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"Do you want those shirts?"

Translation:¿Ustedes quieren aquellas camisas?

June 1, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Emily472128

Why is "quieres esas camisas" wrong?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/spiceyokooko

Quieres esas camisas

Ustedes quieren aquellas camisas

Usted quiere esas camisas

Vosotros queréis aquellas camisas

Should all be marked correct as there's no indication here of what 'you' form they want.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/.jrp
  • 312

Report, report, report. Otherwise there will be no change.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PinarFernandes

I see that you have written this report two years ago... Two years after we are still complaining the same issue! I think Duolingo has to take these complaints seriously.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161
Mod
  • 427

"¿Quieres esas camisas?" is an accepted answer, although it may not have been when the original comment was posted.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AliceRSchmidt

It was not accepted today 5/4/2021.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161
Mod
  • 427

That sentence is still in the list of Duo's Correct Solutions for this exercise.

If you believe you have typed a sentence that is in the list of Duo's Correct Solutions for this exercise:

  • What error did Duo suggest has occurred?
  • How did you get past this sentence?

Without seeing your screen I can't offer any reason why Duo rejected it. If possible, please capture a screenshot to share with the user forum so that we can try to see what went wrong.

[GUIDE] How To create, upload, share a screenshot (using postimages.org)

https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/49065336

For now, at least be assured that your translation here in the forum is good.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tom893509

I used / usted quieres aquellas camisas marked wrong why


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

If you use usted you have to use the third person form quiere. You can only use quieres if you use the second person (informal) "you" which is .


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PeterHould3

This fails to address the central ambiguity, which is whether ‘you’ is singular or plural.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

The sentence should be correct with , usted, or ustedes, presuming the verb matches.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TrishFucil

I totally agree


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Marianne213968

Yes, indeed, I am annoyed!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JennessyBaby

Quieres aquellas camisas? Es otro que creo que deberia ser correcto, pero no lo fue , en 8-13-18


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/debegw
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It was marked correct on 6/1/18 : )


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/laszlopanaflex

"quieres aquellas camias" was marked incorrect for me on 5 sept 2018 :(


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ampus_Questor

Unless you've a typo in your question and really did write 'camias' then you were probably marked wrong because the word for shirts is 'camisas' .


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cielunltd

Likewise, 18.9.2018. Have reported it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/leoneilp

Still incorrect. 19 Sept 2018


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Robert801302

Marked wrong for me 6/26/19


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Judy890507

It was marked incorrect on Sep 8, 18 again.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chrisfaced

Also marked incorrect on Sept 14. They said it should be esas camisa..makes no sense


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Judy890507

Not on Sep. 6, 2018.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PedasiPablo

Incorrect on 7 Feb. 2020.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YvonneOoms

incorrect on 22 feb 20


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MustafaKor276041

It is accepted just now (December 2019) Actually I also think it is a better translation, if "aquellas" is referring to something at a distance compared to "esas". You would not ask if someone likes a shirt from a distance. Or, maybe I am exaggerating the distance :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnnSanders2

Why is quieres esas camisas lwrong?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161
Mod
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That sentence is in the list of Duo's Correct Solutions for this exercise.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SamGibson-

Should be accepted, did you flag it?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tris....

Accepted 10 August 2019


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Irene-Anne

I typed "¿Quieres aquellas camisas? and I was marked wrong.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KarenLandi4

it was marked as correct for me


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kchang172

I don't see why Quieres aquellas camisas was incorrect as the question did not indicate if the question was for the formal usted or informal tú.


[deactivated user]

    What's the difference between aquellas and esas? When do you use either?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheMightyFro

    “Esas” is the demonstrative, so imagine pointing at a plural object. “Aquellas” would be used with either the abstract, or in some countries, to denote a further distance. At least that’s how I was taught...


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tcclimber

    Thank you for your clarification. It was much appreciated.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ampus_Questor

    'Esas', meaning 'those', are things remote from the speaker but near the person spoken to. 'Aquellas' are for things remote from both speaker and spoken to. Some subjectivity here, perhaps.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aedward5

    Mine was marked wrong for using "camisas" plural instead of singular????


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/.jrp
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    Report, report, report. Otherwise there will be no change.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kathy979841

    I also put quieres aquellas camisas. Should be marked ok


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/junkod

    My answer was ¿Quieres aquellas camisas? Duo said that I used the plural "camisas" here, instead of the singular "camisa". But isn't this supposed to be plural?? "Aquellas" was not marked wrong even though it's plural. Duo suggests that I should have "aquellas camisa." WHY??? I've reported.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jfaulkner2473

    I wrote "quieres esas camisas" and was marked wrong:

    You used the plural "camisas" here, instead of the singular "camisa". ¿Quieres esas camisa?

    ummm..... REPORTED!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MsTerytwo

    I was told that i should have written the singular of shirts ie camisa not camisas, omg


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/123Grady

    ¿Quieres aquellas camisas? should be correct.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RodBryan1

    quieres aquellas camisas - marked correct 21 Jan 19.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cher16140

    My one complaint in this course is that the form "Appears" to be singular. No clue that it's plural - and you're marked wrong for not making it plural. VERY Discouraging!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

    If they are asking you to translate "you" into Spanish, I generally find Duo accepts both singular and plural unless there's some context otherwise. If you were marked wrong you should report it.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Peter5440

    Why is this one not accepted: "a ti tu quieres aquellas camisas"?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

    There's no reason to put "a ti" in the sentence. Doesn't belong.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kosmokrator

    To expand a bit, "A ti" indicates that the English "you" is an object of the sentence, but it's actually the subject here, while "aquellas camisas" is the object of the sentence.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

    More specifically, the "a ti" would indicate that the English "you" is the indirect object of the sentence, when this sentence doesn't even have an indirect object.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnalieDuol

    Why didn't it accept Quieres aquellos camisas?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JennessyBaby

    I said similar, only i think u need aqulleAs to match feminine form camisa(s), either which way, i said same, with A, and it was still wrong, but when i type this in google translate, "quieres aquellas camisas" it = "you want those shirts" ??! What's up Duo


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rob687361

    "shirts" is plural. "Camisas" is plural, yet it's marked as wrong because it said I should have used the singular "camisa". Think I'll ignore it.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JuanCarlos117153

    Sorry, I wrote: "tú quieres esas camisas?" What is wrong in this? How can I think about You singular= tú, or You plural= Ustedes Thank you


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CarlosYabrudy

    This just said it is wrong when talking plural!!!?!?!?! It said that the correct solution is QUIERES ESAS CAMISA which would mean do you want those shirt....


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PhenWG

    "Quieres aquellas camisas" marked wrong, reported 9/13/2018.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pasfaz

    This is just plain wrong... "shirts" is plural. You can't say it should be translated as "camisa" & mark me wrong when I give the right answer.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jane920541

    How am i supposed to know you want you plural? Without context, 'quieres esas camisas' is correct.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/courtney970914

    why is quieres esas camisas incorrect?? that is right and others on this post agree


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

    Looks correct to me. Please report it.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/karen45405

    This is bloody annoying. No clue as th whom you are referring.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sheetal467246

    Singular form should be accepted as correct


    [deactivated user]

      "Quieres aquellas camisas" is wrong??? Come on Dúo, give me (us) a break!! How on earth can we know it is a plural???


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      Yes, your sentence looks correct, and this is something that has been complained about for quite some time.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lin969133

      There is nothing to indicate that it should be 'you' in plural


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161
      Mod
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      There is nothing to indicate that it should be 'you' in singular.

      Duo only displays one possible answer, but many others are accepted.

      In most cases, when there's ambiguity Duo does accept all the various forms, but the rest of the sentence must be correct.

      Answers using all Spanish forms of "you" are accepted (with or without the subject pronoun).


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      I've got a plug-in that actually lets me look at the accepted answer list, and it looks pretty thorough in covering all forms of "you" in singular, plural, formal, and informal (even the vos form).


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bonnie914

      How do I know "you" is plural?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161
      Mod
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      You cant know from the presented English sentence which of the possible Spanish forms of "you" is intended.

      Luckily, Duo realises that and accepts answers using any of them.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/smcorrez

      How would i know the english "you" is meant to be plural in this example?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      All forms of "you" (formal, informal, plural) are accepted but the entire sentence must be correct. Duo sometimes changes things that are not wrong when it gives you its "corrected" answer and can be misleading about what part was actually wrong. If you want advice about your answer please include your entire response in your comment.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/santiago781318

      Same as Emily, anyone?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kosmokrator

      It isn't wrong anymore. I type exactly that and it was accepted.

      Perhaps you had a typo. When duo notices your sentence is wrong, it seems it will give you its expected answer, not the closest correct answer. If you had some small typo (e.g. "¿Quieres esas camisa?") it will often tell you it wanted "¿Ustedes quieren aquellas camisas?" and say you used the wrong words, even though the real error was something else entirely (e.g. "camisa" vs. "camisas").


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nancy783127

      Not this time. I'm looking at my "you got it wrong" screen right now, and my answer says

      Quieres esas camisas?

      I'm told it is wrong because I used the plural, and suggests "Quieres esas camisa?" Which ... no.

      I reported this as a case of the "correct" response being wrong.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/123Grady

      Srill wrong today... 9/24/18!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/look.at.my.photo

      Single form should be accepted as well as plural. :(


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mvigars

      It's confusing that the "correct" answer I'm given - Quieres aquellas camisa - wants me to match a plural adjective with a singular noun...c'mon Duolingo, get it together.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheMightyFro

      The question indicates the plural, but marked it wrong.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dixie0

      My answer should be accepted. The english phrase to be translated doesn't specify whether plural or singular, or formal.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheMightyFro

      The English phrase does indicate the plural. “Those” would indicate plural, while “that” would be singular.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sambandic

      Duolingo has a problem, so please just fix it. It is a minor issue, accept it, and move on!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Limeywestlake

      I wrote in the plural and it cam back as incorrect.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      It actually said "shirt" and not "shirts" when "camisas" is plural! What's wrong here??


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LolaDoodna

      Doesn't indicate if 'you' is singular or plural. So I wrote 'quiere esas camisas' and was marked incorrect


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sharky857

      I translated this as "¿Quieres aquellas camisas?" Yet the system flagged the sentence as wrong, showing as correct answer "¿Quieres aquellas camisa?"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChuckPeabody

      Quieres aquellas camisas was marked wrong on 13 Sep 18???


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sethrose27

      Yo, Duolingo, you're messing with my stats.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Blane781931

      I also used quieres esas camisas and do not understand why it was wrong?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Trudie19

      Quieres esas camisas is correct too!!!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/april216595

      Markef wrong 9/26/18! Please DL correct this


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/creaturexela

      Quieres aquellas camisas was marked wrong


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Trumaine7

      Probably because there's more then one way to say "those". Why's there more then one way to say it.... EL IF I KNOW!!!! Lol


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      Why is there more than one way? It's because Spanish has different words for:

      a) Talking about something that is near both of us ("this thing" in English, "esta cosa" in Spanish)

      b) Talking about something that is away from me but near you ("that thing" in English and "esa cosa" in Spanish), and

      c) Talking about something that is away from both of us (also "that thing" in English, but "aquella cosa" in Spanish).

      Not sure why "aquellas camisas" would be wrong.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Trumaine7

      I've seen " aquellas" mean "those" before in other lessons though. And now in this lesson it's wrong. I use to think the consistency was bad with this language, it's not, i just don't know the ins and outs to it yet


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      I completely agree that it should be correct. I was only responding to your asking why there's more than one way to say it. :)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bweera

      I think here, "Ustedes" is plural, therefore "quieren". Am I correct? In English, there is no plural for "You" except to say "you all". This is where learning a different language is so difficult for adults. I wish I had started to learn Spanish when I was 5 years old.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      Yes, you are correct that it's "Ustedes quieren".

      As you allude to, we don't know which "you" it is in the sentence, so other correct translations would be "Usted quiere" (singular formal "you") and "Tú quieres" (singular informal "you").


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/llibllens

      Bweera ... you commented, ... "In English, there is no plural for "You" except to say "you all".

      "Y'all" is common speach in the U.S. southern states and perfectly translates "you" (plural).

      DL accepts "Y'all" as a legitimate translation of the ambiguous "you" (plural) and rightly so being that the southern U.S. states are larger in size and population than most countries.

      The rest of the English speaking world should learn to use this wonderful word.

      Best wishes in your Spanish studies.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rachid470583

      Quires aquellos camisas Wrong 14/12/2018


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kathy979841

      Just to tell you you left out an e. Should be quieres. Try again and have a lingot for luck.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      And with camisas you need aquellas and not aquellos. So yes, it was wrong.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AngusMcLel

      On dec 29/18 masked quieres aquellas camisas incorrect maybe not what they expected but NOT WRONG


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Charlie6361

      Tu quieres estas camisas? Not correct?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      "Estas" means "these", and the sentence says "those".


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Trumaine7

      I get that wrong also. So often that i can swear it switches lol


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      Yes, they're pretty close and it can take a while to get it solidly in your brain. :)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rinalaroja

      There is no indication for the use of ustedes or aquellas. Spiceyyokooko comentarios should be enacted by the programmers please


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vikram880885

      Why " Quieres aquellas camisas" is incorrect


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      It looks like it should be correct to me.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kaitlin54

      Ustedes is you guys and usted us for you. Why does it say ustedes is you?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      Grammatically, "you" is both singular and plural in English. Duolingo sometimes uses "you guys" to explicitly refer to the plural "you", but "you" by itself can also be plural.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kendra255689

      I would think this would be quieres unless we are referring to the shirts as the "them" to make it "quieren".


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      It would be quieres if "you" refers to the singular (tu). It is quieren if "you" refers to the plural (Ustedes). The singular or plural of the shirt/shirts is not relevant to the verb.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/E.C.fromD.C.

      I def reported this answer


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      Unfortunately we can't see what answer it is that you reported...


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/electra1315

      "quieres esas camisitas" accepted


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LetLeslie

      Why is, "Quieres aquellas las camisas," wrong?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      You are already using aquellas to identify those shirts; you don't put in the article las as well. Just as in English you would not put "Do you want those the shirts."


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/boodlegirl

      OK, so I made a typo: "aquellos" instead of "aquellas," and Duolingo chose to regard it as an error because "camisa" is feminine. Where do they get off marking it wrong when you use familiar instead of polite?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      I'm not sure where you are getting "familiar/polite" out of this...


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/boodlegirl

      I am referring to "tu" as informal or familiar. "Ustedes" is what I regarded as formal or polite. I see now that "ustedes" can be singular or plural and formal or informal (unlike in German, where "Sie" is formal).


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      Yes, you've got that correct, but I'm not seeing the connection to your typo between aquellos/aquellas.

      Typically when the English sentence says "you", I have seen Duolingo accept either formal or familiar, except in cases where they give you a hint such as "Ma'am" or "Sir" to indicate that they want the formal usage.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CharlotteB979537

      Why not quieres?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      quieres should be fine as long as the subject agrees with it ().

      If you said something like Usted quieres that would be wrong obviously.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/startrek14

      Quieres is right because it says you so why is it marked wrong


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Oregondeb

      How do you know that it is not single you or usted


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      Given the English sentence, we don't know. It could be or usted or ustedes.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/angieper51

      why are they using the plural you ?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/angieper51

      Why are they using the plural you?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      If the English sentence doesn't specify, then it could be the singular you (), the plural you (ustedes) or the formal you (usted).


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StasiBug

      You have your question down twice.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LyXXd1

      Duo tells me "quieres esas niqui" what is "niqui"? I have never seen this word before. This is wrong please fix.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      That's not a Spanish word that I recognize.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaryShelley14

      Why no personal A in this sentance?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      Why would there need to be? The "personal a" is only used when a person or pet is the object of a sentence. That is not the case here.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NeelaLahir

      Again I don't know when to use a.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      Again I don't know any reason why you would use "a" in this sentence. Why do you suspect it might be necessary?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hannah1111111111

      Quieres aquellas camisetas? incorrect, when will it ever indicate usted?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Le0HYl

      Why do we use "quieren" even though it's just one person (you)? Can someone explain that to me?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      "You" can also be plural. In this case the suggested translation is "Ustedes quieren...", where Ustedes is the plural "you"; therefore the verb has to be third-person plural.

      Other acceptable translations of "Do you want..." would be "Usted quiere..." or "Tú quieres...".


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KJLVGM

      I typed: Tu quieres aquellas camisas It was accepted


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/candice962778

      Why does it have to be usted quiere? Why not tu quieres


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/candice962778

      There should be multiple correct answers!!!!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      Without any other context, there are multiple correct Spanish translations of "Do you want...":

      • Tú quieres
      • Usted quiere
      • Ustedes quieren

      Any of these should be accepted by Duo; if you used one and it was marked wrong (but was otherwise correct) you should report that to Duo.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JoelBrandh

      Reported. Singular vs plural.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kiaunna

      How am I supposed to know whether to translate as you plural or you singular?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      The only feminine item in this sentence is aquellas camisas. The word camisas is always feminine because that's just how Spanish is.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/andrew592553

      I put 'quieres esas camisas'. It was accepted but said i had a spelling error and should of been 'queres'. Anyone tell me why?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      Not sure why; "quieres" is correct.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/andrew592553

      I put 'quieres esas camisas'. It was accepted but said i had a spelling error. Apparently it should of been 'queres'. Anyone know why?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sostapowich

      I reported it the first time it came up for not accepting "Quieres aquellas camisas." The correct answer it provided was (something like) "Quieres aquellas niquisas." When it came up the second time, it accepted "Quieres aquellas camisas."


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Angie781024

      where does the work niquis come from..we have used camisas in the past?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StasiBug

      What's wrong with the word, aquellos? I used it and it said that i got it wrong


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cielunltd

      Aquellos doesn't agree with camisas, so aquellas is needed.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anna815841

      In English you is both singular and plural so you have to take as right tú quieres


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      Yes, you are correct.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anna815841

      In English you is both singular and plural so you have to take tú quieres as right


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuzannaMic1

      No way to know which form of "you"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GrandmaGaye

      When the queston is phrased "you", but doesn't indicate plural, how does one know? I wrote Te quieres--marked wrong. Just want to recognize when the plural you is intended.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      In this case it was indeed wrong; the subject pronoun you want is tu not te.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GrandmaGaye

      Ok, “te” was wrong but how do I know what form of “you” is implied?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      Without context you don't know, so Duo should accept informal singular you (tú quieres), formal singular you (usted quiere) or plural you (ustedes quieren). One could also argue for plural informal you (vosotros queréis), though this isn't used in most of Latin America.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GrandmaGaye

      Thank you so much for your insight. The program apparently allows only one response—I was just afraid I was missing some cue as to what form of “you” was being sought. Again, thank you.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PedasiPablo

      How in the hell are we supposed to know that YOU must be plural here? Do we need to be mind readers to know the author means ustedes instead of tú? If there is no clue, then we shouldn't be marked wrong.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      If your sentence was otherwise correct, you need to flag it as "My answer should have been accepted". That's the only way they will be notified about accepting alternative answers.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GrandmaGaye

      Thank you! I will do so next time. I appreciate you taking the time to reply.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Suzie693171

      How can you tell when it is the polite form or not? Really confused


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      If we are going from the English, we don't have much to go on except context. If the English uses "sir" or "ma'am" or you are talking to a policeman or other official, then it'll be the polite form.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dirk505836

      Their are many right options to anwser this, but the system only allows one choice. That does not make sence. Except you give a clue in the first place...


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      The system allows several correct choices though perhaps not the one you were thinking of. The right way to get a correct answer added to the database is to report it at the bottom of the answer page, not here.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nick_kuchi

      We would know that they mean "they" when they say "you"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeighAnneD2

      Why is "you" plural?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      It is not required to be. The English sentence could be you (singular formal), you (singular informal), or you (plural). Any of these should be accepted as long as the sentence is otherwise correct.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuzanneGarcia

      I'm getting very frustrated with the need to include usted, ustedes in normal conversation. I am in Spain and they don't speak like that AT ALL. Duolingo - please update and consider making corrections to accepted answers SIN USTED!!!!!!!!!!!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      I have generally found that the subject pronouns are optional in these exercises. Is it possible you made another error in your response?

      If you are sure that your answer was correct (sin "Usted") then the right way to get it into the database of accepted answers is to report it at the bottom of the answer screen with "My answer should be accepted". Complaining in these forums will not help because these are user forums that are not read by Duolingo staff.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Penny110506

      Ustedes quieran aquellas camisas - why is this marked wrong?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      The verb you want is quieren.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/spare0512

      Please indicate if "you" is singular or plural. Also "those" - esos/esas/aquellos/aquellas doesn't have an indicator.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      I just want to make sure you realize that your words are falling on deaf ears here. The Duolingo writers typically do not read these forums, it's just us learners. And we can't "indicate" what answer the system wants.

      (I will also point out that it would never be esos or aquellos in this sentence.)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ansuman20

      How do we k ow what form of 'you' they want?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      If it is not specified in the English sentence then any of the forms in Spanish should be accepted.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alison386071

      Are esas and equellas completely interchangable?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      No.

      Aquellas (not equellas) is further away than esas. There's no "hard line" as to when one changes to the other, but a good rule of thumb is that generally it's estas when you can touch it, esas when it's visible but you can't reach it, and aquellas when it's out of sight.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/karen45405

      This is incorrect


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Maria204056

      Why it couldn't 'quieres aquellos camisas'??? Yo can't assume it from phrase


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Maria204056

      Why " quieres aquellos camisas" is wrong???


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Maria204056

      I even can't report it, because of some error. I wrote 'quieres aquellos camisas'


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      If you want to use that demonstrative adjective, it has to be aquellas. The word camisas is feminine and the demonstrative has to match.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Maria204056

      I don't understand why 'Quieres aquellos camisas' is wrong


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      Camisas is a plural feminine noun. Therefore you have to use the plural feminine form aquellas.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PeterHould3

      Why not permit a singular ‘you’ (tú) with ‘quieres’? There is no indication given as to whether the ‘you’ is singular or plural.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      That should be correct presuming the rest of the sentence is correct as well.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sheetal467246

      'You ' can both be read as singular and plural. Please clarify


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/andrewpoulos

      why is "quieres esas aquellas camisas" incorrect?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      Because esas and aquellas both mean "those" (but aquellas is farther away).

      You should not use both.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gary81165

      I am on the train and sometimes wierd things happen


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dwayneklat

      I thought you would be quieres and they would be quieren


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      Quieres is correct for "you" in singular informal.

      Quieren is correct for "you" in the plural. It is also correct for "they".


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jeannemala

      How do you determine if they mean the proper ustedes or improper tu?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      Remember that "ustedes" is always the plural "you", and "usted" is the formal singular, while "tu" is the informal singular. (Not "proper" and "improper").

      Basic rules of thumb: If it's more than one person, use "ustedes". If the person is referred to by their first name, use "tú". If the sentence uses "sir" or "ma'am", use "usted". If none of these apply, like in this sentence, then any of the three should be accepted.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lisa197061

      I am so sick of this. A ustedes, ustedes, too confusing


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KathrynN.F

      There is no way of knowing if the "you" is singular or plural, or which "those" is meant , closer or way over there.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      You are correct. If you put a correct response and it was marked wrong, then the proper procedure is to flag it on the answer page as "My answer should be accepted".


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vasanthi2930

      Why can't it be "quieres aquellas camisas?"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      Looks correct to me.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/diane197160

      lo quiere aquellas camisas Should this be accepted


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/diane197160

      ok, can you please explain why, simply without use of grammery stuff


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      There's no reason to put lo in the sentence. Not sure why you did.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lois539035

      I am very cunfused with A usted or No A


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SarahJaspe4

      What is the difference between "aquellas" and "esas"??


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      Aquellas is further away than esas.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JulianTing1

      I know both "Quieren ustedes..." and "Ustedes quieren..." are accepted, but which is more common when asking a question, placing the subject before or after the verb?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/spring_hs

      What is the difference between "aquel" and "ese"?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      Aquel is further away than ese.

      My rough rule of thumb is that este is here where you can touch it, ese is visible but out of reach, and aquel is farther away where you can't see it.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StarrGoods

      No indication of plurality


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VidyaKrish8

      Quieres aquellas camisas should be accepted.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161
      Mod
      • 427

      It is accepted


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shash197189

      Quieres esas camisas? Why is that wrong?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      It's not. Report it.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shash197189

      Thanks! I'm getting a little frustrated when I know something is correct and I get that annoying ping. However, I shouldn't whine. I'm enjoying the program.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161
      Mod
      • 427

      All I can tell you is that your answer is correct, and it is in the accepted answers list

      I see so many people saying that they have written a correct answer that is not accepted, but that has never happened to me. If this happens in the future, please capture a screenshot to share with the user forum so that we can try to see what went wrong.

      How To Upload A Screenshot

      https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/33394339

      For now, at least be assured that your translation here is good.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shash197189

      Thanks, I appreciate that!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RandyZelln

      Quieres was marked wrong


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161
      Mod
      • 427

      Answers using "quieres" are accepted.

      If your answer was marked as incorrect, the reason was elsewhere.

      It's not uncommon that people complain about Duo not accepting a different translation for a certain word when the real error is elsewhere in the sentence.

      It is always best to share your full answer in the forum so it can be completely checked.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ApId6Uo3

      This whole section has been the worst presented so far. No indicators given for formal or casual and no indicators in the sentence for esas vs. aquellas. This just encourages memorization but not understanding. Please revamp this section.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      Are you saying that it is actually rejecting correct translations? As far as I have been able to determine, it accepts all manner of "you", in formal, informal, plural, singular, and even the vos form that is used only in a few places like Argentina.

      Part of the problem is that the site is not always good about pointing out exactly where the error is in a sentence, so someone can make an error in a completely different part of the sentence, but because the "suggested" solution is using a different "you", you might think that it rejected your answer because of that.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Roman990345

      "A ti te queires esas camisas?" is it correct? I got wrong:(


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161
      Mod
      • 427

      You need "quieres" not "queires" but:

      "you" is the subject (Person or thing performing the action of the verb - doing the wanting)
      "those shirts" is the object (Person or thinking receiving the action of te verb - being wanted)

      So, no object pronoun or prepositional phrase is needed in this sentence - remove "a ti te".


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YoSoyAnna.4

      Nothing indicated it was formal????


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161
      Mod
      • 427

      Nothing indicated it was informal.

      When there's ambiguity Duo does accept all the various forms, but the whole of the sentence must be correct.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PinarFernandes

      From the English translation how would we differentiate between you (singular) and ustedes?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161
      Mod
      • 427

      The English word "you" can translate multiple ways into Spanish.

      When such ambiguity exists, Duo accepts all the various forms, but the rest of the sentence must be correct.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ccalati

      Quieres esa camisas. Marked wrong.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      Since camisas is plural, it must be esas camisas.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EvaMaria42283

      Quieres esas camisas? Wrong? Why? 2021 febrero 18


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161
      Mod
      • 427

      That answer is in the correct solutions list and was accepted for me.

      What error did Duo suggest? How did you get past this sentence?

      If possible, please capture a screenshot to share with the user forum so that we can try to see what went wrong.

      How To Upload A Screenshot

      https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/33394339

      For now, at least be assured that your translation here in the forum is good.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anenyl

      I can't believe that this same controversy over type of YOU not being indicated is still going on from 2018 to 2021! Surely Duo should be accepting all the correct versions by now.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161
      Mod
      • 427

      There is no controversy (or shouldn't be any).

      Duo accepts answers using all of the appropriate alternatives here (and in every other sentence where the English sentence causes ambiguity).

      If your answer is marked as incorrect and you want to engage the user forum, it is always best to share your full submission so it can be completely checked.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EmmaLouise593767

      plural is not indicated in this statement. Marking the answer in singular is unbalanced


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161
      Mod
      • 427

      "those shirts" is definitely plural!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      I imagine they mean the plural "you".


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161
      Mod
      • 427

      😳 😀

      @EmmaLouise593767:

      When there's ambiguity (such as when an English sentence uses the word "you"), Duo accepts answers using all the appropriate alternatives.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Marianne213968

      How can I tell that Duolingo means "ustedes" and not "tú". Both are correct, so they should not mark it wrong!!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161
      Mod
      • 427

      When there's ambiguity (such as when an English sentence uses the word "you"), Duo accepts answers using all the appropriate alternatives.

      For this sentence answers using all Spanish verb forms for "you" are accepted (with or without the subject pronoun).

      If your answer is marked as incorrect and you want to engage the user forum, it is always best to share your full submission so it can be completely checked.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DJVIHq

      Mi answer should have been accepted


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      If your answer is marked as incorrect and you want comments about why it wasn't, it is always best to share your complete answer so it can be completely checked. We have no way to know what answer you gave.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mary846916

      Why do they teach us a word we already learned is something else: ese & aquella?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      Esa and aquella both mean "that" but they are not identical. They are different in a way that English doesn't recognize.

      English only has one singular and one plural for things that are "not right here": "that" and "those". Spanish has different words whether it's "that/those" that's only "over there", and "that/those" that's much farther away.

      A rough idea of the difference is that esta camisa is "this shirt" right here where we can touch it, esa camisa is "that shirt" that we can see some distance away but not within reach, and aquella camisa is "that shirt" that is far enough away that we can't see it (perhaps in another room).

      Here's a whole web page about it: https://www.spanish411.net/Spanish-Demonstrative-Adjectives-Pronouns.asp


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dagmawi14

      why is "A ti te quieres aquellas camisas?" wrong?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161
      Mod
      • 427

      "querer" is not a verb like "gustar"

      "a ti te" needs to be removed from your answer


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mart412424

      Quieren is they want?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      It's also "you want" for the plural "you".


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CrystalRoJo

      There is no indication of which 'you' is being used, therefore should not be marked wrong.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161
      Mod
      • 427

      Answers using all Spanish verb forms for "you" are accepted (with or without the subject pronoun).

      If your answer is marked as incorrect and you want to engage the user forum, it is always best to share your full submission so it can be completely checked.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/leanne_k91

      05/02/21 - I wrote Quieres aquellas las camisas and was marked wrong. Is 'aquella' only supposed to be used with usted? Or was it marked wrong because of the use of 'las'? Or does Duolingo really want the ustedes form of the sentence?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      It's the las. If you use the demonstrative (aquellas in this case) you don't also use the article. It would be like saying "those the shirts" in English.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/iItcxGI2

      Aquellas vs estas


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      What is your question? These words mean two different things.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fiona136152

      I typed "Quieres aquellas camisas"

      I got it right, but it said I had a typo saying it should be "Querés." Does anybody know why it would say that?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      That's got to be a typo on Duo's part.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shawn33773

      How am I supposed to know to use usted instead of just tu or te on this particular response??


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161
      Mod
      • 427

      Duo only displays one possible answer, but many others are accepted.

      When there's ambiguity (such as when an English sentence uses the word "you"), Duo habitually accepts answers using all the appropriate alternatives.

      Answers using all Spanish verb forms for "you" are accepted (with or without the subject pronoun).


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/marcy557057

      Accepted tú quieres esas camisas 5/25/21


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VikasManan

      Why not esos?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim8161
      Mod
      • 427

      Because 'camisas' is feminine.
      'esas' is an accepted alternative for 'aquellas'


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/carol_1412

      I typed, ¿Te quieres esas camisas? . It should've been marked correct, right?? Why did they mark my answer wrong??


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      No, that is not correct.

      If you are trying to use the subject pronoun "you", it is "", not "te".


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/annerivendell

      How are we supposed to know whether we are to use the polite "usted" to the informal tú when there are no hints?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bishop6

      When there are no context clues telling us which form of "you" to use, Duolingo generally accepts all forms of "you", even though they can only display one "suggested answer" on the answer page of an exercise.

      Answers using all forms of "you" are on the accepted answers list for this sentence.

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