"Ella tiene tres hijos."
Translation:She has three children.
Doesn't hijo mean son also? So could hijos translate to sons? If so, how do we know whether to use children or sons?
Hijos can mean either a mix of male and female children or just sons. Use hijas if it's all daughters.
So.... what if you were, say, babysitting for a Spanish mother and you were told that said Spanish mother has "tres hijos". You'd have no way of knowing if that meant she had three kids or if she had three boys... which is a very different matter, at least from this baby-sitters perspective XD
I would say person would probaly ask....in which case they would specify "dos hijos y uno hija." Or "dos niños y uno nina."
There is no need to know WHETHER to use sons or children her. Since they both apply we need to know them both. They are equal.
Yes, but hijos/hijas is sons/daughters. Your children as opposed to other peoples children.
Is a person name ELLA has 3 sons...how do we distinguish between She or ELLA
After missing on the "hijos," (I heard "hijas") I listened several times, even in slow speed. It still sounded like "hijas." A recurring problem, I think, is unclear pronunciation AND running words together.
Every time the microphone is needed it doesn't work. It can't hear what I'm saying. I clicked allow in settings but still doesn't work.
I just answered "I have no children" as "No tengo hijos" and it was wrong (ninos should have been used according to DuoLingo). Here "Ella tiene tres hijos." is translated as, " She has three children!" What????
"She has three lads." Ew, why are they accepting that as a translation.
I got this wrong because I wrote the (correct) English translation "she has three children" instead of "Ella tiene tres hijos" in this listening exercise. I think I should have been given an extra try, as I had clearly understood what I had listened to.
if hijo =son, why is hijos=children and not sons. (It marked "3 sons" as correct)