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"It is a long absence."

Translation:Es una ausencia larga.

March 24, 2013



┬┐Cual es la differencia entre "Es una ausencia larga" y "Es una larga ausencia"?


Ninguna. Son intercambiables.


Adjectives in Spanish are normally after the noun.
However, when emphasis on the adjective is desired (For your example, it would be a really long absence), then it can come before the noun.

Here is a link to back it up: https://www.spanishdict.com/guide/adjective-placement


What is absence?


In this context of education it refers to missing class. Of someone being absent (not present) from class. Generally absent=not present


Inside or outside the context of education it simply means not being present. ''Absence makes the heart grow fonder''.


Why is it ser, being absent isnt permanent, unless in this case is it suggesting its permanent like a terminal ilness or they dont look like their coming back...


The "Temporary vs. Permanent" rule of thumb can be very problematic.
Instead, think of it more like "Character vs Condition".
In this case the "absence" is a characteristic of what "it" is

For an even more thorough explanation, see the link:


can it be "un" instead of "una"? is that ok?


Articles needs to agree in gender and number of the noun it is describing.
Since "ausencia" is female, "una" must be used.


just a few lessons back I wrote 'ausencia larga' and duo corrected it as 'larga ausencia'. I went to check the comments and someone wrote that the adjectives that describe quantity goes before the nouns they describe. so I wrote 'larga ausencia' here and duo now corrects it as 'ausencia larga'! Any suggestions?


Assuming you made no other error, I would report it. Both should be accepted.

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