"We want a vacation."
Translation:Nosotras queremos unas vacaciones.
Languages do not translate word for word into other languages. Often words change meaning when accompanied by other words.
For instance (Spanish/English):
"a"="to"; "veces"="times"; "a veces"="sometimes" (not "to times")
Many phrases will lose all meaning if you try to carve them up into their individual words. You have to memorize phrases in addition to words. The sooner you embrace this reality, the sooner you'll become fluent. I hope this helps!
There is definitely an issue with plural and singular vacation. For a previous question, "las vacaciones" is used however the answer was "a vacation." For this one, "unas vacaciones" is used for "a vacation," however "las vacaciones" is not an acceptable answer. ¿Por qué???
"Una vacación" means "a vacation," and "unas vacaciones" means "some vacations," and that is the reason that "the vacations" (las vacaciones) is not accepted. The word "the" never means "a" or "some."
If a previous answer listed "las vacaciones" as "a vacation," it was probably a colloquial interpretation because the number of the noun switched from plural to singular. Unlike English, in which "vacation" is a singular number noun just as a location is a singular destination no matter how many people are involved–think: They are going on vacation–it is colloquial Spanish to give each individual their own vacation: Están yendo en sus vacaciones.
Is there any clue when we should using the word 'nosotros' or 'nosotras'? Thanks for the answer.
Look at the article in front; it will tell you if it's singular or plural. Una/Unas for a single vacation. Los for multiple vacations.
Same goes for "birthday" (cumpleanos) and "trousers" (pantalones).
'Queremos una vacaciones.' is not accepted even though Duo asks for a vacation. Why is Duo's 'correct' translation unas (some) when that is not what is asked for?
You either use "una vacación" or "unas vacaciones", based on this you had one error and one typo.
According to DLE (http://dle.rae.es/?id=bDzHUaT), "vacación" is "1. f. Descanso temporal de una actividad habitual, principalmente del trabajo remunerado o de los estudios. U. m. en pl.". Please notice the end note, "U. m. en pl." which means that it is used more often in the plural ("usado más en plural").
The reason why the plural form... probably because if someone says "quiero una vacación" it will likely be understood that the speaker wants a job opening (from the less used meaning "4. f. p. us. Cargo o dignidad que está vacante.").
Thank you Linda_from_NJ! I'll never miss the plural form again! Great definition! My question now is WHEN is it okay to Nosotros off & when MUST it be included? Now I know that because I missed the plural, DL gave me the stock answer, so this next time I'll try my answer w/o Nosotros & see if it is accepted. Thanks again Linda!
Leave... When is it ok to leave off.... I need to proofread more. Sorry
My understanding is you can always leave out the "nosotros/as" because the pronouns are redundant because the verb conjugations are linked to the pronouns. Duolingo includes them when they introduce new verbs or pronouns to help us remember the pairing. They usually accept leaving it off, except when the instruction tells you to type what is said in Spanish.
I make up conjugation cards with the pronouns in parentheses to remind me they are optional: (yo) hablo, (tú) hablas, (él/ella/usted) habla, (nosotros/as) hablamos, (ellos/as/ustedes) hablan.
Yes... including pronouns is always optional (as per personal preference) whenever verb conjugation is not ambiguous (for instance common conjugations between usted and él/ella).
One can also include the pronoun in order to make emphasis, that is, I tend to perceive "yo quiero" as more of a personal whine than just "quiero".
How would I know that it is singular? From the context, I would immediately assume it is plural since it is, "Nosotras queremos una vacaciones".
So one of the options was 'nosotros queremos unas mujeres'. Just saying Duolingo, just saying.