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"Today is my birthday and I'm excited."

Translation:Hoy es mi cumpleaños y estoy emocionado.

June 15, 2018



I get so confused about when to use "es" as opposed to "esta". Same with este and esta. Does anyone have any hard and fast rules I can learn about those words?


As Peggy mentions, the hardest and fastest rule is to use ser (e.g. es) in case of permanent situations, and estar (e.g. está) for temporary situations. It's a good rule to start out with when you want to get a feel for the language and don't want to get bogged down too much with precise grammar.

However, when you want to get more precise (and therefore less hard and less fast), there's "e-Doctor" and "Place". For Ser use "e-Doctor": Event, description, occupation, characteristic, time, origin, relationship. For estar use "Place": Position, location, action, condition, emotion.

In this case, a birthday is an Event, so Ser.


Great rule to remember. Gracias.


There is a little lesson on when to use estar or ser in an earlier set of lessons. Click on the lesson and then look at the top right and you should see a little light bulb click on that. The light bulb should give you a little written note on when and how to use them.


Could i say es mi cumpleaños hoy


that's what i typed and apparently that's wrong while my Spanish speaking friends said it would be also correct


I went with emocionado simply because it did not specify a feminine so the default is then masculine. If that is correct thinking then that is the reason Duo liked it.


Yes, you are correct.


Duo accepted emocionada, but notified me another accepted solution is... I chose the feminine form because a female voice pronounced the sentence.


I feel that in the past sections of doulingo, they gradually added words to what we already learned and formed sentences using the previously learned words and the new ones. With the emotions section, it appears they added lots of new words all at once, without the practice time to learn how to say, spell, or write these words. The result has made it more difficult to retain or learn the words and how they are used in a sentence. Does anyone feel this way or know if this will be the new pattern going forward? I may be at a point where i have to look elsewhere to continue my Spanish education.


not sure when I should be using Soy and Estoy


I found this online which helped me with the same problem:

When to Use "Soy" vs. "Estoy" Quick Answer soy = I am/I'm when talking about permanent or lasting attributes estoy = I am/I'm when talking about temporary states or locations

Estoy is also used as an auxiliary verb in the present continuous. Soy alta, soy mexicana y soy ingeniera. I'm tall, I'm Mexican, and I'm an engineer.

Estoy cansado y hambriento. I'm tired and hungry.

Estoy en el banco. I'm at the bank.

Estoy corriendo en el parque. I'm running in the park.


Both verbs mean "to be", I read something once that always sticks in my mind.. "how you feel and where you are that is when you use Estar "(verb for estoy) That's how I always differentiate the two


I guess birthday is always plural in spanish?


Cumpleaños is birthday. The "s" does not equate to plural in English.


Why are we using “es.” Ser conjugates to el/Ella es and we are talking about “mi.”


The subject is the birthday (it), not I, so we need the third person. The fact that it's my birthday doesn't change the conjugation.


I don't know why it was wrong. Maybe because cumpleaños was in all caps?


I write in this way and it was wrong: why can't be "Es mi cumpleaños hoy y estoy emocionado." ???


I used: Hoy soy mi cumpleaños - Thanks for explaining that es is used because the object is Birthday not I.


why is it automatically nado instead of nada


Funny coincidence: I got this prompt on my birthday


cumpleanos was missing from the selection of answer words.


why not MIS cumpleaños, not a plural, I guess?


Sorry if this was already asked before, but what is the difference between 'es' and 'esta'? I would appreciate it a lot if anyone could help. Thanks!


It won't accept the feminine version of excited.


Is it wrong to say mi complianos es hoy?


Happy birthday!


Hoy es mi complisnos y estoy muy emocionada


I wrote es mi cumpleaños hoy y estoy emocionado and it was wrong.. why


The right answer does not work


The button with the right answer does not work


The right answer button dont work



My answer was what is shown above in this discussion, but it marked it wrong indicating that I forgot the "muy" before "emocionado"


I had the same issue.


my answer is correct but it is not accepted!!!


Same here. "emocianado" is not the only way to express "excited" -- there's entusiasto, eccitato, etc.


How i now that "me" in this sentence is a male


Was the audio done by the man or woman? :-D


Why wasn't emocionada accepted ? I see that it was accepted for someone else


Report it if it was not accepted.


What's the rule for putting yo in front of estoy? I put it in this one and got it wrong. Is it only used as a first word?


Seriously, you forgot to input "emocionada" in addition to the masculine form - at this point in history? One cannot answer as a female?

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