Moreover, "There is no living room in this house" shouldn't be accepted, as the "room" is a countable noun and the article is mandatory
Sala is specifically a living room when talking about houses. "Room" in general is habitación, and your translation doesn't make a lot of sense.
I read your answer as: there is no space available in this house. But English is not my native language, so I might be wrong.
It seems to me that "una" should not be in the translation unless the translation is "there isn't a living room in this house". In other words, why wouldn't the sentence read "no hay sala en esta casa"?
The article is usually added in these "no hay" sentences to emphasise the tangibleness. It's used for things of which you'd expect one specific one to exist, but it doesn't. "No hay sala" could mean that you're looking for some room to do something; "no hay una sala" means that you're looking for a living room, specifically.
I could go with "There is not one living room" for the English translation, but "a" sounds weird to me here somehow.
"Tangibleness"...good word. I get it. If I want to emphasise that the house has no living room because I need a place for the sofa, that's one thing. If I want to emphasize only that the house has no living room, that's another. Thanks!
I believe this is due to the fact that currently most of the houses are not built with separate living room and dining room. For instance, in Portugal we have "sala de estar" for living room and "sala de jantar" for dining room but currently most houses only have a living room that also acts as dining room and, in this case, we just refer it as "sala"... probably the same happens with Spanish.
In spanish sala is a room hall or ward. Living room is sala de estar!!!
Ok, in an earlier exercise room was accepted as a translation for Sala. And now it is not. I know it usually refers to a living room fyi.
It's quite an odd wording. Usually if you start with "There is not a", something more emphatic is following, like "There is not a single person here."
Here is a good one. Apparently Duolingo has been programmed to be an English language editor??: My answer: What are your parent's names? Duolingo: What are your parents' names?
Although I only add an apostrophe if the previous word ends with a "s"... both forms appear to be correct (see 1c in https://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/apostro.asp).
Ok I realize that but in terms of translation to English (in a class at least) it still should not be an error
"Parent's" and "parents' " are different words with different grammatical implications, do Duo is right to correct you. "Parent's" refers to the possession(s) of a single parent (parent + 's), and "parents' " if there are multiple parents who possess something (parents + '(s)). (The 's' after the apostrophe is left out if the base word is a plural ending with 's'.)
To give a neater example:
- the girl's dog - one girl has a dog
- the girls' dog - multiple girls share one dog
You did not pay attention to my previous reply that grammatically Duolingo was correct, however when learning another language (especially online) that error should have not counted as one because I got the meaning right. This is not an English grammar course last time I checked. Sorry.
I apologise. That intention didn't come out well from your comments.
Duolingo's correction mechanism has to follow strict rules (it's a computer, after all), and for the sake of simplicity of the programming, these are the same rules for both the base language and the target language.
Re: RyagonIV Yes in fact I pointed out to someone else that we are interacting with a program, not a teacher. Therein lies the problem.
"The girls's dog" is not correct, though. I'm not sure where you're getting that from. If you look into the article you linked, Rule 2a is the only one that applies here, regarding regular plural nouns.
The 's' can be added if the base noun is singular and ends with an 's', though. In these cases, both versions are alright:
- the princess's horse = the princess' horse
- plural: the princesses' horse
@RyagonIV... I stated the reference (see 1c in https://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/apostro.asp).
Duo only ignores special characters if they are not inside a word. It will mark you down if you (wrongly) forget or add a dash (like in "well-behaved"), or mess with apostrophes.
The "not inside a word" thing also leads to a fun quirk in the program: If you correctly use a plural-possessive like "their parents' names", it will delete the apostrophe (since it's not inside a word), and then say that you have a typo because the proper sentence has to contain that apostrophe.
Rule 1c doesn't apply, though, because "girl" is not a "noun ending in 's'". Rule 1c is only for singular nouns.
Ohhh... as the rule didn't refer singular or plural, I assumed that it would apply also to plural nouns.
Even though I do not use the 's after a noun ending in s, I am glad that I took the English-Spanish course (as opposed to the Portuguese-Spanish)... every now and then, I learn something new in English :)
And since I regularly put the " 's" on words that end with 's', that makes us mortal enemies now. :)
I kid. I'm glad you keep on learning. We all should do the same.
Ok here is a new question:
Muchas familias son pequeñas. So what is the meaning here, that they are small in stature or few in number?
It's just what you'd imagine in English when you hear "small family" - usually that it has not many members, unless there's strong context pointing in a different direction.
Well maybe you should refer back to where Duolingo uses pequena/pequeno in regards to a person's size. That is what prompted my question. I've stopped making assumptions with Duolingo. Also if you look in another dictionary they define some as algunas, but duolingo is fixed on unos/unas.
Yes... if you say "una persona pequeña" then the meaning is clear as it is a reference to stature/size ("una persona baja" has the same meaning).
The same applies to the family: the family size... the number of elements. Like @RyagonIV said, you will need a very strong context to point to a different meaning.
The term "baja" is clearer for disambiguation as it will mean "short" (for statures) or "low" (for instance, for heights or temperatures).
Having used had the word lounge accepted for sala in numerous other translations, it was not accepted this time.
Rosetta Stone says you are wrong. Una sala de estar was living room in that!
I wrote exactly what is suggested as correct, just without a dot at the end, and it was not accepted. January 14, 2019
Hay is a special conjugation of the verb haber, "to have". Hay is the impersonal present form and means "there is" or "there are". It talks about the existence of something.
"There are no living rooms in this house". Whats wrong with this statement
The effect is the same, though, whether you don't have one living room or multiple living rooms. You end up with zero living rooms.