"We are interested in this business."
Translation:A nosotros nos interesa este negocio.
There are a lot of different situations in which you might need to use "a" before a word, including the much-discussed "personal 'a'". In this case, however, the "a nosotros" really means "to us", and as many have noted, it is not necessary and is used just for emphasis. So if you leave it out, you don't use "a" anywhere in the sentence. But if you want to say "to us", you have to use both the to (a) and us (nosotros).
The short answer here is that you (usually) use "a" as the Spanish for the preposition "to": "a mí" (to me), "a Juan" (to Juan), "a la playa" (to the beach), etc.
there are a few verbs that are used like this showing frequently in DL. Interesar, gustar, encantar. I am sure there are more, but I now only know these few. they conjugate with the object, and the subject at the beginning of the sentence is served as the actual objective. in this case, direct translate would be: this business interests us. and US comes first.
A nosotros nos interesa este negocio. you sentence is wrong not because A nosotros is missing, it is because "en" is not corrected used. you can think backwards. you use este negocio as subjective in English, it would be, "this bussiness interests us". as we have discussed above, a few of spanish words are used this way. please read them. some comments are quite useful. you certainly do not have to trust everything we say here, because most of us are learners, not experts. you need to use your judgement.
Not exactly. "Interesa" means "interests" or "is interesting", and translating "nos interesa este negocio" in the same word order gives you the Yoda-esque sentence "Interests us this business" or "To us is interesting this business." I can't tell whether "nos" is a direct or indirect object, because they are the same.
Anyway, "Nos interesa en este negocio" would then be something like "Interests us in this business" or "To us is interesting in this business." So it's not really "interested in in", but it still doesn't work.
So as far as I can tell the base sentence in an English "subject first" structure is "este negocio nos interesa", "this business interests us". Then as we know from DL, you can add "a ___" to specify who the direct object is. Though, typically it's done with a lo or la because it's not very specific, as opposed to a nos in which case, who else would "us" be... but anyway the "a nosotros" is that clarifying addition, and although it should be correct to skip both words, skipping just the a is wrong.
I'm thinking my problem lies in how to specify the subject of a sentence like this. The correct answer above shows "este negocio" as the subject; Ozymandias below specifies "we" as the subject. Makes a difference! I did some combination of the two and was marked wrong. But I think I understand now.
I think the DL approved Spanish uses 'interesa' as a present participle, wheras I used 'interesamos' as a regular (PT) verb to establish the mental condition of the subject(s). I'm assuming sentences such as, "Me interesan en estos negociaciones" would fly as easily as, "Estoy interesado en este negociaciones" in fluent spanish.
I have to go to the literal meaning to make sure I've got all the parts right: "This business interests me." Then I know that the verb has to be third person singular. As far as I can tell, interesar is "to interest", not "to be interested". So "intersamos" would be "we interest" rather than "we are interested in". And you would leave out the "en" and just say "me interesan estas negociaciones" for "these negociations interest me" = "I'm interested in these negociations."
I do the same with "me gusta" (pleases me) and "me encanta" (enchants me, which is what I thought the first time I heard it).
I'm not a native speaker, but I don't think there's anything grammatically wrong with "Este negocio nos interesa". I think that this word order might be translated as "This business interests us" rather than "We are interested in this business." I don't know whether there is anything odd about the word order, or if it just is not what Duolingo had in mind.
I'm getting it and I can tell where (for me) a lot of the mistakes are being made.
- The examples appear to use ther personal "a" even though there is no "proof" that you know someone personally.
- You do have to learn the correct object pronoun usage, me (I), te (you), le (he, her), les (they, them), Nos (We), etc.
- The verb follows the subject not the person (very common error I made but realized why it's not "interesan", etc as opposed to interesa".
- Verbs like "interesa" translate to "interested IN" so "en" isn't necessary.
At this point, you should be able to write out, Me interesa (I'm interested in) Te interesa (You are interesed in) Les interesa (They are interested in) Nos interesa (We are interested in)
"Clean up" those things and you will start producing correct answers.
"We are interested in this business" A nosotros (We) nos interesa (We are interested in) este (this) negocio (business)
Hope this helps. I'm still making small mistakes but I'm getting there.
"This business is interesting to us" would be a different sentence in Spanish. The given sentence has the meaning "We are interested in this business". The sentence I quoted was only to show the construction ("This business interests us"). It was not supposed to be a correct English sentence.
That's because you can't say "a nos". "Nos" is an object pronoun, and you don't use "a" with it. Spanish prepositional pronouns are another type of pronoun, and that's what you need to use with "a".
As you can see in the official translation for this sentence, it's fine to include "A nosotros", because "nosotros" (not "nos") is the prepositional form that is used with "a". Note that you can also say things like "a mí me gusta el chocolate", or just "me gusta el chocolate". You can't use "a" with the object pronoun "me"--you need to use the prepositional pronoun "mí". Note also that the "a nosotros" or "a mí" is optional--the sentence is OK without it.
Sorry if this isn't clear--there are a lot of pronoun forms, and I don't think it's easy to figure them out.
In the Spanish sentence "este negocio" ("this business") is the subject. The verb is "interesar", which means something like "to be interesting (for/to somebody)". Such a verb does not exist in English, that's why you have to use a completely different sentence structure in English (with "we" being the subject).
The "to somebody" part is handled by the direct object, which is "nos" (literally "us") in Spanish.
"Nos interesa este negocio" would already be a complete sentence with the same meaning (literally "us is interesting this business").
In order to emphasize the "to us" part it is kind of reduplicated by adding "a nosotros" in the beginning, which is literally "to us". This is very often done in Spanish.
A nosotros nos interesa este negocio. I did not have A NOSOTROS, but is is accepted by DL. what is the function of this A NOSOTROS, it is not necessary, but makes the sentence long and redundant. that is why I can not understand native speakers, they talk fast and redundantly
that's what I wonder. There's like 47 letters used just to say "We" when a good ol "nos" oughtta do, as far as I can tell. And for some reason "in" isn't translated at all. I guess "we" took all the letters are there were none left to say "in" with? ??? Very confusing especially since all this subject object predicate pronoun direct whatever is too complicated for my old brain, too.
It seems to me that the Spanish language is spoken with feeling which brings me to its meaning. I am not just writing sentences or "rambling on" like an instruction booklet. I am using words that bring about respect, consideration and intention. Relearning the language has been very refreshing and sweet. It's challenging at times and I am loving every minute of it!!
How many redundancies are too many?
Different languages have different conventions for conveying fine distinctions in meaning and emphasis. And you absolutely need the "a" in front of "nosotros" to say "to us". Your question makes me think that you might not understand the grammatical structure of the sentence--specifically, that "nosotros" is not the subject.
I don't think you are able to judge how "ill structured" a language is that you apparently don't know too well.
No language is logical in the mathematical sense. Depending on one's background and lack of knowledge anyone could find any language "ill structured". That's just not a fair judgement.