I'm so mixed up. My answer was, 'My grandfather bought us a pet.' and it was a guess. It's like when I was learning to add in grade school. The problem 8+9 just for no better word scared me. My mind would stop working. Everyone understood it but me. I kind of get what you're saying, I'm not comfortable with it though. Please help me a little more.
My grandfather buys us a pet. Accepted.
The Spanish indicative present tense means three things depending on context:
- Mi abuelo nos compra...
1.- My grandfather buys us...
2.- My grandfather is buying us...
3.- My grandfather does buy us...
In this sentence, there's probably not much difference. The present continuous in Spanish would indicate that he's buying us the pet at this very moment - now. However, I've heard that they don't use present continuous as often in Spanish as we do in English. The simple present tense in English would seem a bit awkward to me here.
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Compra, escucha... both are present time. Estamos comprando/escuchando/escribiendo etc = we are buying/listening/writing. Then why is it "mi abuelo nos compra" translated as present progressive (which is formed by combining the verb “to be” with the present participle) when in fact it is simple present? I am not getting it
Both English and Spanish have progressive tenses, but they use them differently, especially the present progressive. While English is fine with it being a one-time action in the present or the near future, for Spanish it needs to be an action that is in progress right at the moment of speaking, and that progress has to be important somehow. You can say "I am going home tomorrow", but not "Estoy yendo a casa mañana."
You could use "Mi abuelo nos está comprando una mascota" if someone was watching your grandfather going up to the counter of a pet store ask asking you about it, but not in many other situations.
¿Mi abuelo nos compra una mascota?
There are different kinds of questions, and different languages handle them differently.
Spanish has different object pronouns. It's "nos compra" (indirect object pronoun) but "a nosotros" (prepositional pronoun)
"Ella" is the subject/prepositional pronoun and "su" is the possessive adjective.
That's how the indirect object works. It goes between the verb and the direct object. And the presence of the direct object makes it abundantly clear what is receiving the action of the verb.
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