"I don't feel very well today."
Translation:Yo no me siento muy bien hoy.
Is the 'Yo' necessary at the beginning of this sentence? If it is dropped, would 'No me siento muy bien hoy' be an understandable sentence?
EugeneTiffany is absolutely correct:
No, "yo" is not necessary.
Yes, "No me siento muy bien hoy" is perfectly understandable and correct.
I am trying to find out the same thing, I entered my answer as " Yo no siento muy bien hoy" and it was incorrect, Im thinking it is because "siento" by itself means just "feel" so saying "me siento" means "I feel" But I am not sure what the guidelines are to needing to use the "me". Im hoping this makes sense
"Sentirse" is an example of a reflexive verb in Spanish, so it requires the "me" in front here. This is the first reflexive verb we've seen so far, but I expect there will be more in the future
I tried that - "no estoy siento muy bien hoy" - marked incorrect. Why is this wrong???
Because, "siento," requires the, "me," in front of it, for one thing. Also what you're trying to say there is (sort of), "I am not I feel very well today."
Would a native Spanish speaker ever actually say, "Yo no me siento...?" Or would it normally just be, "No me siento...?"
If they would say it, under what circumstances would they?
(Yes, I understand the the, "Yo," is sometimes added for emphasis, but I can't see any reason anyone would do that here.)
Because Spanish doesn't work that way, I guess?
You have to have the, "me," in front of the, "siento." It's just Spanish grammar.
Maybe a native Spanish speaker would understand what you are trying to say, but it would sound 'weird' to them, I think. Sort of like it sounds weird in English to say, "I always am happy." But in Spanish, "siempre (always)," comes before, "estoy (I am)." I hope that helps...
As StephenSho20 explained in reply to another comment, it's the difference between "I don't feel very well" and "I don't feel something very well". "Yo no siento bien" would be something someone would say if their hands were numb.
More on reflexive verbs: https://youtu.be/TnFLuQPPoYg