"Buenas tardes, señora."
Translation:Good evening, ma'am.
Ma'am is an inappropriate translation in UK English. Its only use is by butlers in period dramas.
I was going to say exactly that! I cringe seeing ma'am. Though saying that I don't know what else could be used. The correct translation would be 'good evening Mrs' or 'good evening lady' and no one would say that either. Looks like we'll have to continue to be butlers!
when I did it, it's been there as Mrs., but Duo marked it wrong when I've chosen it
Cuando no sabes el apellido de la persona se utiliza SIR (señor) y MA'AM (señora). Pero si sabes el apellido puedes usar: Miss, Mr, Mrs, Ms, dependiendo.
Should be Good evening, madam. Also madam in the answer should be one word, not ma and dam, or ma and 'am
I wrote "Good evening, miss" because I wrote "good evening, ma'am" previously and it corrected me that it should be "miss". In either case, shouldn't "miss" or "ma'am" work for señora?
Señora is Mrs. Or ma'am. Senorita is miss.
Basically anything that ends in 'ito' or 'ita' means cute, little, or young.
I used "Ms." for one response to "señorita" and it was accepted.
Where we live in San Miguel de Allende Mexico tardes is afternoon up till the sunsets then it is noches. Even google translate has tardes as afternoon? 10/5/19 not accepted as afternoon???
Ma'am is a southern thing. Out here in western United States, it's only rarely used. Like you might answer a judge or someone with a lot of authority, Yes Ma'am, but you wouldn't say it to someone on the street or in casual conversation. (For those who don't know America has a lot of different regional dialects. :p)
In Spain, tardes is afternoon. 3pm - 8-9 pm is Tardes. After 8-9 pm it becomes Night/Noches. My teacher, who is spanish, explained to me that greetings change after mealtimes, Lunch is around 1.30-3.30. Dinner is after 8.30. Which means, Buenos Noches can mean good evening (on meeting) or goodnight (on leaving)
That is exactly how I've always understood it, too. "La tarde" being "the afternoon," it's between lunch and dinner/supper.
My guess is duo lingo doesn't quite understand when apostrophes are used as part of a single word as opposed to a conjunction.
Separating doesn't into does and 'nt makes sense to me because they are two words, but ma'am seems like an error/oversight
abbreviation of madam. The only time I know people use it is talking to the monarch. God knows why.
That's no excuse. Ma'am is the only contraction I've seen broken up like that. It's one thing to break possessive 's into its own tile, because it's it's own semantic unit, but contractions like "she's" have always been single tiles. And "ma'am" is just "madam" with the d elided out of it. Separating "ma" and "am" creates two completely unrelated words.
I don't think I realized ma'am was such an American thing. Basically every lady who is an upper teenager or older is referred to as ma'am.
I have tried using mrs and misses for señora. Both times I wa marked wrong, but shouldn't they be right?
"Misses" is plural for young ladies, as in more than one miss. "Mrs." is an abbreviation, and I don't think those are accepted. Has anybody tried the unabbreviated form, missus?
I wrote "Good afternoon" instead of "Good evening"... I always thought I could use "Buenas tardes" for both?
In the UK Ma'am is also used in the armed forces and police force when addressing a female officer of senior rank so is perfectly valid.
I wrote good afternoon and its wrong??? Im so confused I thought noche was night
It isn't slang, and it isn't just the south. In the US Military, women officers are referred to as "ma'am". Ma'am is a polite way to address a woman, like señora. It isn't especially southern except that the south does tend to be more polite than much of the rest of the country.
I agree. Ma'am isn't uncommon or only southern. It's a polite way to address a grown woman. It's also not slang, since it is a contraction for "Madam" which is proper English.
I wrote "Good afternoon, Mrs." and Duolingo did not except it. What is wrong? Thanks
I agree that it should accept "miss". It might not be the literal translation of señora, but it's the closest thing for many of us. If I want to say good evening to someone, I just say "Good evening". I would never use "ma'am", "madam" or "madame" in any context, whereas "miss" is used in schools for all female teachers, married or not.
I wrote, "Good afternoon, old lady.", but it's wrong. Maybe it's sounds a little offensive, calling someone "old". LOL
When address directly - use ma'am. When indirectly - lady. "Is it your bag, ma'am?". "Give this lady her bag please"
Title: "Señora Ruiz" - Mrs. Ruiz
Honorific: "Hola Señora" - Hello ma'am
Descriptor: "Esa señora" - that lady
Should accept multiple answers for señora, every lesson it uses another translation
It says tyoe the spanish you hear?? Then says its the wrong answer because i didnt transl to English
Buenos before masculine plural nouns, Buenas before feminine plural nouns.
Tardes is feminine so buenas tardes. Someone said in a different thread that Apollo is the god of sun and Artemis is the goddess of moon so dias is masculine and tardes and noches are feminine. I thought that was a good way of remembering it.
buenas tardes is good afternoon. (tardes = afternoon) and (noches = evening)
Mrs. was marked wrong why? How should I guess that ma' am could be separted into to words ma' and am (which doesn't make any sense, for it's a shortened madam, a single word, while am is meaningful itself)
How do I know whether or not to say Beunas (feminine) or Buenos (masculine)?
Why the distinction between "how are you mister" and "how are you sir"? Both of those sentences are the same and correct.
At least if you're going to tell me once that "señor" means "sir", don't mark me wrong when I use "sir" later, when it's grammatically appropriate!
All five times through this lesson I got booted out for missing questions while correctly translating those words.
When should I use Buenas noches or Buenas tardes as good evening? I'm pretty confused. Are they interchangeable?
Why and whst makes the difference btwern buenos and buenas ? When to use the " a " and " o" in that word ? Please explain thanks
It was on my screen. The just broke it down into 2 tiles ("ma" and "'am") for some reason.
Wrote tardes for evening in a previous statement and it was wrong (should have been noches), this time with senora at the end its tardes. What's the difference?
They accepted "madame" for me! Cause ma'am is very annoying to write and very american, as previously mentioned,
I learned that it is between lunch and dinner/supper. So, after 12-3 PM and until 6-9 PM depending on what time the meals of the day are eaten.