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"¡Tú fuiste un médico muy importante!"

Translation:You were a very important doctor!

June 18, 2018



"¡Tú fuiste un médico muy importante!"

"¡Tú fuiste maestra!" (earlier)

I thought the indefinite article should be dropped for professions.

Is it the addition of the description that requires the indefinite article "un"?



Tú fuiste médico - You were a doctor (in the medical profession).

Tú fuiste un médico muy importante - You were a very important doctor (a specific doctor in the medical profession).


This is odd. This sentence screams the imperfect tense. 'were', 'used to be', surely this sentence should use 'eras'!


Actually, there is a slight difference between "Tú fuiste..." and "Tú eras...", even though both are translated into "You were...".

  • "Tú fuiste un médico..." sounds like an action in the past. It's used in biography when we cite all of the actions that someone did, and all of the jobs he had. It's a bit like the English "You have been ...", except it has no relations with the present.
  • "Tú eras un médico..." is a description in the past. In a story, all the actions would be performed while he was a doctor.


You are right, I'm native spanish speaker and sometimes is a little confuse when you want to use era(s) with "fui(ste)".

You can used "fuiste" when the sentence express emotions (frequently positive) for example if you want to give good news to anyone:

¡Carol, fuiste aceptada! // Carol, you were accepted! (I think correct translation: you've been accepted!)

Because "¡Carol, era aceptada!" doesn't sound native.


I would like a native Spanish speaker to back me up that the literal implication of using "fuiste" is that the person in question is no longer a doctor. However, perhaps the "doctor" is now retired, and for this reason, which is that this retirement is a permanent state, AmineHadji1 is right because the English words "you have been" can be used to speak not only of actions but also of states that occurred the past, with the present state being that you are no longer a "famous" doctor.

What is problematic here is that, in both English and Spanish, the conjugation "have been" is in the (present) perfect tense. However, the connotative meanings are different in each language because the Present Perfect Tense conjugation of the English infinitive "to be," which is "have been," can be translated as either "ha sido" or "ha estado."

If I understand the Spanish connotative meanings correctly, "estado" is used for an action that was ongoing in the past but may or may not have stopped. For this reason, I would translate "ha estado" as either the literal "has been" (the action stopped) or as the connotative "was being" (the action started in the past and is still continuing)."Sido," if I understand the nuance correctly, is used for states that occurred in the past and also ended in the past. That is, "you" are no longer a "famous" doctor. For this reason, I would translate "ha sido" as either the literal "has been" or as the connotative "used to be."


Can this also translate as: You went to a very important doctor.


Although "ser " and "ir " look the same in the preterite, sentences with each are constructed slightly differently. To say "went to" you need the preposition "to," which is not present in the drill sentence.

"you went to a very important doctor" = "fuiste a un doctor muy importante"


Thank you, I made the same mistake as George278921!


I don't think so, because that would require the preposition "a" (tú fuiste a un médico muy importante)


I wonder if 'mucho' would be aceppted instead of'muy'?


Mucho becomes muy in front of adjectives, so it would not, the only exceptions are comparative adjectives.


What's wrong with "You went to a very important doctor!" ? Would that be "Tú fuiste a un médico muy importante!" ?

I understand the exclamation symbol does make that an odd thing to exclaim, but with out it it would be a logical sentence.


It wouldn't be much odder than the actual exclamation DL is making :) But yes, you would need "fuiste a" for that translation.


why isn't it "estuviste" instead of fuiste?


Occupations use "ser", not "estar".


Could one say 'you were a very prominent doctor' :peter


It's pretty similar, but don't expect DL to have every possible synonym in their database of translations. Note also that "prominente" is the closest translation for "prominent".


"You were a very important medic" is still not accepted as of August 22, 2018.


Probably because that's an unusual usage of the term "medic." I'm not saying you are wrong, but that usage is unlikely to be encountered in normal conversation. Usually when an English speaker says "medic" they are referring to someone who is trained as a first responder to give medical attention to someone in emergency situations and is not a licensed doctor. A médico is a health professional with formal certification equivalent to a doctor in the US.


I said you was a very important doctor


If you had said "you were a very important doctor," your answer would have been accepted.


this is correct, in UK english definitely. Duolingo should accept this


That's not standard English, in the UK or the US.


I wrote " you were a very important Dr." and it was incorrect?


doctor, just like mister, is not abbreviated except in front of a name (Dr. Smith)


'you was a very important medical doctor' is also correct, surely


It's not correct.

You were not you was

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