"Do you have a cat?"
Translation:¿Tú tienes un gato?
Be careful with the translation guides. Although the words can mean the same, I think I need to be mindful of the intention.
I'm not sure why you commented that on this question in particular, but yes, very much so. Connotation and situational use are important in all languages.
Can someone explain the difference be "Tu" and "Tú" I've seen both used throughout lessons and besides there being an accent on one and not on the other!
"Tu" is a possessive adjective that means "your", while "tú" is a pronoun meaning "you".
For example: "Mi casa es tu casa." = "My house is your house." and, "Tú eres mi amigo." = "You are my friend."
You probably already know this, but just remember both are informal. This means they are used for friends, people you know, or people your own age. In other words, people with which you are on equal standing or familiar with.
"tienes" is only for "tú" (informal); tiene is used with "usted", "él" and "ella"
When you use tienes it indicates tú, If you use tiene, it will refer to usted (which is formal version of 'you')
If they accept "¿Tienes hermano?" for "Do you have a brother?", they should accept "¿Tienes gato?" for "Do you have at cat?". Reported.
You mean having 'Tú' in this particular sentence? No, it isn't necessary. 'Tú' is already implied by 'tienes'.
However, there is a chance the Duolingo team could have messed up and mark your answer wrong if you don't include it, so it is best just to humor the lessons and quizzes and put it in there.
It also does help remember that tú matches with tienes, but I agree that Doulingo shouldn't mark it wrong. :)
In English would be "Do have a cat you?" So it is weird to say it in that way.
Both terms refer to house cats, though they are not the same. "Minimo" literally means "minimum", but when referring to cats it more accurately translates to "❤❤❤❤❤-cat". It is a very informal word used in colloquial speech.
"Usted" is the formal, singular form of "you". It is used when addressing someone you wish to speak respectfully to, such as a superior, someone older than yourself, someone you do not know, or someone you wish to show a lot of respect for.
Duolingo gave me credit, but is it legit to say:
Tiene un gato?
Just checking for real life application. I plan on using this a lot.
Yes, it is perfectly acceptable to not include the pronoun at the start of the sentence. However, remember that "¿Tiene un gato?" can also mean "Does he/she have a cat?", so you have to be careful with that. Also, keep in mind that while "tiene" does mean "you have", it is the usted form, meaning it is used in formal or unfamiliar situations, and can sound uptight if used with friends and family.
¿Vosotros tenéis - Do you have....
Vosotros is the Spanish version of ustedes.