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"No puedes levantarte tarde hoy."

Translation:You can't get up late today.

June 6, 2018



Could you also say 'No te puedes levantar tarde hoy'?


is there a difference between levantar and levantarte?


Yes; one is an infinitive verb and the other is that same infinitive verb with a reflexive pronoun attached. Levantarte is an example of how you can take the reflexive or object pronoun (in this case, te) and attach it to the end of an infinitive verb rather than put it in front of the conjugated verb.

The two structures that are equivalent here are actually "puedes levantarte" and "te puedes levantar" -- as was pointed out, either one is correct. This works whenever you have a reflexive or direct object pronoun and an infinitive verb.

For example, "Me voy a bañar" (I am going to bathe) can also be written "Voy a bañarme" (moving the me to the infinitive). Or for a non-reflexive one, "Te quiero ayudar" (I want to help you) can be written as "Quiero ayudarte".


thank you very much

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    But their meanings stay the same right?


    Yes, the meanings are the same; it's just two ways of writing the same thing.


    Bishop6, Well said!


    I'm so glad for turtle speed. I had no idea what levantarte "carte" hoy meant. Surprise! It was tarde!

    If I ever get to speak with people in Spanish, I expect I'll spend the whole time begging them, ¡Habla más lentamente, por favor!


    Why is "can not" allowable in place of cant?

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    Perhaps because cannot is one word?


    I wrote connot and they said it was wrong


    You need "cannot" not "connot"


    I meant to write cannot*


    Answers using the word "cannot" are accepted. If your answer was marked as incorrect, the reason was elsewhere. It is always best to share your full answer in the forum so it can be completely checked.


    I wrote: you cannot get up late today


    That answer is in the database. Either you actually submitted something different, or there was a glitch during submission.

    Although it has never happened to me, many other users state that they have entered a matching answer only to be marked as incorrect.

    At least you can be reassured you have a valid translation here.


    It would be nice if the speaker would pronounce the "s". In a conversation with someone, the personal "you" would be understood. But, in studying and listening, if the "s" is not pronounced, one can write "puede" instead of "puedes", and it would be counted as incorrect. Clear enunciation of words is a systemic problem with Duolingo. It needs to be corrected.


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    Is this an imperative or just a statement of fact? The imperative for poder is 'no puedas', so I'm confused how this sentence is being used.


    The latter. It's not the imperative.


    Duolingo sometimes accepts wake up and sometimes doesn't. I always say wake up instead of get up.


    I answered correctly and still got a red error. That never happend before.


    Odd thing to say to someone who's already awake!


    Unless they're awake and lounging in bed. Because to wake up (despertarte) is not the same as to get up (levanatarte)!


    Duo accepts only "can't", which is slang. Proper English is "cannot."


    "Can't" is not "slang". It's a grammatically correct contraction.


    Trying to find levantarte in the dictionary but it does not exist: https://www.spanishdict.com/conjugate/levantarse

    How do I know the other conjugations?


    Spanishdict has a good page on how to conjugate reflexive verbs like this: https://www.spanishdict.com/guide/reflexive-verbs-and-reflexive-pronouns


    The reflexive conjugations are right there on the page you linked.
    For Example:
    Indicative mood, Present tense, Yo conjugation: "me levanto"

    "levantarte" is the infinitive with the pronoun added to the end, which can only happen when it is the second in a compound verb phrase. (See the article that Bishop6 posted)


    rollsrice, reflexive verbs will always be in the dictionary with se attached, not the other pronouns. You change the pronoun as you conjugate.


    what is the difference between "levantarte"and "levantarse"?


    Levantarte is the informal "you". Levantarase has 2 potential references--the formal "you" or some 3rd person. "Me", I. "Te", informal you. "Se" formal you, or he, she or it.


    My answer was ok

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