"Mi hermana tiene diez años."

Translation:My sister is ten years old.

5 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Rahul788221

Tiene means "has". Why are we using it for "is"?

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/spiceyokooko
spiceyokooko
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Ages in Spanish are written like that.

La niña tiene cinco años, the girl has 5 years = the girl is 5 years old.

This is a good explanation:

https://www.thoughtco.com/ages-spanish-basics-3079211

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sweetenedally

Is Spanish, you wouldnt say "I am (certain # of years) old." You would say "I have (certain # of years." You would use the possesive term "tiene" to show that the person "has" a certain number of years under their belt, so to speak. That's just how it is in Spanish.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EugeneTiffany

That's the trick of it. It's Spanish!

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/juufa72
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In English we can say "My sister is ten."

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Thylacaleo
Thylacaleo
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Yes, in English the 'years old' is quite often left out of the sentence, and Duo accepts this.

3 months ago
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