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"Why don't they listen to us?"

Translation:¿Por qué ellos no nos escuchan?

June 15, 2018



I still have no idea why the order of these words are as they are - except "por qué". After that it seems getting the correct order is a bit if a lottery. None of it makes any literal sense at all. "They no to us listen"??? Frustrating.


Same with me. I don't understand why they is earlier in the sentence, and not at the end like in other exercises.


Ellos was accepted at the end of the sentence for me. I feel lost and also wondering what happened to the personal a (not necessarily in this sentence).


You simply can't treat Spanish as you do English. Often there is not a 1-1 translation. Learn like a child. Accept this as the way it is. Gather a collection of these types of sentences. Look at the pattern for saying things and learn them. If you make mistakes and then correct them, that's good. You are learning, and that's your real goal.


Do you have to say "ellos" for this sentence to be correct? Doesn't the ending on "escuchan" imply them or they?


The ending could also imply ustedes (plural form of the formal you). Sometimes people add "ellos" to clarify, but you're right - it's optional.


I wrote: por que no ellas nos escuchan? Why is it wrong?


no modifies the verb and comes after ellos, not before.


This whole lesson could have used a lot more explanation. I feel like I am being dropped off in a foreign county with very little instruction and I have been doing this program daily for over a year!


is it possible to say "Por que no nos escuchan ellas?" previous question did put the subject at the end. i don't know where to put the subject in these sentences.


escuchan implies them or they, ellos is not necessary


'Escuchan' can also refer to 'ustedes', which is 'you'.


So is "ellos" always a necessary part of a sentence, then? Like "Ellos tienen muchos zapatos," but never "Tienen muchos zapatos." As opposed to "yo," which can be left out as in, "Tengo frio."

Thanks and have a few lingots.


A subject pronoun can always be omitted, as long as it isn't required for clarification. If you already know from the conversation that 'escuchan' refers to 'ellos', then you can leave it out. However, if it is not clear who you are talking about you would probably want to include the subject, as it could also refer to 'ellas' or 'ustedes'.


Por que no nos escuchamos - why is it wrong


Probably just a mind slip, but it should be "escuchan", because the subject is "they". Your sentence says Why don't WE listen to each other


Why por que and not just que?


'¿Por qué?' is 'Why?' You can't just omit the 'por'.


Does escuchan here refer to us or them?


It refers to 'ellos', which is 'they'.


How come "no" can't come after Por que?


If you were to omit 'ellos' then 'no' could come after ¿Por qué?, but if you include the subject pronoun you need to put it before 'no'.


Is it wrong to say that Por que ellos no escuchamos?


You haven't included the people who they should be listening to (or 'to whom they should be listening'!). 'Why don't they listen to us'?' = ¿Por qué ellos no nos escuchan?


Esta aqui mi lingot. Gracias por tu ayuda.


Why no use of pesonal A


Where would you like to put the personal 'a'?


I oftet get confused when to use the 'no' in the sentence, why after the 'ellos' Can someone help me with this


The subject pronoun is mostly omitted before Spanish verbs, so it's quite normal just to put '¿Por qué no nos escuchan?', the 'no' being placed immediately before the conjugated verb. It remains in that position even if the pronoun is included, '¿Porque ellos no nos escuchan?'.


Is this wrong? Por qué ellos a nosotros no nos escuchan?


If you want to put 'a nosotros' you need to put it at the end and then miss out 'nos', as you otherwise you're repeating yourself. However, it's only necessary to put '....no nos escuchan'. Both 'nos' and 'a nosotros mean 'to us', so you don't need them both.

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