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"Good evening, how are you?"

Translation:Buenas tardes, ¿cómo está usted?

May 27, 2018

538 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BeccaEdnie

Why was I wrong to answer "buenas tardes, como estas?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jr0007
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"Cómo estás"? It's correct!

"And I Speak Spanish"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TalimX

And this super upvoted comment was left a year ago. I´m worried how many more such ´wrong mistakes´ there are in the course.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lcmiracle

I doubt the devs spend a lot of time in the comments. The downvotes doesn´t seem to matter either. You have to flag and report the question, that seems to be the only way for the feedbacks to be acted upon.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zaluky

Corrected 04/26/20. Be awared of buenas/buenos.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BasiaC3

Not corrected, still shows wrong


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Atervanda

The devs don't read the comments at all, and downvoting sentence discussions just causes them to disappear from the search results. It's very counterproductive.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PRh561

What we 'think' doesn't matter. Reporting seems to be the only way to get things changed. But whereas a year ago I would get occasional emails to say something I suggested had been accepted, that seems to have stopped.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sun_Sword

I know right, the only difference between 'Buenos tardes, ¿Como estas?' and 'Buenas tardes, ¿cómo está usted?' is that the later would be used to talk to someone above you and the first one is for equals, but we don't know who we are talking to in this situation


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/anf583534

why does the "o"change to an "a"in "buenos"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fatschnaus

It's a misstake of Sun_Sword. Both should be "Buenas"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bill494515

Tardes is feminine so it's Buenas and Manana or Dias are Male so it's Buenos. At least that's what I've been going by


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Spidette

Exactly. I had word choices and while it is unclear as to who I am talking to I had usted as a word choice and found it suspect they would put it there so I used it and got it right. I'm not a big fan of how sometimes Duo is unclear as to who you are talking to/with. All I can say is to report right and wrong answers with an explanation and hope they change it to be clearer.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/anthony139761

Yeah i never know when to be formal and use usted...... from my understanding when..... for example...when they use Sir....i expect it to be formal so naturally yes we use usted but in this example they used usted....not really sure why so i reported....


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LaurenMurd

When in doubt go formal. I think that's the lesson we're meant to be learning here. Just like when in doubt go male if unsure of the gender of a word.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

Get your whole sentence correct (formal or informal, singular or plural, masculine or feminine) and it should be accepted.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CliveAmos

@Lauren: I would disagree with that. In my opinion Duo is teaching us that there are more interpretations of "you" than just the personal singular "you" that most English speakers are used to using. Spanish makes a distinction that English, for the most part, glosses over. All versions are accepted and it is left up to you to choose one and make the grammar fit your choice. Think of it as a good thing.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/13Thirtyseven

I hit this with a "que tal" just to test it.. wrong as of 12/1/19


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MikeReid488852

so did I 31/3/2020 but "good evening, hows it going" isnt really a thing, "hi, hows it going." or "good evening, how are you". I think they are reasonably looking for a formal question when "good evening" is used.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/anne368572

Tardes is afternoon, noches is evening. Everyone is focused on the "how are you".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jostiles1

Thank you that is what I wanted to know. I got it wrong by saying Tardes.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SLE550397

However, the translation provided by Duo says: "Buenas tardes ..."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ralph712815

That's what I was looking for


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wdherndon

While you are correct about the focus being wrong, you aren't quite right about tardes/noches: Spanish has no specific word for evening, so tardes is used for everything after noon and before sundown, meaning both afternoon and early evening, and noches is used for everything after sundown, including late evening and night.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KimHandlos

I agree, even though I got the como estas wrong, I am more irritated it said it should tardes not noches.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BeardedGla

It may be a regional thing, but I would absolutely say 'good evening [or just 'evening'], how's it going?'


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brynmor7

I was wrong too with qué tal. Very common in Spain


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/egamers32058

We use "como" for eating and for how ? Yo soy como manzanas. Como estas.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MikeReid488852

Its "cómo" and "como" But anyway, what does "row" mean in english, an argument? In a boat? A line of objects? Right of way? "Como manzanas" could never mean "how apples". Also "I eat are you" makes no sense.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaloAEspanol

"como" with the accent mark (which I have no idea how to type) means how. Without the accent mark means "I eat".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pastabaybe

como means "how", the other como means "i eat" which is conjugated from comer meaning "to eat"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AScam0

same here, I thought of 2nd person singular - do you have to include the tú for that?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sharon919702

Have you learned that on Duo yet? Don't jump all over me, but my husband speaks Spanish. He gave me help on estas, es, and he said:estas is temporary and es is permanent. Tu perro es bonito. El Nino estas mal. I am pretty close, but anyone more learned fix this. Just trying to get you in right direction.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bob709176

El nino está mal.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/F4yY9kZj

El niño está mal.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rico636026

Buenas noches is good evening or good night. Buenas tardes is good afternoon.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YuktaAdha

I think it's about being formal. When you wish someone good evening you should formally ask about their well-being.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aumbria3

Why do we have to say "esta?" Or "estas?" I don't get it!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pedro771279

I think it is the difference between 'you' (estas) and 'he/she/it' (esta).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Amber871207

It has to do with spanish tenses/persons


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KennChip

One is formal and one is informal. Esta is used with strangers/people of dignity (formal) and estas is used with friends and family you know well (informal).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ssSMASHhh

USED está, TÚ estás


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JackieAlbi1

According to my husband who is a native Spanish speaker, est doesnt have anything to do woth formal. He said its used for talking about something or third person.. donde esta (where is it)..como estas(how are you). Just wanted to let you know for future reference!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/minombreestrevor

So this question didn t allow me to write 'cómo estás' because 'estás' wasn't an option. The only option available was 'está' so then 'cómo está' would be incorrect as you're talking in second person..so the oinly way to correct that is to add 'usted' which is an option that's given. It's testing your knowledge of 2nd and 3rd person when using the formal. They basically give you the answer.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RynJin

The question's answer isn't wrong. It's just that it doesn't address who the opposing person is.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sean347190

"Como estás" is correct, but when the options are "está" with no "s" on the end, and "usted" is available, then it's "cómo está usted".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CliveAmos

I have done a few lessons where usted was optional. So cómo está was accepted without adding usted which is still using the formal/polite form. When senor/a/ita is used it is a tip to use the formal/polite version.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nelthecreator

that is what i was trying to understand as well. Like am i to just assume that I have to write responses in the formal tense instead of informal?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Theresa80086

I was wondering the same thing. What is the difference and why does it give me the como estas as an alternative when I put como esta usted, if this is incorrect?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LisaSchaef11

I think because the answer didn't give the option for estas only for esta, so the conjugation was incorrect.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Italo824701

En español tu no puedes tratar a alguien de mayor rango jerárquico como "Tú", debes tratarlo como "Usted"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Main-Dane

I think the difference is in "Esta" and "Estas" For me, 4/2020, I only saw "esta", implying there was more words. I have used "Como Estas" and there wasn't an "usted" From what I understand, "usted" is used in a more formal way then "Tú".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/skepticalways

BeccaEdnie, I made the same mistake, and I think we forgot to put the accent on the final "a" in estás. In conversation, though, I don't think the addition of was necessary. Next time I'll just keep it more formal & say, ¿Cómo está usted?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nick_Pr

I had the accent and it was also marked wrong


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BobbySimmo7

They are trying to get you to refer to tardes as afternoon and noches as evening or night.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DuolingoChild32

Although it is correct, and you should report it, you should use 'usted' when speaking to someone professionally. Its fine to say como estas but i think Duolingo wants it in a different context.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/amarsden04

Ik its either como estas or que tal


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnthonyHar901982

You need an accent above the o, como is wrong cómo i believe is correct.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/karloponte1

Right! This is why I keep having to Practice to get my hearts back


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Med577524

Yo tambien escribo "como estas". Esta pregunta es no correcto.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

"cómo estás" is included in accepted answers.

If your answer was marked as incorrect, the reason was elsewhere. It's not uncommon that people complain about Duo not accepting a different translation for a certain word when the real error is elsewhere in the sentence.

It is always best to share your full answer in the forum so it can be completely checked.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Med577524

No, it is not included. I got this question twice in this lesson. So I have double checked this. "Buenas tardes, cómo estás" is a correct answer, and it's not accepted. Duolingo is never sensitive to accents or punctuations, if that's what you were thinking.

I flagged and reported the question, since so many people have been experiencing the same issue. I suggest everyone does the same.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

Med, here is a screenshot of a filtered list of correct answers.
como-estas.jpg

I'd love to see a screenshot of what you submitted along with Duo's response so that we can try to see what went wrong.

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https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/49065336

If that's not possible, at least be assured that your translation is good.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Med577524

Thanks, I appreciate that you looked into this. I passed this lesson so I don't know how to find the question again. If I run into it again I will take a screenshot.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dinadotta

cómo (how/what) versus como (I eat)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LaurenMurd

Because "cómo estás" should be used with "tú", and "cómo está" should be used with "usted"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Michael835490

I do not understand this.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ph.OkYPyw

Really? Please look into this. My answer is totally correct because how are you is also in the informal sense. Not necessary it has to be addressed to an 'usted'.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ph.OkYPyw

Really? Please look into this. My answer is totally correct because "how are you" is also in the informal sense. Not necessary it has to be addressed to an 'usted'.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AvierYmsRi

You're supposed to say "Yo tambien"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sharon919702

I also....?me too, maybe?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Michael189866

demasiado = too (much) not too (also). Life is hard sometimes, isn't it ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/iHm20uwU

I though tardes was afternoon


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Agenou

It is! Spanish speakers don't distinguish between afternoon and evening the way English (and German, French, and Italian) speakers do.

On the other hand, they have a specific word for that time of day between midnight and dawn (la madrugada) that English doesn't have. We might say "the wee hours," but there isn't a specific term for that.

I think it's fascinating how one culture creates words for concepts that may go unnamed in another culture.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/McGuireV10

Until the mid-1500s, "morning" was the English word for the time between midnight and sunrise. My etymology dictionary doesn't clarify why it changed to be more or less synonymous with "dawn" (which used to imply "first light of day").


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RWS459139

This is interesting, and I'm not sure we should be talking about this here.... but I, as a native English speaker, have always heard any time between midnight and noon referred to as "morning" as in "2:00 in the morning". How do you refer to this time?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JuanCarlos926671

Between midnight and dawn we say in Spanish "madrugada", like early morning:
"Las 2 de la madrugada"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sharon919702

I think you are right..or close to being so.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sharon919702

It is! Late afternoon or early evening. I posted right above you! How'd you miss it???


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dodoyce

I was marked wrong for saying "Buenas tardes, cómo estas?"


[deactivated user]

    Exactly. It even said I couldn't use the tú form, Duo is clearly wrong here.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaloAEspanol

    Duo put "como estas usted" which means how are you, but the correct conjugation of "usted" should be "esta", so it is "como esta usted" or just "como estas".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/petehemenway

    That is what I wrote and in other exercises that has been accepted. Why not here? Because Duo is not consistent, sadly. But it is free.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EmeraldEas

    Hello! I was wondering the same thing for awhile.... but I'm pretty sure 'Qué tal?' means: 'How's it going?' not 'How are you?'.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BettinaBF

    Thank you, that helped. Makes sense


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Daylitex

    I thought evening was when we use noches and afternoon for tardes


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hacu.

    ▪Tardes (la tarde): afternoon/ early evening

    ▪Noches (la noche): late evening/ night


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alexander143652

    Noches means night, tardes means evening


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sharon919702

    Finally! Another like-mind!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sharon919702

    Buenos dias/ buenas tardes/Buenas noches. Good morning/good afternoon-good evening/goodnight.......adios mi amiga


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hacu.

    'Tardes' can be used in the afternoon or early evening, and 'Noches' in the late evening (i.e. after supper) and night.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pepsii1

    Noches is night, tardes is evening.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HooSteveK

    There is no reason why the tu form shouldn't be accepted, is there?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sharon919702

    I Don't understand why usted has to be used, but I am told one is formal, tu, informal,usted.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmbyJane

    Tú is informal. Usted is formal. There's nothing in this question to indicate that usted must be used here, though, especially if you use a keyboard instead of the word bank.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sharon919702

    I stand corrected!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ph.2o9Rsn

    I thought 'buenas tardes' meant 'good afternoon'


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JaredLiwet

    "Buenos noches, como estas?"

    Why is this wrong?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hacu.

    La noche is a feminine noun (an exception to the rule of nouns ending in -e being masculine) and thus needs to be paired with the feminine adjective buenas as a denominator.

    Also, without the proper accent marks in cómo estás you'd be saying "I eat these" (e.g. estas uvas - these grapes).


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EmeraldEas

    Hello! I wondered the same thing too when I was learning the correct stuff a little while ago.... my teacher said that it depends on the masculin and feminine endings. So maybe your answer should have been: 'Buenas noches, cómo estás?'.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RobertGlomb

    I'm stuck at the very beginning. BUENAS AND BUENOS. I'm sure there's a rule here I'm missing. Would someone please clarify?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DesOBrien4

    Depends on the gender of the noun. Dias is masculine (even though it has an 'as' ending and noches is feminine. So buenos dias and buenas noches


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mak692400

    When would you use "Como Esta" and "Que tal..)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hacu.

    Qué tal is more like "how's it going" and often used among friends/ well acquainted people.

    Cómo está usted is a formal way of asking someone "how are you" and cómo estás the informal way.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JuanCarlos926671

    Como está? --- > Formal
    Que tal? ---> Informal
    Entonces?/Qué onda?/Qué cuenta? ---> Very informal


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rita477345

    When did tardes become night instead of buenos noches?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JuanCarlos926671

    Before 7 pm: "buena tarde" or "buenas tardes".
    At 7 pm and after: "buena noche" or buenas noches".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Angemail

    **Buenas tardes, ¿cómo está usted? [formal]. Buenas tardes ¿Cómo estás? [informal, sin el tú].

    HOWEVER, When arriving: **¡Buenas noches! (…) The answer is then, Buenas noches, bienvenido.

    When leaving: Buenas noches (…) The answer: buenas noches, (que le vaya bien).

    Buenas tardes (from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.) Buenas noches (from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dimasmessias

    How "good evening" is the same as "buenas tardes"? Is that right?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hacu.

    Yeah, "tardes" is used for afternoon/ early evening and "noches" for late evening/ night (e.g. after late dinner/ supper onwards).


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jennifer25102

    Noches and tardes should both be correct, should they not? What about this sentence tells us it is a formal address and usted should be used??


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thiru123

    'Noches' translates to 'night'.

    'Tardes' translates to 'evening'.

    This sentence is asking you to translate 'good evening...', so you should have written 'buenas tardes...'.

    Furthermore, I agree that the sentence should have specified that we have to use 'usted' in our translation, so if you got your sentence wrong because you used '¿como estas?' instead , then you should report it.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/unlucio

    So "usted" is used in a more formal way, but "Good evening, how are you?" isnt all that formal if you ask me... This is pretty confusing.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thiru123

    I agree, Duo should have made it clear that it wanted us to use the formal version for this translation.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chris315654

    I wrote, "Buenos noches, como estas?" (with the accents and inverted question mark). How is that wrong?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nikkita606342

    I gave the same answer too, and I was tagged as incorrect as well. It said "Buenos tardes, cómo está usted" is the correct one.

    Then the 2nd time it came up, I answered "Buenos noches, cómo está usted" and it accepted my answer.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Justine102098

    Isn't buenas tardes good afternoon? That's how they teached me.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nishant941869

    U r right. The answer has a mistake


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PRh561

    I got this wrong. I wrote tarde instead of tardes. The correction they gave was 'Buenas tardes, como esta usted.' Correct, but I wish they could distinguish which part you got wrong. The part they corrected was fine. I used como estas. I find that when people say they got it right, but Duo disagrees, a lot of the time it's just a matter of looking at your answer much more closely.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FoxTownley

    my answer : Buenas tardes, ¿cómo está usted? Dulaingo : Buenas tardes, ¿cómo está usted?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    I'd love to see a screenshot of what you submitted along with Duo's response so that we can try to see what went wrong.

    How To Upload A Screenshot

    https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/33394339


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cmada1

    Buenas tardes means good afternoon. Does this also mean good evening in spanish?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wdherndon

    This question has been answered dozens of times here. Please read before you post.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Spanishlea594762

    Just confirm does "buenas tardes" mean 'good afternoon' aswell as 'good evening'?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/minkra2

    I thought como meant eat


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MasterYods

    'como' means 'I eat'.
    'cómo' means 'how', as in 'how are you', in this case.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sharon919702

    Si! I don't think Duo is a bad program at all. I wish the class would make people happy. I can now speak understandably ,if not perfect. Everything has mistakes. Lighten up while you still can. Nobody is the bad guy ok?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AbelBrower

    Hello minkra2, como means I eat. It comes from "comer" which means "to eat". To use it in a sentence you would say, "Me gusta comer". "Yo como" is how you say "I eat". There is a simple change to go from como to cómo. You are correct that como means to eat, but when you add an accent on the first "ó", the spanish word now translates in english as "how are you".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bgwmson

    Why is usted necessary? It wasn't in other structures.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hacu.

    If you are using "está" as the formal 2nd person singular, you pair it with "usted" (otherwise you could be asking about any third party).

    If you're speaking informally, then use "estás" - this doesn't need to be followed by but it can be used for emphasis (e.g. you've been telling about yourself for a while and then turn the question back to the other person: "but how are you?").


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sharon919702

    Right ,but it has it's place. I think it is informal you.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elhombredeviajes

    I used the "tú" 2nd person singular and it was marked incorrect. Is it because "buenas tardes" is a more formal greeting so you use the "usted" form as a sign of formality or respect?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sharon919702

    I don't think so. Nothing to replace 'buenas tardes'. I don't think it's formal or informal. It's a time of day!!!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GedFarnan

    My understanding is that when using the formal 'usted' you go into third person mode and therefore the final 's' is dropped from "estás" (which is only used as first person informally.) Native-English speakers need to get their heads around the differences in formal and informal speech!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HeatherDeW7

    But there is nothing inherently formal about "Good evening, how are you?" In this case, it could be informal or formal, singuar or plural. There should be multiple acceptable answers.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GedFarnan

    @ HeatherDeW7 I disagree with your contention that thee is "nothing inherently formal" about saying "Good Evening, how are you?" How often would you say that to your friends, close relatives,partner(s) etc? I can't imagine saying that in any informal setting.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nick_Pr

    You are speaking of the English though. Just because "good evening" sounds formal in (some dialects) of English does NOT mean "buenas tardes" is formal in Spanish. (For example, I agree that, in English, "good evening" sounds formal, but "good morning" and "good night" do not.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sharon919702

    It isn't easy, but it does click. When it does, a lightbulb does go off and you can say "gotcha", and ya really do.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lincoln180952

    I understand the "buenas tardes" used for "evening" but I've run across a lot of Spanish speakers that use "sera" rather than "tardes" or "noches" for those later afternoon hours - any others run across that??


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sharon919702

    I think we are taking baby steps here .. Later on other words will replace some of these. I think you worry too much. Just take it easy here. Good luck.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rillev

    I wrote "Buenas tardes, cómo estás?" and got this explanation: You used the tú form "estás" instead of the él/ella/usted form "está". Shouldn't my answer be correct, too?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gordonjackson1

    What is wrong with, "Buenas tardes, como estas"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EmeraldEas

    Isn't this supposed to be: Buenas nochas?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hacu.

    La noche is an exception to the noun gender rules (nouns ending in -e often being masculine) and it is feminine - thus 'buenas noches'.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hacu.

    And just to clarify, the noun never changes its gender according to the adjective, but the other way around. Noche stays as noche.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Beth438041

    There's no indication this is a formal situation. Nothing gives the learner any way to guess the usted form should be used. This contributes to confusion not understanding.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Barb418633

    What is said to be correct answer is good afternoon not evening


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hacu.

    Evening is also correct. Early evening is still called 'tarde'.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Naa416188

    Buenas tardes como esta usted


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hacu.

    Without the proper accents (cómo está) you're saying "I eat this".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/djroben

    I thought 'tardes' was afternoon, so buenas tardes should be good afternoon? Good evening should be buenas noches the same as good night?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EmeraldEas

    Buenas tardes can mean 'good evening' and 'good afternoon'.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Angemail

    I thought 'tardes' was afternoon, so buenas tardes should be good afternoon?

    The answer is YES (and you know that).

    Good evening should be buenas noches the same as good night?

    The answer is NO.

    Why? Because good evening is used when you arrive. For example, you are invited to your in-laws’ place, you arrive and say: Good evening.

    After a nice dinner, you are leaving, then you say: (…) good night…

    AND HERE IS THE CONFUSION:
    In Spanish you say Buenas noches for both cases.

    When arriving: ¡Buenas noches! (…) The answer is then, Buenas noches, bienvenido.

    When leaving: Buenas noches (…) The answer: buenas noches, que le vaya bien.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DesOBrien4

    What's wrong with Buenas tardes, que tal?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EmeraldEas

    Buenas tardes is correct but... 'qué tal?' means 'How's it going?' not 'How are you?'.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wolf890082

    "Buenos tardes como esta usted" which was my exact answer, was rejected. Can anyone tell me why?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hacu.

    Tardes (la tarde) is feminine in gender and thus the adjective must be feminine as well: buenas.

    Also note that cómo está must be properly accented, or the meaning changes into something else.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EmeraldEas

    Maybe because 'tardes' is masculine making 'buenos' to the correct form 'buenas'. It may not be formal either so at the ending you could try to put: 'Cómo estás?'.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tamara457873

    I was missing why it's buenos and buenas. Anyone?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hacu.

    Buenos with masculine nouns and Buenas with feminine nouns.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Barbara250928

    What about "Que tal?" (Too presumptious? Don't know how to add accents in this textbox format.) Also, following the thread below, here's a suggestion: be aware that this system is algorhythm-based, meaning it's an aggregate of the average answers, so far. Several times, I've been judged 'wrong' on an answer, and my answer meant exactly the same thing, I reported it, and sometimes weeks later, I get a notice via email that my answer is now accepted as correct. It's constantly self-correcting, learning itself as we give input, and though maddeningly repetitious, I am definitely learning through all the hoops they make you jump. And as well, another language clearly has different conventions and traditions, which must be taken into account. Be patient with the Owl. He/she is learning too.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hacu.

    Qué tal is more suitable in a situation where you're asking (e.g.) your friend "What's up?" / "How's it going?".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ArchanaDes7

    Good evening, que tal estas ? why it is wrong?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hacu.

    That's "that such these". And *qué tal estás' would be "how's it going you are".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DenisLee7

    I wrote " Buenas tardes, que tal." and was marked incorrect


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hacu.

    That's "how's it going".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BettinaBF

    why not Buenas tardes. ?que tal usted?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hacu.

    It's "how's it going" (not "how are you") and quite informal.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CaralWinte

    "Qué tal" is ithe informal, "how's it going?"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Helen93350

    What is the difference when using estas and esta


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JuanCarlos926671

    "¿Como estás (TU)?" and "¿Como está (USTED)?"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anne_Cleary

    Que tal is a phrase much used in Spain.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JuanCarlos926671

    Como está? --- > Formal
    Que tal? ---> Informal
    Entonces?/Qué onda?/Qué cuenta? ---> Very informal


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeorgiSchu

    Good morning = Buenos días Good afternoon = Buenas tardes Good evening = Buenas noches

    The correct answer is incorret!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hacu.

    No, it's not wrong. "Tardes" is used from afternoon till early evening and "Noches" for later evening and night (or till madrugada).


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/heyitsardeesy

    Why am I wrong? Buenas tardes is good afternoon, right?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hacu.

    Also early evening.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/D.Praveen

    Whats wrong with "Que tal"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hacu.

    It's "how's it going", not "how are you", and thus not an applicable translation to this particular question.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chloesandra

    Why is it buenos sometimes and buenas others.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JaelahNoori

    Because it depends on the noun. If it is feminine it is buenas, but if its masculine it is buenos. Bueno, Buena, Buenos and Buenas are four distinct words with the same meaning that are suited to match their noun.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DevadyutiS3

    But buenas tardes is good afternoon right? It cant be the correct answer


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Adan800734

    In spanish "afternoon" and "evening" are the same thing. "Buenas Noches" strictly means "good night"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RachelRG007

    Whats the difference with buenos and buenas?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alwayslol

    Masculine versus feminine.

    buenas = fem. plural | buenos = masc. plural

    So, it's buenos dias! (Because dia is masculine) But buenas tardes! and buenas noches! (Because they are both feminine).

    *Note: dia should have an accent on the i. I can't find a good way to produce the accent on my English keyboard. Somebody tell me how if you have figured it out.

    Now, don't ask why it's plural. I looked into it, and it's complicated. I am only a beginner in Spanish also, but I have studied a number of languages, and there are times where you just have to say, it is what it is. Trying to figure out why you use plural here looks like one of those times. :)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MiHacienda

    I agree it is off putting when we don't know if it's a friend or a stranger. I can only guess if it doesn't have, say, Juan or someone's name in it, then we are to treat it as speaking to a stranger. This does give me a headache and I'm having a REAL difficult time getting past this "Greetings" section. I think I know and then BOOM - the next day I don't.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alwayslol

    Yes. There is a pattern. If it has the person's first name, use the informal "tu" (accent on u) form. If they have Mr., Mrs., Miss, Sir, Ma'm, or some other way of showing it should be a more formal situation, like talking to your professor, use the formal "usted" form. Their pattern is pretty consistent once you get used to it. Now if you don't know the verb forms, that is another issue. Duolingo doesn't specifically teach grammar, other than clicking on the little icon that shows you some grammar rules and verb conjugations. I think it's the lightbulb? But really, to learn the language, you will need to supplement a bit with something other than Duolingo. Grammar and conversation practice are probably the 2 things that you really need to find elsewhere.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BrendaWarr4

    I thought tardes was afternoon? Not evening?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Livz_NZ

    In Spanish, tardes means afternoon and evening. They just have one word for both.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/donutdonovan

    why is buenas noches wrong


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Livz_NZ

    Buenas noches means good night, not good evening :)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Todd153394

    Bueno noches is wrong? Is that for just before sleeping?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Livz_NZ

    Buenas noches means good night. Buenas tardes means good afternoon/ evening :)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gary815120

    Should not, good evening be,buenas noches?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Livz_NZ

    Buenas noches means good night. Good evening is buenas tardes :)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yuush.z80

    buenas tardes = good evening? I thought it was good afternoon


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Livz_NZ

    In Spanish it's both :)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweetsmcdude

    Buenos tardes is afternoon, right?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Livz_NZ

    In Spanish, buenos tardes means both afternoon and evening.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/quickdraw741

    Buenos Tarde, como esta? ( Must "usted," be added when you are speaking directly to the person?)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Maddie30014

    It should be Buenas noches, not Buenas tardes


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DHSpeck

    no, buenas noches is Good Night - buenas tardes is Good Evening or Good Afternoon


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Teddybear71

    Why is this required to be the formal phrasing in Spanish when there is no indication of that in the English sentence?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JayBirde

    Isn't buenas tardes Good Afternoon and buenas noches Good Night? I don't understand why evening is compared to afternoon in this questiom


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DHSpeck

    tardes in spanish can mean afternoon, evening or late.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lucybelle

    From my personal experience tardes is afternoon and noches is evening(now I've only had experience in Costa Rica and Honduras) on Duo I've read all the chats about tardes and some people say it is used for evening and noches is for saying good night only. It seems to be that it is used differently depending on the area you are. Alot of things I learned before one of my trips I found were not spoken in the location I was. To me tardes will only be afternoon because that's what I use with my Spanish speaking friends but I'm glad to learn that it can be used differently because if I go to a new place it might be used there. Basically what I've learned is I'm learning the basics but everywhere you go Spanish will be different because local dialect is different everywhere. I've seen sandwich be called 3 different things so far! But english has different local dialects too so it's fun to be learning the Spanish one now!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AaryanJain11

    It should be "buenas noches, como esta usted? I also searched it on google that good evening or good night should be said the same that is "buenas noches".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Juliette485548

    no, because it says evening. After lunch spanish people say tardes, after dinner it is noches.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeadingLig

    Even according to your own hints, both Buenas Noches and Buenas Tardes are correct to use as both mean: "Good evening". So, why I've been flagged as incorrect for using the former, Noches; and, to add insult to injury, I've had a Heart deducted as a penalty. THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS. I'd like my Heart re-credited to my account immediately!!!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CaralWinte

    No, Buenas noches is never used for good evening. Only ever for 'good night.' that's seems to be the rule here in Spain.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Danielconcasco

    That's not true.

    https://www.spanishdict.com/translate/buenas%20noches

    I've been greeted with buenas noches many times before.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CliveAmos

    Hey Daniel, not picking on you but isn't it time to trim this thread? It takes forever to load. There are a lot of good questions and answers here but way too many uninformative ones.

    Just asking. :)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bach163718

    Shouldn't buenos noches be accepted for good evening? Buenas Tardes is afternoon correct? Why do I keep getting it wrong when I'm saying buenos noches ...... For" good evening how are you" I'm typing buenos noches como esta usted - and it keeps saying wrong - Buenas Tardes


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LlamaKang

    como esta means how is he/her/you in a respectful way (usted = you respectful) and como estas is how are you in a casual way (tu = casual).


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HagarMensa

    Am sorry but isn't good evening supposed to be Buenas noches


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CliveAmos

    The concept of afternoon and evening seems to be complicated. When I began with Duo a year and a half ago I was taught afternoons and evenings were las tardes and nights were las noches. Since then I have found references indicating tardes is afternoons and early evenings. While noches is late evenings and nights. This appears somewhat odd to me.

    I have also found references to afternoons being from after lunch to dinner and evenings being after dinner until dark.

    Where I live in NA, that is about the same. The main difference is when the meals normally take place. For us lunch is commonly about noon and dinner is about 6 pm. In Spanish countries lunch is normally about 2 pm and dinner is about 8 pm to 9 pm. It is the best I have been able to come up with as it is really hard to nail this down.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Danielconcasco

    Yes, it's very odd. The line between afternoon and evening varies from place to place in English and Spanish. I really wish they had kept it simple and translated tardes as afternoon to be consistent.

    What would you say at 5 pm? I've had people insist it's afternoon and others insist it's the evening. This kind of cultural debate is interesting, but beyond the scope of this course :)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CliveAmos

    There seems to be a commonality between English and Spanish that is connected to meal times. Also, Spain is in the south and the other Spanish countries are mostly equatorial. This would impact work time/meal time as well as daylight time. I am speculating that most people doing the translating come from shorter daylight areas and are trying to fit the Spanish way into their own normal time frame. Therefore afternoons and evenings are each getting split in two in order to match up. That would make both English and Spanish ways the same but with a time shift.

    So 5 pm would be late afternoon for the English because that is before dinner and afternoon for the Spanish because it is way before dinner. It all boils down to a translation issue that is not just about meaning but also timing.

    Not being Spanish, that is my best guess. It would be very enlightening if a Spanish person would offer some input on how they deal with not having a word for evening.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/texasmel08

    Why is evening answered as tardes? Shouldn't it be noches?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CliveAmos

    Duo has been teaching us that tardes means either afternoon or evening. I have found some other sites that say evening and night is noches. This lack of a word for evening issue is a difficult call for non Spanish learners that no native Latino seems willing to take on.

    Until someone clarifies how Latinos deal with the English concept of evening, it will be easiest if you accept the way Duo does it.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LouiseSinger

    there are many sentences that are not clear ie.. ..sentences that are addressing more than one person and this afternoon evening scenario. i feel the answer to duolingos problems is to use Duo's animation to indicate for instance a dusk a clock behind duo with the time of day, A male and female Duo and multiple Duos that fit the sentence on these problematic questions as we know the voice does'nt represent the words and that should be made clear from the start. ive nade these suggestions but....

    Do you know what the benefits of paying for duolngo are? i know theres no Ads etc but are there any additional lessons. .. im looking for speaking lessons,. networking with other learners to have live conversation?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SamanthaAniwaya

    When in school taking Spanish I was taught "buenas tardes" meant good afternoon and "buenas noches" was good night. Why does duolingo say "buenas tardes" is good evening? Which is correct?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CliveAmos

    Probably both are correct, sort of. Spanish has no word for evening so English translation has to fill in the gap. I do not recall Duo saying noche is evening. They usually use tarde for evening and afternoon. Evening in English is the short time of dusk at the end of the day. Tarde also means late so, late in the day and before night, makes the most sense. The big problem is language does not always make sense.

    I think this is a big conspiracy with Latinos sitting back having a giggle over all the confounded gringos. :))


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Christophe842791

    isnt Buenas tardes spanish for Good Afternoon? I picked the buena noches option and was marked wrong, while later on got another question that had Buenas tardes to mean Good Afternoon


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CaralWinte

    Buenas Tardes is both, Good Afternoon and/or Good Evening. Buenas noches is always and only used for ''good night''. Here in this part of Spain 'Buenas Tardes' is used from 2pm onwards until well after 8pm, so it covers both afternoon and evening.
    Hope that helps. :)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Danielconcasco

    Keep in mind for many Spanish speakers buenas noches is used in the evening.

    https://www.spanishdict.com/translate/buenas%20noches


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CliveAmos

    I think it helps a lot to define when Spanish considers afternoon and evening to be. It seems both languages agree on when afternoon and evening are but without an actual word for evening in Spanish, we non Spanish are left hanging. As Daniel noted regarding the use of la noche for evening and you saying la tarde is used for evening how would a Spanish person frame a reference to the time of evening as an English person would understand it?

    Is it left to context or is there some kind of modifier that might be applied to either la tarde or la noche to indicate a timeframe around 7pm or 8pm?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chester507456

    I thought buenas tardes means - Good afternoon , But why its Evening? , I still confuse about spanish tutorials because someone i think someone says wrong and correct , I don't know im just confused.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Danielconcasco

    Whoever wrote this series of questions opened a can of worms. The problem is there is no consensus on when afternoon ends and evening begins in English. The same problem exists in Spanish. So it's very possible to find a time of day that an English speaker would call evening and a Spanish speaker would call tardes. It would have been better if they had kept it simple and taught tardes=afternoon and noches=evening.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CliveAmos

    Daniel, your suggestion would not resolve the Spanish conundrum of referencing the time between afternoon and night without having a word for it. Apparently using tarde or noche for evening is a regional difference. Seems to me Duo should accept both in the lessons.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Danielconcasco

    I'm sorry I wasn't clear. They should teach it simply but accept both.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CliveAmos

    It is a difficult task to simplify two partly associated concepts. A natural division of a day vs a time division of a day.

    Day: sunrise - sunset Night: sunset - sunrise Morning: dawn (before sunrise) - full daylight which makes most of it after sunrise.
    Midday
    Afternoon
    Evening: before sunset - dark which makes most of it after sunset.

    Sunrise and sunset are seasonally variable making them too difficult to assign a time to.

    If a single choice has to be made, noche would appear to be the most accurate...to me at least.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/strangequark_

    Buenas tardes is good afternoon, right?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CliveAmos

    Right! It also means good evening, according to Duo.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lisa618100

    They're just teaching you the proper way of saying it, but no if you say Buenos instead of Buenas, I don't think somebody would correct you, but maybe


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CliveAmos

    There is a pretty good chance of getting corrected. When I was in Oaxaca last year a taxi driver corrected a gender mistake I had made. It was just an oopsie on my part and he understood what I was trying to say. I was happy to be corrected in a friendly manner. It is notable that I have only met nice people in Mexico, very much like the people I meet in Canada. We are pretty much all the same.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tim874695

    I got "Good evening, how are you?" And was given these choices: 1. Buenas noches, ¿como? 2. Buenas tardes, ¿como esta usted?

    I was completely thrown by the revelation that "buenas tardes" apparently means "good evening" when it's been taught to mean "good afternoon". "Como" alone didn't make sense, but neither did "tardes". Any way to keep this straight, or is there a problem with the answer choices?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lovejoy944174

    this is wrong, it should be buenas noches


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DHSpeck

    buenas noches is 'good night'. it's buenas tardes, whereas tardes could also mean 'afternoon'


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rdgaxe

    I find very confusing that in a previous lesson it advises that 'Buenas tardes' is 'Good afternoon' and 'Buenas noches' is both 'Good evening' and' Good night'. This is very similar to Portuguese (BR) where they say 'Boa noite' as 'Good evening' and 'Good night'. However on this sentence "Good evening, how are you?" it translates to "Buenas tardes, ¿cómo está usted?". I would think that should be "Buenas noches, ¿cómo está usted?" or "Buenas noches, ¿cómo estás (tú)?".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CliveAmos

    Put it down as a Spanish anomaly. It appears some regions use tardes as afternoons and evenings while other regions use tardes for afternoons and noches for evenings. This leaves Duo in the predicament of having to teach and accept both as correct. Either way is a lose lose that leads to either tardes or noches with two meanings. English had the fortunate foresight to come up with the term evening for the time between afternoon and night. Both we and Duo need to be flexible with this situation.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sia.55

    Why is the correct answer está and not estás?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rdgaxe

    Because of the conjugation for Usted. "¿Como estás (TU)?" and "¿Como está (USTED)?"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KathrynSoccer14

    I said como estas, without usted, whats wrong?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CliveAmos

    Looks like you forgot the buenas tardes part or got it wrong. "Buenas tardes, como estas." Is the informal version and is accepted.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jeanne711595

    I was confused by buenos noches not being good night rather than good afternoon


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CliveAmos

    It is confusing because it's regional. Some places use buenas tardes and some use buenas noches for evening. It is possible some places use both. Buenas tardes for early evening and buenas noches for late evening. Duo seems to prefer buenas tardes as an answer.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Darryl99798

    What is the difference between tardes and noches?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    "tardes" is afternoon/evening
    "noches" is evening/night

    Duo accepts either for this sentence.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ph.IBKLBf

    Buenas tardes is good afternoon right...?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    Or "good evening"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ph.IBKLBf

    Buenas tardes is good afternoon right..?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    Please delete your duplicate post.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Megan393477

    What does que tal mean

    what does que tal mean? It was given in the help info. ?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    "¿qué tal?" literally means "what such" but figuratively it translates as "What's up?" or "How's it going?" or "How are you?"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KatyPrince3

    Buenas noched, ¿qué tal? Incorrect? Why?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    "noched" is incorrect


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TaylorCorl1

    Why do you use usted? Cant you jist say como estas and have the same meaning of how are you? what is usted used for and what would be the literal difference of translation between como estas and como estas usted mean. Is one wrong or can either be used in certain environments. this is embarrassing...this should seem so easy but im confused. Help?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cora952052

    How can I know that I should use the formal usted? There was no Mr. Mrs. or miss in the question.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    Duo only displays one possible answer, but many others are accepted.

    In most cases, when there's ambiguity Duo does accept all the various forms, but the rest of the sentence must be correct.

    Answers using all Spanish forms of "you" are accepted.

    If your answer was marked as incorrect, the reason was elsewhere. It's not uncommon that people complain about Duo not accepting a different translation for a certain word when the real error is elsewhere in the sentence.

    It is always best to share your full answer in the forum so it can be completely checked.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Irene275076

    Is buenas tarde good afternoon or good evening?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wdherndon

    "Tarde" translates literally as "late" and can be used to mean afternoon or evening, so as @Jim226018 said: yes.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/D3bugs

    idk why its like that, como esta usted is only for formal uses, i guess good evening is more formal than good afternoon idk.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    Duo only displays one possible answer, but many others are accepted.

    In most cases, when there's ambiguity Duo does accept all the various forms, but the rest of the sentence must be correct.

    Answers using all Spanish forms of "you" are accepted.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/David597830

    Could you explain please why "Buenas tardes, que tal?" is wrong? Thanks


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lhyn--lhyn

    why is good evening became a buenas tardes?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    English uses "evening" for the period between "afternoon" and "night" but Spanish only has "la tarde" and "la noche"

    So, "buenas tardes" and "buenas noches" can both be used for "good evening"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JulieNield

    I thought tardes was afternoon and evening was nochas?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    Both can be used. And it is "noches" not "nochas"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bodah1

    Buenas tardes means good afternoon.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    Yes, and it can also mean "Good evening"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gitanomama

    Why do we need usted?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    You don't - it is optional.
    Duo only displays one possible answer, but many others are accepted.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DealNegras

    Shouldn't it be buenas noches?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    That is an accepted alternative.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Marina798936

    evening is sera in my opinion!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    Opinions are irrelevant. This is Spanish, not Italian.
    Evening is "noche" or "tarde"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Danny217238

    Isn't noche evening? Tardes is afternoon, isn't it? I chose evening... (noches)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    There isn't a specific Spanish word for "evening".

    Span¡shD!ct suggests "la tarde" before dark and "la noche" after dark.

    As we don't know the amount of light, both work and are accepted for this sentence.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/highpale

    Why not que tal?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Xctual

    I just learned that "estás" is for "tu" and "está" is used for "usted". Also, this question is strange because we don't know who we're speaking to so using a informal answer shouldn't be marked wrong.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CliveAmos

    Both cómo está (usted) and cómo estás are accepted. Look elsewhere for your mistake.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Xctual

    "estás" was not accepted. I was only off by one letter and it was the extra "s".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CliveAmos

    If you put cómo estás usted, that would be wrong. Using cómo estás alone is the informal you and is correct.

    Did you get buenAs tardes correct? Sometimes Duo does not like buenAs noches for evening.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shreya32817

    Como means i eat..


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CliveAmos

    Yes, como is a verb that means I eat and cómo is a pronoun that means how, like, as.

    Welcome to Spanish. :)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ian81774

    Love the way the hinted options are not accepted as correct. Get your act together


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    Your post seems to be addressing Duo. Unfortunately, no one from Duolingo reads the forum comments. The forum is for us learners to help each other, not to complain to Duo. To get Duo's attention, click on the "report" button and choose one or more of the selections offered.

    Hints are automatically generated without regard to the rest of the sentence. Every result that you see is correct for some context, and it is up to you to determine whether any option offered makes sense for how it needs to be used.

    For example, the phrase "A gift": The hints for "A" would be "un" and "una". Both are possible correct translations.

    But "gift" is "regalo" which is masculine, so now we know that only "un" is correct in the context of this sentence.

    Whilst hints can be useful, the user needs to be careful especially if unsure about whether they are correct for the sentence being translated.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ian81774

    Correct, however, "Good evening" with hints of "Buenas tardes" and "Buenas noches", then "How are you" with hints "que tal". So, "Buenas noches, que tal" is correct?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    Well, I would say yes, it is correct. But for some reason, Duo is not accepting "¿qué tal?" by itself.

    Maybe it's a bit too casual in the context of this sentence?

    What other options did the hints provide?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ian81774

    I can't remember, sorry. I think segments of "como estas usted" was listed if I tapped on the constituent parts of the sentence. I only used the hint to remember if it was buenos or buenas - for some reason I have a hard time remembering that.... And I was lazy so used que tal instead of the full sentence, figuring if it is a hint, why not.....


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    Yeah - Answers using "cómo está(s)" and "qué tal está(s)" are accepted, and it seems like there maybe some nuance here.

    I used "cómo está" as this seems to fit best with "good evening" as opposed to just "hello".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ScottGieno1

    The "correct" example is exactly what I wrote.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/christina912663

    "buenas tardes, qué tal" was marked incorrect. Why? There is no indication that i should speak formally.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    Yours is the 38th occurrence of "qué tal" in this sentence discussion up to now, so I think you if you look at the other comments you should find the answer you are looking for.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Staccato5

    How is ¿Qué tal? wrong???


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    Please read the other comments in this sentence discussion.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Staccato5

    How is ¿Que tal? wrong


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/paulX97

    Isn't it "buenas noches, cómo está ustéd"?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    That is an accepted answer.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Karen329895

    Buenas tardes means goodafternoon and buenas noches good evening right


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    Yes, and either can be used for "Good Evening"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bee701927

    Noches is night... You have tardes


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dadaisukiii

    Why is it "Buenas tardes" when it says "Good evening". Shouldn't it be "Buenas noches"?

    Can someone please explain?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    I refer you to my comment that refers to my previous comment that addresses this exact same question. https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/27433300?comment_id=45827058


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ross583973

    I thought noches was night and tardes was afternoon.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    I refer you to my comment, that refers to my previous comment, that refers to my previous comment, that addresses this exact same question.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Todd338700

    Tardes is afternoon, noches is night. How can you have it both ways?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    I refer you to my comment, that refers to my previous comment, that refers to my previous comment, that refers to my previous comment that addresses this exact same question.

    (I'm trying to say that this question keeps getting asked and the same answer still applies.)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheMagWag

    What is wrong with '¿qué tal? ( for 'how are you? ) It's in the list of possibilities AND it's what most people here in Galicia use!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    I think it is just because it is too casual for Duo to accept.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SKathrynW

    Why is "como estas" wrong? Nothing in the English suggested I have to use the formal "como esta usted"!?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    Answers using "cómo estás" are accepted.

    It's not uncommon that people complain about Duo not accepting a different translation for a certain word when the real error is elsewhere in the sentence.

    It is always best to share your full answer in the forum so it can be completely checked


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnanyaImti

    I am confused. Should't "buenas tardes" be good afternoon and buenas noches be good evening?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wdherndon

    Please, please read the other posts before posting yourself - this has been asked and answered dozens of times already. Spanish has no word for "evening", so they use "tardes" (afternoon) for early evening and "noche" (night) for late evening.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DHSpeck

    Buenas noches is good night but buenas tardes can mean 'good afternoon' or 'good evening'


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Agnes548774

    I have the same question.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lexie902777

    There is no way to tell if this is formal or informal!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    Formal and Informal answers are accepted


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NCanady2011

    If Tardes is afternoon and Nochas is night, then Good Evening should be Buenas Nochas. But they say it's Tarde? Please explain.....????


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    USAGE NOTE
    The use of "buenas tardes" and "buenas noches" depends on the time of day. Before dark you would use the former, and after dark the latter.

    Ref: https://www.spanishdict.com/translate/good%20evening


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/XiEWwXyc

    porque que tal no es bien?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yorkieboycanada

    I put que tal which should be accepted


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RAVISHANKA433347

    Why is que tal wrong?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/okaaaye

    The tip said that usted is only used in formal conversations with "sir" or "ma'am" right? And buenas tardes is "good afternoon" not "good evening", right?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161
    • "usted" is formal, but it doesn't require "sir" or "ma'am" (or the Spanish equivalents)

    • "buenas tardes" is "good afternoon" or "good evening" ("buenas noches is "good evening" or "good night")


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ellephantish

    is noches only for goodbye?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    No. It is for "night" or "evening"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/christina912663

    Whats wrong with "buenas tardes, qué tal"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CliveAmos

    According to the way Duo handles greetings, not much is wrong with que tal here. If "como te va" can be "how are you" rather than sticking to "how are you going" which could easily understood as"how are you doing" or "how is it going".

    Tal means such or such and such. Que tal estás can also mean "how are you doing" or "how is it going". Que tal el viaje means "how was the trip".

    As you can see, a simply worded greeting in English can be seem way too complicated in Spanish. The way I have decided to handle this to use "como estás" for a polite greeting, "como está" for a polite formal greeting, "como te va" for a polite less formal greeting and "que tal" for an informal "hey what's up" type greeting.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZachSimmon12

    The wuestion never told me formal. Ehy dovyou NEED the usted if im not told it os formal or if there is no Mr. or Mrs. indicator


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    If your answer is marked as incorrect and you want to engage the user forum, it is always best to share your full submission so it can be completely checked.

    Answers using the informal are in the correct solutions list


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JessicaNaj982822

    What gives the 1st "o" in cómo the accent? But not the 2nd?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    The accent mark differentiates question words from their non-interrogative counterparts.

    "como" is an adverb which is often translated as "as", and "cómo" is an adverb which is often translated as "how?".

    Ref: https://www.spanishdict.com/compare/como/c%C3%B3mo?searchText=como%20vs%20c%C3%B3mo

    As these two words are pronounced the same way, the correct usage is determined by the context when spoken.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mollie375409

    Can someone please explain why tu is estas and usted is esta?? When i took an actual spanish class usted was estas bc it is saying you, same as tu, but its formal. But if tu and usted are both you, why change the conjugation?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    You are misremembering your class.

    The "usted" and the "" forms are different so that it is clear which one is being used, as the actual subject pronoun can be omitted.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    If you have a question, ask it.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Konstanze862271

    it isn't clarified if the "you" is formal or unformal. so I ask myself, why wasn't "Buenas tardes, qué tal" accepted?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tourdefoz

    How are we meant to know that it's used in the formal sense?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    Answers composed as formal or informal are both accepted.

    If your answer is marked as incorrect and you want to engage the user forum, it is always best to share your full submission so it can be completely checked.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_Binch_

    And also why is it wrong "buneas tardes que tal"...its not specified if it sb u know as a friend or sb older or unknown (if thats the issue here)...(i apologize if that was already asked somewhere :) better twice than...)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    You need "buenas" not "buneas"

    Also, it seems that Duo regards "qué tal" alone as too colloquial/casual/slangy and requires more, such as "qué tal estás"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HannahCadm1

    I wrote que tal which us how are you? It didnt say formally and it didnt have senor or senora to make me think it should be formal. Shouldnt take a heart for that


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GaryConn1

    how do i unfollow this group? I hit the unfollow button and clearly nothing happens because I keep getting emails.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KatherineT21509

    They didn't accept que tal either


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Johnyboi03

    When to use como esta vs como esta usted?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CliveAmos

    Como esta and como esta usted both mean the same thing. Usted is almost always optional. Como estas is for the informal you.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Patty624673

    Tips and rules state: when in doubt use masculine


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    Please provide a link to read these tips and rules.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CliveAmos

    That rule only applies to people and is not about your doubt. In this case tardes is feminine so buenas must match it.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nicholas391077

    Why is not buenas noches?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CliveAmos

    There is no good reason for Duo not to accept buenas noches for good evening... assuming you got the rest of the sentence correct.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LieseNiede

    tardes is afternoon


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Megan393477

    Que tal has been accepted in the past.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rob339452

    should be good evening buenas noches, cómo estas, why to add usted at the end...? como estas usted is when asking how are you Mr.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WilliamsAg18266

    "Buenas tardes" is "good afternoon" and the question says "good evening"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    🥱
    "buenas tardes" can also be used for "good evening"

    Ref: https://www.spanishdict.com/translate/buenas%20tardes


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Norma793444

    It's says Good evening ,so its buenas noches,(buenas tardes is good afternoon so why i was wrong on Buenas noches,¿Cómo está usted?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wdherndon

    Please, please read before posting. These forums are overrun with the same questions over and over again. Spanish has no word for evening - they use tardes for early evening (before sunset) and noches for late evening (after sunset). I think the answer you posted is accepted - are you sure you copied it precisely? I usually copy and paste to be sure.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/brangran

    Tardes is NOT evening, but noches marked wrong. Also everytime i start a lesson now I am being asked for my password, then told it is wrong and i have to reset it. This is happening daily. I have emailed thi s is really putting me off learning.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    > Tardes is NOT evening
    That's not quite right.
    Ref: https://www.spanishdict.com/translate/buenas%20tardes

    > noches marked wrong
    That's not quite right.
    Answers using "buenas noches" are in the list of Correct Solutions.

    Can't help with the password issue. Sorry!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RaynBlue

    why is "buenas tardes como está usted, señor" incorrect?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    Because you added "señor"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Majkonflajn

    how could i know they want the culture form? wrrr


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    What is 'the culture form' ?

    If your answer is marked as incorrect and you want to engage the user forum, it is always best to share your full submission so it can be completely checked.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/paulamari12

    Why not "que tal"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sara918153

    I still have no idea how to use usted. I feel like there wasn't a lot of training on it.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    The"usted" subject pronoun is optional, (like all other subject pronouns), most of the time.

    The "usted" verb form is used to address someone directly but in a more formal or polite way than the "" form.

    As a general guide, use the "usted" form with elders, superiors, professionals, and people you do not know.

    If there is any doubt about which to use, the "usted" form is probably your best choice.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mary596357

    Why wouldn't "que tal" be accepted?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CliveAmos

    "Que tal" means "What's up". There are many who seem to think evey Spanish greeting should translate to "How are you".

    If I wished someone "Buenas tardes" (Good evening) I would be really annoyed at anyone who translated it as "What's up" or "How are you".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Garry458768

    I said exactly this to my friend and they new exactly what I meant.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Garry458768

    Can you please enlighten me as to why my answer is wrong?????


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    What was your answer? The user community cant see it unless you share it here.

    If you believe you have typed a sentence that is in the correct solutions list.

    If possible, please capture a screenshot to share with the user forum so that we can try to see what went wrong.

    How To Upload A Screenshot

    https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/33394339


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/virginiaco995559

    in using estar, what is the difference in estas (tu) and the usage of estar (esta) in referring to how are you?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WandaCrits

    What is the difference in use of como esta usted and como estas?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CaralWinte

    'Cómo está' is formal. So you use it in the bank, with the doctor and for older people that you don't know. 'Cómo estás' is informal and what you say to your family, friends and acquaintances you know.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TomS611044

    Why not "que tal"?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CforChelsea

    I typed in buenos noches for good evening, but it says the correct answer is buenas tardes. I thought buenas tardes was good afternoon, no?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    'noche' is feminine, so you need 'buenas noches'

    Either phrase can be used for "good evening":
    https://www.spanishdict.com/translate/good%20evening


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alan610895

    Buenos tardes is good afternoon not good evening.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    It can be either, but only if you use the correct forms:

    'buenas tardes'

    Ref: https://www.spanishdict.com/translate/buenas%20tardes


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DramaDr

    I used noches to translate 'evening'. It was marked wrong and said i should have used tardes, which is afternoon, not evening.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    Sentences using 'noches' are in the list of Duo's Correct Solutions for this exercise.

    If your answer is marked as incorrect and you want to engage the user forum, it is always best to share your full submission so it can be completely checked.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Megan393477

    What does que tal mean?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Koodziej1

    Buenas tardes, ¿que tal? is wrong


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aby_Baduya

    Hello, does "tardes" mean evening? because I tought it means afternoon


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    Yes, 'tardes' can be used for "afternoon" or "evening" and 'noches can be used for "evening" or "night"

    There is no direct translation of "evening" so either 'tardes' or 'noches' can be used depending upon whether it is early or late.

    https://www.spanishdict.com/translate/good%20evening


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JimBish11

    Why is Que tal? Not acceptable?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ph.jHRhl0

    Tardes is for afternoon not evening


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

    I really wish people would verify their facts (or read other comments) before making claims.

    'buenas tardes' can mean "good afternoon" or "good evening"

    https://www.spanishdict.com/translate/buenas%20tardes


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vana837376

    ¿Qué tal está? Is what they were looking for


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hacu.

    Nope, that's saying: "How's it going you are?".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EmeraldEas

    Hello! I think what you should have put was: 'Cómo estás' instead of 'Como estas' for your answer.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KaroleWebs

    Why is 'como estas' wrong??


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EmeraldEas

    Probably because you forgot to put: the ' á ' in 'estás' to make it '¿Cómo estás?'..... also you forgot to put the correct 'o' in ¿Cómo estás?'.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eleanora-aprende

    Noches not being accepted. Can someone explain? Does it have to do with daylight? In America evening and night are essentially the same.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hacu.

    Noche should be accepted for evening as well.

    ▪Tardes: afternoon/ early evening

    ▪Noches: late evening/ night


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EmeraldEas

    Maybe because Noches can be night, but yet it can be afternoon/evening. But since it is evening I think you would put Buenas tarde, ¿Cómo estás?.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/anthonyleah

    How do i know its formal against informal


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hacu.

    Without context, you don't.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndrewJSmith95

    Buenos tardes, como esta usted? Why does Duolingo insist that this should be female? Do you default to female or male when you dont know who is being addressed?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nick_Pr

    This sentence does not change basedon the gender of who is addressed. "Buenas" agrees with "tardes" which is a feminine word.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JuanCarlos926671

    "La mañana", "la tarde" and "la noche" are female. But "el día" is male.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nameugone

    Isnt noches also evening and night?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hacu.

    ▪Tardes: afternoon to early evening

    ▪Noches: late evening (after dinner/supper) to night


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/trish853564

    What's wrong with que tal


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hacu.

    It's "how's it going" rather than "how are you".


    [deactivated user]

      Why was I wrong to answer "Buenas tardes, como le va a usted?"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hacu.

      'Buenas tardes' is fine, but after that you're saying "I eat (or 'as') he (/she/it) is going to you".


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Karolxox

      Which one do you use more often? Como estas or como esta usted? I think como estas sounds better! :)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hannahkusumo

      como esta usted is for more formal situations


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CliveAmos

      In general, use como estas with someone you know or are friendly with and use como esta (usted) with strangers or with people you want to show respect for.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VinnieYardieEh

      Why is "tardes" to be called as evening? I know for a fact that "tardes" is supposed to be Afternoon..


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/norahsimon07

      It can actually be either. 'Tardes' can mean 'Afternoon' or Evening'. Reading the Tips can give you a helpful insight to this.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shubhi830

      but noches is evening! and tardes is afternoon


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/norahsimon07

      Actually 'Noches' is night, whereas 'Tardes' can be 'Afternoon' or 'Evening'. Reading the tips cang give you a helpful insight to this.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aydan528014

      Not tardes,it should be noches.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

      "tardes" is afternoon/evening
      "noches" is evening/night

      Duo accepts either for this sentence.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TaylorCorl1

      tardes is afternoon noches is evening. Am i missing something here or did dualingo mess up on this one?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

      "tardes" is afternoon/evening
      "noches" is evening/night

      EDIT:
      Duo accepts either for this sentence.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GloryBring2

      Buenas tardes is 'Good afternoon'. This should be Buenas noches.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

      "buenas noches" is accepted.

      "buenas tardes" can be "good afternoon" or "good evening"
      "buenas noches" can be "good night" or "good evening"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZenZation

      Why is "buenas tardes SEÑOR" wrong? I had the whoke sentence correct apart from I added "señor" which made me fail the answer.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Danielconcasco

      You added a word that wasn't in the sentence. There is no sir in the English, so señor doesn't belong.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sean312636

      Why put usted and señora in the choices and not use them?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Danielconcasco

      Why would use use señora (ma'am), a word not part of the sentence?

      Not every tile will always be used. That's part of the exercise.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Savina40977

      i was on this and i typed it right but it said it was wrong


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wdherndon

      It really helps others help you if you open the discussion in a new tab and then copy-paste your answer to your post. It also gives you another chance to compare your answer - I've often seen my error while I was preparing to post about it. I've also often seen definite errors by Duo, and it will help Duo fix them.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sini75913

      Good evening is Buenas noches not tardes


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

      It can be either:

      The use of "buenas tardes" and "buenas noches" depends on the time of day. Before dark you would use the former, and after dark the latter.

      Ref: https://www.spanishdict.com/translate/good%20evening


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gjonmayerhofer

      Really 636 comments so far. Tardes is afternoon noches is evening


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

      And "tardes is also "evening" and "noches" is also "night"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gjonmayerhofer

      Really 636 comments so far. I'll wager it is because tardes is afternoon not evening.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wdherndon

      No, it's because: (1) many don't read before they post, like you and (2) many post the same things multiple times, like you. There is no specific word for evening. Early evening = late afternoon (tardes), late evening = night (noche). If you don't accept that explanation, then upvote the hopefully single post that explains why that is wrong, rather than adding more unhelpful posts.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KadeinwalesDL

      Why does "Buenas tardes, que tal" not get accepted? It means the smae thing is como estas or como estas usted...


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nightshadowcat

      It is hard i made mistake on the first try


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Megaphone6

      Tardes means afternoon


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RobertHill702257

      This is not correct . Noches is evening


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pamelasidd1

      The hints should be the way the Spanish sentence should be spoken in that order Spanish that is


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dancastane

      Buenas noche is right too. Instead it was a wrong answer.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wdherndon

      "Buenas noches" is accepted. "Buenas noche" is not. Tip: copy/paste your entire answer - sometimes the error is in an entirely different part of the sentence.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/poncho100365

      I thought tardes meant afternoon and noches meant evening?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wdherndon

      Please read before posting. Your question has already been answered dozens of times: there is no specific word for evening, "noches" means night. So tardes is used for afternoon and early evening, noches is used for late evening and night.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GaryConn1

      I too answered "buenos trades, como esters", its a shame to see that 1 or 2 years ago this was reported and the error was not corrected


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CliveAmos

      Gary, do read the forum and then look at what you wrote. The reasons for not accepting it will be obvious. Don't give up, you will get it.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ViolonDelfin

      I swear i got it right, after checking with my Spanish teacher and Google translate! I put Buenos tardes, como esta usted? Usually accents and punctuation don't matter so i dont know what's wrong


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pratospicantes

      Jim beat me to it. I'll just add this. You cannot trust Google Translate for usage. It's a decent tool for getting some meaning out of a text, but it often will give you the wrong endings.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

      You and your Spanish teacher need to stop swearing and check more carefully. 😀

      "tardes" is feminine, so you need "buenas" not "buenos"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Annamay470647

      Are all times of the day feminine? If so, why didn't Duolingo just tell me that in the beginning? It would have prevented a lot of frustration and loss of hearts. I understand that MOST words ending in "a" are feminine, but words ending in consonants and "e" are confusing for me.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LieseNiede

      After one try I type what they believe is correct. Otherwise, I can't move forward.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CliveAmos

      Perhaps you will take the hint that you might be wrong and try reading the forum to find out why.

      Just saying. :)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cmada1

      Good evening is buenas noches. The other choices meant good afternoon. Pls correct this


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wdherndon

      Please read before you post.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LesSUPERNO

      Buenos tades is afternoon noches is evening, why is it like that buesna tardes como estas? Should be saying good afternoon how are you


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

      "buenas tardes" can also be used for "good evening"

      Ref: https://www.spanishdict.com/translate/buenas%20tardes


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gerannamoe

      I got marked incorrect for "Buenas tardes, ¿cómo se llama usted?" The suggested answer was "Buenas tardes, ¿cómo se halla usted?"

      Wut.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Agenou

      Well, that's probably because ¿cómo se llama usted? means "What is your name?" NOT "How are you?"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sharon919702

      My husband says you have to think in Spanish, and I think that does happen. It is starting to kick in w/me. Starting, lol.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lyza486374

      I'm confused... I said Buenas trades, como estas and it corrected me to: Buenas tardes, como esta. Why no 's' on the end of esta?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Angemail

      **Buenas tardes, ¿Cómo está usted? [formal]. Buenas tardes ¿Cómo estás? [informal, sin el tú].

      Atención que la RAE nos confunde algunas veces, por ejemplo, con los acentos, todo varía de acuerdo con omisiones: Como éstas, (I eat these; like these) estas, está/ estás (¿Cómo estás?)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MikeSoltis

      Not using the word bank, either tardes or noches SHOULD be acceptable. Unless you don't know Spanish, eh?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Malayoza

      Why was I wrong, qué tal usted?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hacu.

      Qué tal is more suitable in a situation where you ask (e.g.) your friend "What's up?" / "How's it going?".


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JuanCarlos926671

      It is possible to translate "how are you?" to "que tal usted?" (and thus, it would be accepted as correct).... However, this is more accepted as the translation of "how about you?".


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/shannon565108

      The answer should not be incorrect. Duolingo you need to let us know if the answer has to be the formal way. The only acceptable answer is, cómo estás usted(formal)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hacu.

      ▪Cómo está usted = formal

      ▪Cómo estás = informal


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alex386823

      Tardes is day and noches is evening. Your definition is incorrect.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hacu.

      Tardes is afternoon/ early evening. Noches is late evening/ night. The owl is correct.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DHSpeck

      what is wrong with ' que tal' if it is a friend


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hacu.

      It's "how's it going" rather than "how are you".


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CarolSalin15

      Why did I get it wrong when I wrote buenos tardes como esta usted senor. I mean I was close enough


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hannahkusumo

      because you're not sure if the person you are talking to is male.


      [deactivated user]

        No, that's wrong. 'Tardes' is female, so it's supposed to be Buenas not Buenos.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jan139433

        Please upvote. Course contributors, when they do a search, cannot find a sentence with negative votes. Thus, it will never be fixed unless and until there are no negative votes.

        Upvote, please.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

        Why?

        As I understand it, using the Report Flag is still the correct way to draw attention to a sentence if you think it needs to be reviewed (why does this sentence need t be reviewed?)

        And by the way, the Course Contributor program is ended.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wdherndon

        Is it really that way? If so, then it is really, really stupid that the moderators and admins keep telling us to report, report, report.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KathrynN.F

        First, noches is evening, while tardes is afternoon. Second, it should be accepted to use como esta without the usted.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CaralWinte

        In Spain before 2pm. 'Buenos días' Between 2pm-8pm "Buenas tardes" is used. After 8pm "Buenas noches" Yet don't forget the first two are used as greetings, and the last is used as a farewell.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Szasza860894

        Buenas tardes, che passa? Means pretty much the same, not?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hacu.

        It doesn't mean anything. And Qué pasa? would be "What's happening?" / "What's up?".


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ph.rN6giG

        Please correct the mistake. Buenas tardes is good afternoon


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161

        There is no mistake. If there was a mistake, the users here in this forum couldn't fix it.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Megaphone6

        Tardes is afternoon not evening

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