So my question is, is this a positive stayment like in English when someone says, "Too cute!!" Or are they telling you to go try on something else because it is too elegant for an occasion?
I've personally never found a good reason or timr to say anything like this. Its just a mattee of learning how to use the word "demasiado"
In the U.S., we might colloquially say something is "too fancy" for an occasion. Could that also be a translation for "demasiado elegante"?
Sometimes fancy and elegant are very different though. For example, an elegant solution to a problem might be something subtle or simple, not fancy.
Yes, I agree. Elegant clothes are usually tasteful and simple, and fancy can mean bright, flashy, fussy or "loud" (just off the top of my head mind you, didn't consult a dictionary or anything).
You know, all I know about fashion I learnt from Duolingo. I'm a clueless teenage boy.
Doesn't también also mean too? How many words are there for "too" in Spanish?
too has two unrelated meanings (that I can think of) in English: also and to an excessive degree. Spanish has different words for these two meanings.
But we also use 'too' for emphasis (see Devin902102), in place of 'very'. If we are talking about clothes, 'too cute' could mean either excessively cute (as in inappropriate for a funeral) or very, very cute (say a baby picture).
"Too cute" is like "so cute" then. I think it's too faddy a definition to be accepted. Or only used in certain circles, not said in general.
To add to Sara's explanation, 1. Too (too much)- demasiado e.g Es demasiado tarde - It is too late! 2. Too (also)- tambien/tampoco e.g Estoy cansado. Yo tambien!/No me voy. Yo tampoco! - I'm tired. Me too!/I'm not leaving. Me neither (or me too)!
No accents on my keys, but hope this helps!
What is the difference between "too elegant" (accepted by DL) and "too much elegance", which is not accepted. Is it just that elegance is a noun? Don't the two answers mean basically the same thing?
I would say that is exactly the difference, with too much elegance being "demasiada de elegancia".
Based on my little knowledge...
"Is it just that elegance is a noun?" Yes, and the fact the two are constructed differently.
"Don't the two answers mean basically the same thing?" I think the two convey different meanings and are used differently.
P.S, demasiado elegante: too elegant- adverb/adjective. demasiado de elegancia: too much (of) elegance- adverb/adjective/noun.
Hope this helps!
Can this be used idiomatically as a compliment or would that be que elegante (or something similar)?
I'm not sure which one of us that's directed at, but I'll give you lingotes for being positive!
Directed at you Dan for your wit! It's difficult learning a new language...I love it when people are told off in a nice way.
I try to politely remind people to keep things in perspective, using humor ;)
No, it shouldn't. 'Very elegant' is 'muy elegante', as 'very' and 'too' have different meaning
I agree, but I have noticed here that, on the other hand, "muy" has been used to mean "too" (meaning too much and not also). It's confusing.
Why would that be relevant? Most of Duolingo's sentences are bizarre. That's part of what makes it amusing.
Agree that Duolingo is a great free resource...and also think context might help with the learning. Several of us have asked if this is contextually a compliment (oh la la! You are too elegant tonight!) or if this is a suggestion to go change (Your ball gown is not appropriate for the PTA luncheon at McDonalds. Too elegant.). ;-)
There are three words in English that are pronounced the same: to, too, and two.
To is a preposition and expresses direction toward.
"I'm going to school"
Too is an adverb that has two meanings. It can mean "in addition", like also. It can also mean "to an excessive degree" as Sara said above.
In this sentence, too is the correct word. The dress is too elegant for a barbecue. "To elegant" doesn't make any sense in English, since elegant is an adjective and it really can't be a destination to go to. If you add another word, like "I'm going to elegant parties this month," it might work, but feel very forced to me.