"Su madre no es muy simpática."

Translation:His mother is not very nice.

5 months ago

47 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Daniel292743

Does "su" mean his and her, both?

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marcy65brown
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Yes. The su before madre can mean his, her, your (usted and ustedes), and their mother.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Slagar1
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It can also mean "your" if you're speaking formally.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sgtwoodro

Why they got to be talking bout peoples mom?

Them is fighting words! hahaha

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cristi_Here
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This is very similar to Romanian, my language ! Mama sa nu este foarte simpatică ! And people say we are not Latin enough :D

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jackass318788

And people say we are not Latin enough :D

Because that's true. You're mostly a mix of slavs and Kipchaks/Cumans.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ALLintolearning3
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That was totally uncalled for and could get you kicked out of Duolingo. Racist remarks are not welcome here.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jackass318788

It's not racist to state facts about about the heritage of ethnic groups. The fact that I'm interested in Romanian history and heritage should prove something to you.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ALLintolearning3
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Where did you get your information?

Demographics show them as surrounded by Slavs. Check Romanians in Wikipedia. “Two theories account for the origin of the Romanian people. One, known as the Daco-Roman continuity theory, posits that they are descendants of Romans and Romanized indigenous peoples living in the Roman Province of Dacia, while the other posits that the Romanians are descendants of Romans and Romanized indigenous populations of the former Roman provinces of Illyria, Moesia, Thrace, and Macedon, and the ancestors of Romanians later migrated from these Roman provinces south of the Danube into the area which they inhabit today.”

Their most important ancestors were the Dacians. https://www.quora.com/Are-Romanian-people-ethnically-Latin-or-Slavic

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DustinTrum1

So how do you know that it is "his" or "her" base off this sentence?

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/foolonthehill

context

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SnarlsBarky
SnarlsBarky
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A lingot for your pithiness.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MelvynDavi
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In what context?

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ALLintolearning3
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You cannot know from this sentence, but in a conversation a pronoun represents a previously mentioned person. Here “su” can mean “his”, “her”, “your” (for usted or ustedes) or “their”. So if Duolingo does not accept any of those, they can be reported as also correct.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EugeneTiffany

The way Spanish works in a conversation is that who is being talked about is named and mutually understood at the onset, and from then on pronouns are exclusively used to refer to the person, unlike in English where the name of the person can be repeated over and over.

Moreover, the pronouns are even generally dropped.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ALLintolearning3
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Subject pronouns are generally dropped.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jazz267771

The choices are restrictive given the lack of context w/ such a short sentence. He/she/their should all be presented as options, given the ambiguity.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ALLintolearning3
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If one of those is not accepted when you are typing it in instead of choosing, then you could report it as correct. Even "your" works for "su" as the form for "usted" or "ustedes", but wouldn't that be so rude?

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MelvynDavi
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Not really, as in "your mother is SO rude"

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ALLintolearning3
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No, but “Your mother is not very nice.” is rude.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/K8n8or

I learned that "simpática" means "sympathetic"... Can it mean "nice" too?

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/andocalriz

The app is not accepting correct answers. I've tried pasting exactly what their solution is, and it still breaks. It's the last question and I can't complete the session.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hello72207

lingot out of pity and because of that streak

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Huck566512

Same

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EugeneTiffany

Odd. I typed in "your mom is not very nice" and that worked just fine.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lincoln180952

Please Mr or Ms Duo, is Mr Webster wrong when they translate "simpatica" as "likable" along with "nice"? I'm told by you that "likable" is wrong, WHY please??

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ALLintolearning3
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You can try reporting it as yet another possible correct translation for them to add to their database.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aaron527871

If su can mean your or his, how do you differentiate? Is it just total context? In this example seems could cause big problems!!

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/panos86gr
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It means "your" in case you are speaking formally by using "señor", "usted" etc. otherwise it's always "his/her". I hope that helps.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ALLintolearning3
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Not always and this sentence could cause big problems! Remember that in Latin America “Usted” forms are the preferred forms and are not just used formally. Context is very important. https://www.thoughtco.com/possessive-adjectives-short-form-3079109

https://www.thoughtco.com/use-of-familiar-you-spanish-3079385

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/panos86gr
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So could this sentence mean "your mother"?

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ALLintolearning3
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Yes, I think I would duck after saying this. Perhaps the other person just said something worse about his own mother and I was trying to make it not as bad? No, I would never do this.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Alexcanny
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Its not too funny sound better than nice... I think

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MexlexSnyder

There is no context for selecting one choice over the others
simpático adj
(agradable) likeable, likable adj (pleasing) pleasant, agreeable adj (entertaining) amusing adj (towards others) kind, nice adj

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/littlemiss1123

Does this sentence have the same meaning in Spanish as it does in English? As in is this an understatement in Spanish as well?

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jon235428
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Can simpatico not mean kind? Got marked off for using kind instead of nice

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ALLintolearning3
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https://www.duolingo.com/mgbryant

Can not resist ..

Your mother is not very nice

....SLAP

But ..but I USED USTED ??? WHAT DID I DO WRONG ?

(Tongue in cheek)

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/moreamore
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What is "sus"?

3 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ALLintolearning3
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The ending of the possessive adjective changes to match the number of the possessed item or person. So “su madre” would become “sus madres”. Both “su” and “sus” could mean “his”, “her”, “their”, or “your” for “usted” or for “ustedes.”

3 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ssaspa7cai

Normies, SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

1 month ago
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