specific colloquialisms that cannot be translated literally and still retain the same meaning. For example, Spanish speakers say "Lo siento" (I feel it) to mean "I'm sorry," and this is colloquial usage in both languages. However, there is just no reason to change "es" to "fue" in this sentence, especially since the speaker could be speaking during the morning in question.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/peter.yaco

Its not in proper order. Im sorry, my father is very busy this morning.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EugeneTiffany

Perer, you are using the way English is structured to evaluate Spanish and you need to leave off doing that. Spanish is a different language with its own syntax.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TonySmith17

Also accepted. ☺️

6 months ago
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