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"My grandfather is funny."

Translation:Mi abuelo es divertido.

June 15, 2018



Mi abuelo es gracioso.


Mi abuelo es divertido: my grandfather is funny. How would I say my grandfather is fun (as in My grandfather is fun to be with, but not necessarily a funny man?)


Yes, I would like to know that, too. I have heard native Spanish speakers say in English something like, “The vacation was really funny.” Their small mistake in English makes me wonder if I really understand how to say “fun” and “funny” in Spanish.


same here - is there a different word for funny, or do Spanish feel it is the same thing? (I would think of laughter when thinking funny, but of happiness when thinking fun?)


Why is cómico wrong?


Along with divertido and gracioso, cómico may fit nicely. It sounds like grandpa is quite a card. ;-)


Why not A mi abuelo es divertido ?


If you're thinking of the "personal a," it's only used before direct objects. Here "my grandfather" is the subject.
I admire my grandfather. (Yo) Admiro a mi abuelo. (direct object)

You'll also see "a mi abuelo" used in sentences where it clarifies the indirect object: A mi abuelo le gusta correr. My grandfather likes to run. (Running is pleasing to my grandfather.)


Thank you, marcy65brown. That explains it well, and should be easy to remember.


Very helpful, thank you.


Should be esta (to the pedants sorry no accent) as being funny is mostly a temporary state.


I wondered the same thing, but I just learned that although it may be a temporary state, the estar verb form is not used here. The ser form of verb is also used for physical descriptions, character descriptions and personality traits. In this sentence, es is correct because it explains his personality trait.


Time to send him off to the funny farm?

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