"They give one thousand pesos to the waiter."
Translation:Ellos le dan mil pesos al mesero.
I agree. I just turned 69 and I'm also frustrated that after more than two years of Duo, and two years of High School Spanish...tho' that has been a few years ago...I still can't understand spoken Spanish, and speak only rudimentary phrases now and then. There must be a better way! But then of course, it is FREE! :)
I just put "un mil pesos" & got it wrong. Thank you for your question; I truly appreciate it! Thank you also for learning a language or two at 77! It's inspiring for someone in her 40s who also stutters severely at times! All the best; stay strong; stay safe; & God Bless!
If there is an indirect object (to whom or for whom an action was done) in a sentence, there must be an indirect object pronoun used. In this case, waiter (mesero) is the indirect object so "le" must be included with the verb. Attach the indirect object pronoun to the end of infinitives or affirmative commands and put before conjugated verbs such as in this example.
- For "yo" (subject pronoun), use "me" (indirect object pronoun)
- For "tú" use "te"
- For "Él/ella/usted" use "le"
- For "nosotros" use "nos"
- For "ellos/ellas/uds." use "les"
For more information check out: http://www.spanishdict.com/answers/100017/indirect-object-pronouns#.W37Vr9JKi00 and https://www.spanishdict.com/guide/indirect-object-pronouns
I think Traci is right because in Spanish, numbers up to the thousands can be adjectives, in fact, they're limiting adjectives that need to go before the noun they describe.
But millón can only be a noun, thus you need de to make it act like an adjective. Check this out to learn that English used to work the same way! https://www.spanishdict.com/answers/222154/why-is-un-millin-a-noun-and-not-an-adjective-like-other-numbers
In Spanish, numbers up to the thousands can be adjectives, in fact, they're limiting adjectives that need to go before the noun they describe. But millón can only be a noun, thus you need de to make it act like an adjective. Check this out (and learn that English used to work the same way!) https://www.spanishdict.com/answers/222154/why-is-un-millin-a-noun-and-not-an-adjective-like-other-numbers
When it is "millón" because "millón" is only a masculine noun that means "million". Other numbers such as "mil" can be used as adjectives, so they don't need the "de"
"mil" alone can mean "one thousand" so it doesn't need "un"
when you're using "un millón" or "millones" with a noun, you must use "de". 1,000 is mil, not un mil. For un millón, you can't leave out the un.
Why is "Le dan un mil pesos al camarero" incorrect? The only thing I see in the comments below is a statement that it is because of the "un" and that it is unnecesary, but that does not mean it is incorrect. Can someone please either clarify why it is incorrect to say "un mil" vice just "mil" for one thousand, or confirm that it is correct and duolingo is wrong in this case?