"Afternoons with friends are fun."
Translation:Las tardes con amigos son divertidas.
You are good enough to want to learn, good enough to keep trying and good enough to seek advice from this forum. You are worthy and don't need anyones permission to be worthy. You are allowed to be happy and to feel good. Whatever monster brought you up to not believe in yourself needs your permission to be worthy of your attention.
I typed Las mainly because I remembered DUO sayin it that way. But I put my reply into Spanish Dict.. and 2 of the 3 gave only Tardes? In the end I was still wrong as I added my own MI again and did not see it. How frustrating especially when testing out. Once again I call for a MULLIGAN ( as in golf)! Oh a thumbs and lingnot to Ryagon for the reply
I believe the plural takes the masculine form, so AMIGA (friend) becomes AMIGOS (friends) even if they are all female friends, just as HIJA (daughter) becomes HIJOS (children) even if they are all daughters… but, someone with more insight, please clarify.
No, that's not right. If the group you're talking about only has female members, you'll use the distinct female-plural form. So when I'm talking about my two daughters, they'll be "mis dos hijas". Likewise, a group of friends that are all female will be amigas.
For mixed-gender groups you'll still use the plural-masculine form, though.
This is what confused me as well, I would have thought 'fun' would be a characteristic being experienced now, I would not think 'fun' would be a determining characteristic of an afternoon, like say, 'it is after noon' would be; still confused about estar and ser. But thanks for your response Ryagon, I can see where you are going with it.
Shrimp, I don't think I can make such a sentence out of this one with using estar. Estar is used to describe conditions, but afternoons typically don't have conditions, nor is "being fun" a condition.
I can give you a different example, though, if you want:
La calle es oscura. - The street is dark. It has a dark colour, i.e. it's characteristically dark.
La calle está oscura. - The street is dark. It's night and/or the lights are off. This is not something that defines the street, but rather a condition it's in.
The "las" only refers to "tardes." I'm going to report my answer "Las tardes con los amigos son divertidas" because both the given translation, and mine are valid translations given different contexts. Mine suggests that I'm talking about a specific group of friends, while the given one is a more general blanket statement.
I think that is partly true - in that 'with friends' is a sort of restrictive adjectival phrase - but I have also seen : Los granjeros respectan los animales (DO with article). Then again .... 'Los osos comen pescado ( DO no article but pescado is not individual fish but 'fish meat' ) ... can a native speaker say whether 'los osos comen los peces' would be more correct than 'los osos comen peces'?
They are both valid translations, but would be used in different contexts. "Los osos comen peces" is a general statement saying that bears eat fish (think encyclopedia entry). "Los osos comen los peces" implies that there is a certain group/set of fish that the bears are currently eating. Imagine commentary on a nature show of grizzlies catching salmon out of the waterfall.
This is the totally wrong discussion, but yes, you can also say "Sabes cómo leer". The difference between "saber hacer algo" and "saber cómo hacer algo" is roughly that the first means "having the (mental) ability to do something", and the second is closer to "knowing how something functions".
- ¿Sabes leer entre las líneas? - Can you read between the lines?
- ¿Sabes cómo leer entre las líneas? - Do you know how to read between the lines?
Immue, you usually use estar to describe someone's feelings, yes. But here we're talking about what afternoons are like. Afternoons don't have feelings.
Instead, here we're describing a characteristic of those afternoons, and characteristics use the verb ser (which conjugates as son here). Estar is used to talk about the state or condition that someone or something is in.
Sharing this useful tip which I read in another thread here on duolingo.
Why is it Las tardes and not just tardes? You need to use "the" before nouns, even when making general statements like "School is important = La escuela es importante". Escuela es importante, IS not accepted and wrong I believe.
Now I seem to have grasp the idea behind this and I always keep this sentence "School is important" in mind to make me remember easily.
Hope this helps everyone. :)
First, the permanent vs. temporary rule is a bad rule of thumb. It's not going to be consistently accurate, and you'll see it messing people up in these comment sections all the time.
Fun is a characteristic of afternoons, and we use "ser" to talk about characteristics of nouns.
I keep getting confused and missing what is feminine vs. masculine, so I Googled the question before answering on Duo and got THIS response as follows:
"good morning/afternoon/night. it seems like dia is feminine while tardes and noches are masculine.
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So... I got it wrong! My 66 yo brain is simply not doing a great job of remembering stuff short-term, it appears. But SpanishDict.com needs some training!