"My parents are also happy today."
Translation:Mis padres también están felices hoy.
también = also Their sentence was: Mis padres están felices hoy también.
My understanding is that the placement of adverbs can vary depending on what it is directly effecting (just like they do in English). They can be placed at the start/end of the sentence OR before/after the verb. This placement depends on what the adverb is impacting and what you want to emphasize. Usually they are placed close to or next to the word they impact. Lastly, an adverb usually comes before an adjective it is impacting. This is similar to English. Examples:
Also my parents are happy. (places emphasis the entire sentence)
My parents are happy also. (not as common but it emphasizes the adverb also)
My parents are also happy. (emphasizes the word happy)
My parents also are happy. (emphasizes the verb)
I answered with, "Mis padres están tambien felices hoy." It was counted incorrect.
Is the order of the words that really that specific in actually use?
I have the same question. Sometimes in English, the place of a word changes the meaning of the sentence. Is this the case with the place of también in this sentence?
English sentence: 'My parents are also happy today'. I chose in Spanish: Mis padres están también felices hoy. DL marked it wrong. Said the correct answer is: Mis padres también están felices hoy. Isn't my answer the literal translation, and also doesn't it mean the same? Is the phrase "están también" improper grammar for Spanish? Should it always be "también" first? There are few explanations as to why something is incorrect.
I answered with "contentos" which means the same thing as "felices" and was counted wrong. Not sure why this is incorrect.
It should be okay. It has probably not been added to the database yet. You can use the Report button to bring it to their attention.
Same question. Is it "my parents (as well as others) are happy today" OR "my parents are happy today (as well as another day)" OR "my parents today are happy (as well as having another emotion)"?
Depends on the context of the discussion. These meanings are often flexible on the specifics and Duo doesn't give any context.
I looked it up. "Ademas" means "also" or "as well", but it hasn't been introduced. I reported it.
With regard to word placement, consider "If you told me you loved me". Insert the word "only" anywhere in the sentence to get eight different meanings.
I used son instead of estan(with accent mark on the a) for the verb. This is a critical error for me because I'm making this mistake a lot, It's a usage error that I'm not getting right. Estan is for a plural usage but I thought son is used either singular or plural. Thanks for your help.
Ser and Estar are very confusing. Both verbs mean 'to be' but are used in different ways. I use the following two mnemonics on which to use and it seldom fails me:
SER: DOCTORE (D-date; definition, O -occupation, C-characteristics, T-time, O- origin, R-relationships, E-events
ESTAR: PLACE (P- position, L- location, A-action, C- condition, E-emotions.
In this case we are dealing with emotions so Estar is correct.
Ser and Estar are conjugated differently. The following lists are in the typical order you'll find for verb conjugations: 1st person (I) , 2nd person (you), 3rd person (he, she, it) , 1st person plural (we) , and 3rd person plural (they)
Ser: soy, eres, es, somos, son
Estar: estoy, estás. está, estamos, están
Please notice that both 'son' and 'están' are 3rd person plural but for different verbs. Hope this helps.
I used "son" instead of "estan" and it was marked incorrect. I don't get it.
Make this your mantra: For how you feel or where you are, always use the verb Estar.
Edit for more info please see my answer to John above.
I ran across someone who mentioned that when one gets back to their tree, notice in the box where one clicks in to start their lesson, there is a light bulb. Clicking on the light bulb will bring one to a page that helps to explain new words and what the lesson will be about. Ser and estas were both mentioned saying Estas is for a temporary situation with "t" being the reminder. Ser is for a more permanent situation. I find when starting a new circle on the tree it helps to check out the light bulb and also use the word bank to get used to the new words. DL only allows the use of the word bank in the earlier levels. Eventually having to write the words.
Good advice however be very careful with the temporary/permanent thing for estar and ser. It can be terribly misleading as Duo does a poor job of explaining how to apply it. For a more reliable reference please see my post above regarding DOCTORE and PLACE.
I've noticed quite a bit that the word boxes are missing important words. This time, the boxes were missing "tambien". Kinda hard to get the answer right when the correct words are missing (yes, I know I could have just typed it instead).
Because 'mis padres' is plural.
Mi padre está feliz. = My father is happy.
Edit remember that this is an adjective here. So it needs to match in number and gender.
Why does the word order matter here when it doesn't in other instances? Very confusing