"A brown purse."
Translation:Una cartera marrón.
I have never heard anyone say "marrón" for brown. I've heard "color café" and "moreno/a" all my life.
why can't it be "una cartera de marrón"? when should i only put "de" for adjectives?
Generally you don't, and for sure you don't need "de" with colors. I'd say "de" is more like "of" in English and goes rather with nouns than with adjectives: "la plata de madera" is literally "the plate [made] of wood", "la falda de mi madre" is "the skirt of my mum"
Just to help you out, think of it like this.
(noun) (adjective) : A (adjective) (noun). (noun) de (adjective) : A (noun) of (adjective).
Hope this helps! Have a great day!
What about bolsa? I was marked incorrect, with Cartera offered as the correct answer. Spanish Dictionary includes it as purse or. handbag.
You are correct about this. Bolsa is another word that could exchange to be the answer.
However, Duolingo typically uses the most common phrase to put as the definition. This is typically to give you basic knowledge on a word's meaning, instead of all of them.
Sorry for your troubles! Hope it goes better later!
You use un when it is a masculine word and una when it's feminine. In this sentence, the purse is feminine so you'd use una. (Ex: A brother = Un hermano while A sister = Una hermana; notice the "o" at the end of hermano. This means it's masculine. The "a" at the end of hermana means it is feminine. Same with a purse. Bolsa/cartera is feminine so you'd use "una"). I hope this helped!
I'd be cautious with focusing on the endings to determine the word gender. Sure, they often work that way and it's helpful to notice such patterns, but you have to remember it's not the rule - there are examples that don't match, like el problema, el mapa, la foto, la moto
Why do i get new words without giving me the possibility to learn them first ? :-( i dont want to guess .i want to know