Because the spanish say ' the girl has nine years'. In English that means she is nine years old. So if I were telling someone I am 35 years old (I wish) I would say 'tengo 35 años' which in spanish says I have 35 years. Hope that helps explain.
When I was on the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua last month, local people grew up speaking "Creole English" (which I could not understand) and Spanish. They learned standard English in school, which I could understand.
However, when speaking "standard" English, they tended to use Spanish constructions-- for example, they would say "he has 10 years" to mean "10 years old."
If someone didn't know how Spanish works then this could sound very intimidating.
I don’t know how English works, hi hi. Said: nine year old instead of years.
I mean, that's the literal translation, but it's not really what the phrase means in English.
Translating into English 'This girl is nine' would be correct also, we understand the years old even if it is not said
They want you to understand the translation, if people would understand what you meant doesnt matter.
Apparently I can't put the number nine(9) or else it will mark it incorrect!
In English, the standard writing practice is to write out numerals under 10.
Thus, DUO is appropriately marking you wrong.
When listening or speaking, I cannot distinguish between este and esta. They sound the same to me.
Huh. Here in the Philippines, that last word "años" is still commonly used, and without the grand majority of people realizing that it's Spanish. For example, the most commonly used set of words or phrases to express age here (because there are more than just a few local languages and it's very hard to distinguish what's actually Tagalog anymore) would be either "Itong batang babae ay siyam na taong gulang," or "Itong batang babae ay nuebe años." (Also note that our pronunciation of nueve changed the "v" sound to "b")
Whats wrong with "this girl is 9 years old"? DL has taken numbers in the past.
Prononciation of 9: why nueve and not nueBe? In many words b is v and in many other words b stays b. I am a bit confused!!!