"I am not a student."

Translation:Yo no soy estudiante.

May 14, 2018



Why is it not "Yo no soy un estudiante?

May 14, 2018


In Spanish, you don't need to use indefinite articles after forms of ser in front of unmodified nouns—especially nouns that indicate occupation, religion, affiliation or social status.

Using the Indefinite Article in Spanish https://www.spanishdict.com/guide/using-the-indefinite-article-in-spanish

Singular Indefinite Articles https://www.thoughtco.com/singular-indefinite-articles-3079098

There are certain circumstances where you can correctly use un/una in this sentence structure, but you are using emphasis to create a subtly different meaning at that point. My personal take is that that is an advanced level of Spanish that most aren't quite ready for at the level that is being taught here.

FULL DISCLOSURE: Native English speaker - US, Southern Appalachian dialect. Other uses of English may vary. Advice about Spanish should be taken with a grain of salt.

October 6, 2018


Can you explain it like I'm five? Non of this makes sense to me.

August 2, 2019


Thank you

May 29, 2019


im confused.. why is it yo no soy instead of yo soy no?

October 4, 2018


Yeah, I was confused about that one too. I read the reply you got but it still doesn't really make sense to why it's not "yo soy no"; which seems pretty accurate. Well, if that's how it's said and that's how Duolingo and the Spanish language marked it, then that's how they marked it, I guess lol. Anyway, let's try to remember it that way though our minds really want to say "yo soy no" instead of "yo no soy" lol.

December 22, 2018


Unless an object pronoun is present, no, when used as an adverb, goes immediately before the verb.

Using 'No' and Related Words in Spanish https://www.thoughtco.com/using-no-and-related-words-spanish-3079441

FULL DISCLOSURE: Native English speaker - US, Southern Appalachian dialect. Other uses of English may vary. Advice about Spanish should be taken with a grain of salt.

October 6, 2018


I thought it was yo estoy because being a student is not a permanent condition. I thought ser was only for permanent things - I am short etc

June 27, 2018


The concept of estar being for temporary and ser being for permanent is a general beginner's guideline. An intermediate level concept of the difference is best understood using the following acronyms:

Ser - D.O.C.T.O.R. Description Occupation Characteristic Time Origin Relationship

Estar - P.L.A.C.E. Position Location Action Condition Emotion

Student is a description of a person, so a conjugation of ser is used.

"Ser" vs. "Estar" https://www.spanishdict.com/guide/ser-vs-estar

FULL DISCLOSURE: Native English speaker - US, Southern Appalachian dialect. Other uses of English may vary. Advice about Spanish should be taken with a grain of salt.

October 6, 2018


Things involving the identity of a person or their characteristics use ser. It is confusing at first but once you get a feel for when they are used and why it becomes easy.

August 5, 2018


I agree.

July 3, 2018


Thought the same thing.

July 4, 2018


Missing an "un"

June 5, 2018


perhaps soy is used because being a student is considered an occupation?? It can feel like that.

July 4, 2018


I believe when indicating your profession, you don't have to use the article.

July 13, 2018


Is there an 'un' missing?

July 10, 2018


No. When it is a profession, un generally isn't used, from my understanding.

August 5, 2018


Soy no estudiante should be acceptable also!

August 9, 2018


It should be "No soy estudiante". "I am no student" is probably closest to "soy no estudiante"?

August 11, 2018


I used the un and it marked it correct.

August 17, 2018


When it is an occupation, you do not use the article.

E.g. Soy maestro. Eres mesera. Es cocinero. Somos
operarios. Sois veterinarios. Son enfermeros.

August 18, 2018


Thanks! I wouldn't have considered being a student an occupation, yet this explains why un is not necessary.

March 16, 2019


Have no idea i just thought the same

May 26, 2018


Why isnt "no estoy estudiante" correct. Im having trouble trying to figure this one out. Soy or estoy.

April 15, 2019


I put, Yo soy no un estudiante (which is not correct). Why is the "no" in between the Yo and soy?

October 5, 2018


Why is it not , 'yo soy no'......

January 26, 2019


This is incorrect it bothers me. Yo no soy un estudiante.

You can also say Alumno, yes?

June 21, 2018


Soy no estudiante should be OK too???

August 9, 2018


I thought "NO" means dont

May 13, 2019


why is it not "yo soy no" but "yo no soy"

May 13, 2019


What does ser means and estoy means

May 19, 2019


Why is "No soy estudiante" not correct?

May 22, 2019


Look how big the blue is

July 6, 2019



July 6, 2019


You dont have to go around showing off like a smarty pants NC.CHELLE!!!

July 7, 2019


i though it was supposed to be yo soy no?

September 12, 2019


I need lingots

November 19, 2018



April 11, 2019


it should be: no soy estudante. not what malarky you put!!!!!!!

April 6, 2019


You have to spell estudiante right.

April 6, 2019


I thought the un was missing also....Not sure where you get estudiante is a profession... its normally a temporary condition....to get you a profesion...profesional students may exist...b ut im sure they are rare

August 30, 2018
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