"¿Me dices la respuesta, por favor?"
Translation:Can you tell me the answer, please?
if it insists on ' can ' than how about ...puedes me decir la respuesta...
I tried "Tell me the answer, please" and, "Would you tell me the answer, please?" both without success. I'm assuming the "can" is supposed to soften the tone, but I would think that both of these responses convey that.
A lot of people seem to be struggling with the implicit "can" in this phrase.
A lot of Spanish questions use the ?ObjectPronoun-Verb-Object? construction. In English, we render this in a variety of ways. The word "can" most literally means "are you able to", but it is used most often idiomatically to request something.
"Pass me the salt?" is a fairly direct request; while
"Can you pass me the salt" is a somewhat more polite, less direct request
From what I understand (and I'd love to be corrected if I'm mistaken!) in Spanish, the "poder" is completely optional, and doesn't represent a more polite version of the request, thus it (the Spanish phrase without the question word) translates perfectly to either "pass me the salt?" "can you pass me the salt?" "Would you pass me the salt?" etc... as these degrees of directness/politeness manifest in other ways (such as the por favor at the end).
The ?verb? question form (without a question word like Poder or Podria) seems to be extremely common when the intent is implied.
There was no "can" in the sentence to be translated. Hence I tried do you tell me the answer but it was not accepted July 4, 2018
I bet if you say ' puedes me decir la respuesta ' anyone in MX or Spain will give you the answer, obviously DUO thinks so as well, lol
speak German and French and one thing people forget to consider...flexibility....and yes, one can insist on word by word, but when living or visiting in foreign countries, you want to be able to accomplish what you want to say and move on....think we're all doing pretty good here...have fun, enjoy, relax....again ' puedes me decir la respuesta 'will definitely be understood, lol