"Las chicas nadan en la piscina ahora."

Translation:The girls are swimming in the pool now.

3 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/IslaScarr

Why not - the girls are now swimming in the pool

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Carol899957

Should nadan not be nadando? I.e. las chicas están nadando en la piscina ahora

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DanD_8
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It can be, but it doesn't have to be. The simple present can be translated as progressive in English.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alezzzix
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As a native Spanish speaker I should say that I would not translate this sentence as progressive, it sounds like an action they do now, that they didn't use to. Spanish doesn't normally use the adverb ahora with simple present to say that an action is happening right now, but to refer to a change of state.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Allison642418

is it the same in reverse? If I said this to someone in Spanish would I literally be saying "the girls swim in the pool now"? How do you say this in Spanish without sounding, um, dumb?

3 months ago

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Saying nadan sounds fine in Spanish. The simple present is very common.

When you Ecuadorian friend saw me eating a sandwich he said, "¿Qué comes?"

We might think it's strange to say "what do you eat", but it has the same connotation as, "what are you eating".

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Allison642418

Ok that makes sense, thanks!

3 months ago
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