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"¿La universidad tiene tres bibliotecas?"

Translation:Does the university have three libraries?

May 27, 2018



Why is "Has the university three libraries" incorrect?


That's just not how questions are phrased in (American) English.


How am i supposed to know if this is a question or a statement?


Questions have question marks.
Statements do not.
In fact, Spanish has two question marks (one is upside down).


This sounds more like a statement rather than a question to me.


Yes. In both English and Spanish, we can ask a question by making an indicative statement, rather than using an interrogative sentence.

Both languages do that through using rising intonation, and using a question mark in print.

That said, I do believe that DL should use the interrogative sentence form (reversed subject-object) more often, and use the indicative (statement) form less.


And yes, the robot did not use rising intonation. Good thing the written had a question mark!


It was my understanding that the interrogative word order was the more common usage. Has that changed? It's been quite a few years since I studied Spanish in high school.


Good question.


I also had a listening exercise. I took it as a statement. Duo accepted that but showed an alternative as a question. Listening again, i heard a slight rise at the endof sentence.


Queations Have Two Question Marks, For Example ¿Que hora es? Statements Do not. I hope this helped you. :3


The university -have- or -has-?


The university has something. However when using a helping verb we use have.

Does the university have...?


That's what I also want to know


When you make questions in 3th person the verb HAS becomes HAVE because of the Auxiliar DOES. Sentence: The University has three libraries. Question: DOES the University HAVE three libraries.


How will you say 'The university has three libraries'.


The same way just without the questionmarks. Since the word order of normal sentences and questions can be the same you have a questionmark at the beginning as well, so you immediatley know what it is.


In Spanish, it is "la universidad tiene tres bibliotecas."


" Tiene la univercidad tres bibliotecas? "
Is that correct?
Thanks in advance. Efcharisto


With the typo corrected and the opening question mark added, I believe that's correct, yes.


Why cant i use "3"?


When "three" is used in a sentence and doesn't indicate the digit, using the digit is generally frowned upon. Usually, it's wise to translate using the same style as the original.


I thought I figured out that 'tienes' is used in questions, whereas 'tiene' in statements, and in previous exercises that seemed to be true. What rule of grammar am I missing?


Just like in English you must conjugate the verb to the correct subject. 'I have' vs 'He has'. The same holds true for Spanish.

(tú) Tienes = you have

(él, ella) Tiene = he/she/it has

This site might help you with how to conjugate (or change) the verbs so that they correspond to the correct subject. A word of warning... it contains a lot of information. Don't be discouraged because most verbs in Spanish follow a pattern based on their endings (ar, er, ir).


How to make a question in spanish?


There are several ways to do that. The simplest one, is the one used in this exercise: You write the sentence as a statement, but you put question marks around it. When you say it, you end the sentence on a higher note to indicate it's a question. Simple as that.


Why "Does the university has three libraries." is Wrong??


Because you can only get one conjugated verb per clause. In this case, "does" is conjugated, and therefore "have" is not conjugated.


What makes this a question vs a statement? It sounded like a statement "The university has 3 libraries." It did not sound as though the speaker was asking a question. How does one know?


Should be HAS instead of HAVE


No, that wouldn't make sense in English. We would never say does it has...?


How does this statement Look like if you make a statement like the university has three libraries


What is the point of presenting a phrase in English to be translated and the the exact same phrase in Spanish to be translated back to English?


How do we distinguish between a statement and a question? I got this correct but I have a very hard time knowing the difference here when translating.


You don't say does it has in English. The helping verb does requires the bare infinitive.

It has.

Does it have?


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