"It is an Italian family."
Translation:Es una familia italiana.
When duolingo corrects me here, it doesn't tell me WHAT (infinitive) word I have wrong.
Instead of "You used the tú form "eres" instead of the él/ella/usted form "es".
it should say
You used the tú form OF SER "eres" instead of the él/ella/usted form "es". And ser should be hyperlinked to a table of the different forms. It's so odd that it wants me to get the grammar without ever presenting it. 5 minutes with flashcards got me the conjugations of ser and estar better than hours with DL. This is one thing it's bad at.
The app does not have the grammar notes, you can find those on the website the app is meant to be used with. They will display fine in a mobile browser.
I agree they should be here, but I'm happy to have them spend their time and money on more languages rather than more app features.
estar is for condition/location and ser for permanence/long duration (in general rule). But for example there's another rule, when we're talking bout days, you must think it's temporary, but we use ser. But you can get used to it easily. You have do and make, but we inly have hacer, but practicing, i got when to use em
In first person singular, if there is no preceding pronoun are you to always assume the translation meaning is "it" rather than possibly "he" or "she"? In this sentence's verb case, does "es..." always mean "it is..." and if was the meaning was "he is..." or "she is..." then you have to use "el es..." or "ella es..."?
cause in spanish we have "sujeto tácito" "it" is not he or she, it's just it. It doesn't represents any subject. To say it in this case, we just put the verb cause there's no subject in the sentence. I hope it makes sense but here you have some examples: es viernes (it is friday), es mi marido (it is my husband), and es muy bueno (it is so good).
Toss "es" into a translation website by itself (pun not intended) and it comes back as either "it is," or "it's."
I was having issues while learning Italian until it dawned on me the that "it" is the non-people version of s/he as in animals or objects. She, he, it.
- the dog barks = el perro ladra
- it barks = larda
- the door opens = la puerta se abre
- it opens = se abre
Lardar = to bark
- Yo = ladro
- Tu = ladras
- El/Ella /It = ladra
Abrir = *To Open"
- Yo = abro
- Tu = bres
- El/Ella /It = abre
Es is the third person singular (él/ella) for "Ser" (to be).
So es kindda, sorta does = it though not really
Can anyone help with respect to the criteria to use "de"? Here we say "familia Italiana" meaning an Italian family but we also say "el ensalada de tomate" meaning a tomato salad.
Conjecture tells me that both "Italiana" and "tomate" are adjectives here describing the nouns "family" and "salad" respectively.
I don't quite understand this difference in the adjective usage. Can anyone clarify? Thanks!
Cause there's not a exact word for "it" in spanish. We have the "sujeto tácito" (a subject that is not written in the sentence but is actually there) When you see "it" in a sentence, it's better not to put any subject but conjugate the verb in third singualr person (for he/she/it). So it would be "(sujeto tácito/it) es una familia italiana". Hope it helps.