I am getting fed up with these mistakes by Duolingo!!!! Please someone help me. (The pants cost thirteen dollars) should have been accepted. But according to Duolingo it was not the answer they were looking for?! The answer they expected me to type was.... The pants are thirteen dollars. They also put a line under the 'are' PLEASE SOMEONE, please tell me what is going on?
A pair of trousers is one pair, a single pair. Why is the translation not cuesta? Regardless of how they're referred to i.e. a pair, they are still one item and they cost 13 dollars. Why is the Spanish word plural? I find this very confusing and am starting to wonder if it's even possible to learn another language after 60-odd years of only speaking English :-(
Trousers is plural; Pantalones is plural. In English we all say "the pants/trousers cost..." We would never say, "the trousers costs," since it's plural. By adding the word pair, you change the sentence.
Don't worry. If you were speaking and used cuesta instead of cuestan you would be understood. Little mistakes like that won't stop you from communicating.
Thanks for the reply. I'm still confused though; you go into a shop, buy pants/trousers and come out with one item. But the fact that they have 2 legs makes them a pair and thereby plural. I decided to do a bit of research and found this:- "Trousers is plural partly because of a fairly simple misunderstanding. The word is derived from the old Irish word triubhas, which was singular, and referred to close-fitting shorts. The S at the end led people to assume it was a plural word, thus leading to trousers being plural". So originally it wasn't a plural noun but now it is! Thanks anyway for letting me know that someone will understand even if I do get it wrong :-)
I hope you are sticking in there. I´m struggling everyday but enjoying this frustrating and exhilarating ride. 60 odd years is nothing. Weird example I know but remember Colonel Sanders' - Kentucky Fried Chicken Story. In 1952 at the age of 65, when most people are looking at slowing down and retiring, Harland David Sanders began Kentucky Fried Chicken. You are never too old!!!!
It's not a mispelling, it is a grammatical error.
"The pants cost 13 dollars" - "pants" is plural and requires the verb cost.
"The dress costs 13 dollars" - "dress" is singular and requries the verb costs.
English is a little strange. Verbs ending is "s" are most often singular, while those not ending in "s" are usually plural.
I believe both are now acceptable for one pair of pants. In fact, many sources say that the singular isn't really used much anymore. Not %100 sure about that as I'm not a native speaker but it makes sense as that is very much like what has happened in modern English. Even one pair is call 'pants' (plural - because there are two pant legs = pants)