Shouldn't "¿Qué compras?" translate to "what did you buy" instead of "what are you buying?"
Present tense ¿Qué compras? = What are you buying?
Past tense ¿Qué comparaste? = What did you buy?
Both are correct, but the only one acceptable is the wrong one. What do you buy is totally incorrect. 'What have you bought' is also correct. This is another case of duolingo accepting some literal translations, but rejecting others. Very annoying.
actually, "what have you bought" is "Qué has comprado?" so "What have you bought" would not be the correct translation of "Qué compras"
Because I think in this case, someone is in the process of moving in to a new house, and they need a lot of furniture, so it could easily be the present progressive tense, "What are you buying?" Remember that a verb in present tense in Spanish could very well be present progressive in English. You get two verb forms for the price of one!
This sentence didn't make much sense to me at first, but I realized the point is buying OTHER ITEMS for the house, not a strange way of saying that you are buying the HOUSE.
Not really. The present progressive is used very sparingly in Spanish. For example, ,"Qué pasa?" is more likely to mean "What's happening?" than "What happens?". "Qué haces?" usually means "What are you doing?? rather than "What do you do?"
Jr0007 and ChrisKing, in Spanish, the form of verb using the estar + -ndo endings is reserved for what one is doing at the moment. (I am typing NOW; as I recall, it's called "present progressive.")
So if you actually saw him/her in the furniture store, preparing to buy a couch or lamp (or whatever) for their new house, your conjugation is correct.
But you may be in a coffee shop, at school, or at their old house before they move to the new house, talking about what they plan to buy for their new house, and Spanish uses the simple present tense to express that time frame, a "near future" generalization. So its meaning is, "What (kinds of things) are you (going to be) buying for your new house?"
I hope that helps you clarify when to use the different verb tenses. That's the understanding I have; if I erred in any way, advanced learners please correct me. :-)
"What do you buy for the new house?" was also accepted as correct by DL .
Both are right: 'what are you buying' or 'what do you buy', but the former is the preferred one.
Sometimes, but really only sometimes, this male speaker seems to be "infected" by the "fast as a rocket" lady- speaker. But still it is possible to understand what he says.
What indicates 'are'. Why not: what do you want to buy for the new house?
the verb "to want" is "querer." There is no verb querer in the sentence. (It would be conjugated (tu) quieres or (Ud.) quiere.)
I could be cocky and say that '-as' ending of compras indicates the "are". :)
You shouldn't try to translate word-for-word. Through all their similarities, Spanish and English still have vastly different grammars.
the translation is 'What purchases for the new house?" What are you buying for the new house would be "¿Qué estás comprando para la nueva casa?"
Remember that you can leave subject pronouns off of verbs; they are implied. "Compras" has an implied "tú" in front of it, so this is "You buy."
Now, the beauty of Spanish is, once you wrap your head around the conjugations, you get two verb forms for the price of one. "Tú compras" means "You buy," but it also means "You are buying." I'll explain more.
As Woody said, "Qué estás comprando" is also "What are you buying?" but it implies right at this moment. "Qué compras" can be both "What do you buy?" (which maybe sounds a little stilted in English depending on the situation) and "What are you buying?" (Which sounds a little better in English in this particular instance. Even though you might not be shopping at the moment, we use the present progressive.)
Hope this helps!
I wrote this at first, then I literally copy and pasted the answer and still got it wrong. Can't complete this lesson.
I wrote, What do you buy for a new house?. I think that should have been accepted.
Look again. Is it LA casa or UNA casa? ;) Easy mistake to make when you are typing fast.
What are you buying? = Qué estás comprando?
What do you buy? = Qué compras?
“Que compras” means “What do you buy” NOT “What are you buying”. That is “que estas comprando”
No, compras can You buy or You are buying. The tenses do not match up perfectly between English and Spanish.
Think of it this way -- "¿Qué estás comprando?" describes the action going on at this very moment in time. Someone is physically taking an item off the shelf and pulling money out of their wallet right now at this very moment. "¿Qué compras?" is a generic statement, which in English we often use present progressive for.
Hope this helps!
I translated this as "How much did you pay for the new house?" and was judged wrong by the 'system'. Duolingo's translation would be embarrassing in English, sorry.