"Tenemos tres millones de dólares."

Translation:We have three million dollars.

May 9, 2018


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Is this a sentence I will be using often?

January 1, 2019


hope so

April 17, 2019


Pro'ly not.

March 9, 2019


Why is "de" necessary? Couldn't you say Tenemos tres millones dólares?

May 9, 2018


The word 'Millón' is a noun. When you want to use a noun to describe the quantity another noun like this, you use the word 'of'.

i.e. I have 3 buckets OF fish.

It's the same thing, only English has this weird exception to that rule with 'million'. Spanish does not. Of=de.

July 7, 2018


English tends to treat numbers as adjectives, so we say things like "There are 3 dogs" or "I have $3,000" as opposed to "I'd like 4 of hot dogs, please" or "Give me 3 million of dollars or the cat gets it!"

Numerous counterexamples exist where numbers can be nouns, but they are mainly expressed as adjectives.

December 3, 2018


Does this apply to "mil" also?

July 19, 2019


No, that applies only ot millón and the higher numbers.

  • mil dólares - a thousand dollars
  • diez mil dólares - ten thousand dollars
  • cien mil dólares - a hundred thousand dollars
  • un millón de dólares - a million dollars
  • diez millones de dólares - ten million dollars
July 19, 2019


Why is a million different than any other number? You can say "tengo tres dólares"?

December 15, 2018


It's simply the way it is. There's no real reason to it. Millón, millardo, billón and so on are nouns which cannot be used as numerals, and the smaller numbers can.

February 4, 2019


"We have $3,000,000" should be accepted.

July 7, 2018


I guess... but it is simpler just to type out the words.

July 18, 2018


Tried "$3 million". Every time before this one Duo has accepted a dollar sign and the number. Why change that pattern now?

August 7, 2018


It simply hasn't been added to the accepted list yet. Report it if you want to.

September 17, 2018


In Mexico a "$3,000,000" price tag means 3,000,000 pesos.

April 20, 2019


Lol, I doubt it if I use this sentence in real life :D

August 23, 2019


Sometimes "de" is required for the correct answer and sometimes it's marked wrong. Why?

November 13, 2018


If the two words you are connecting are both nouns use 'de'. If the second one is an adjective don't.

November 13, 2018


Ok de is about according to the drop down. Why is it not in the translation?

May 17, 2019


De can translate as "about", but not here. How would you even incorporate that in this sentence?

You should avoid trying to directly translate prepositions. They always have to be viewed in context. Here it's used because millón and dólar are both nouns, but in English they aren't, so the de remains untranslated.

May 18, 2019


English version: Is the plural "s" of dollars really necessary?

July 27, 2019


In English? Yeah, you need the "s" on dollars. Saying "We have three million dollar," wouldn't make sense. If there's more than one, it's plural, and 3 million is a lot more than one.

Apologies if I misunderstood the question.

July 27, 2019


Thanks! You understood the question perfectly. I'm not a native speaker. Still the question remains: Why is it the "one-million-dollar-question"?

July 27, 2019


English has the fun ability to mash two nouns together and combine them into a single "complex noun". "Window" and "glass" become "window glass" and so on.

You usually get told that "the first word is an adjective" in these combinations, but you don't usually get told what that means. Here's what it means: English adjectives don't have plural forms. You have a "student council" even though it's intended for multiple students, and at a "book sale" they sell multiple books.

This lack of a plural form becomes blatantly obvious when you add a specific number. If a steak costs nine dollars, it'll be a "nine-dollar steak", and your "eight-hour job" makes you work for eight hours.

July 27, 2019


Lol... you beat me to by seconds RyagonIV. I'm glad though because your answer is perfect. I couldn't have done better. A lingot for you! (even though I know you've probably got thousands like me).

July 27, 2019


Gorgeous explanation!

July 27, 2019


Yep. Ryagon is know for such things.

July 27, 2019


No matter how hard I tried and how often I slowed this down I could not understand her.

August 11, 2019
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