"I have to go to school at eight."
Translation:Yo tengo que ir a la escuela a las ocho.
Why is the "que" needed? Tengo = I have and "ir" = to go; what is the que for?
Tener que is an expression that means “have to” or “need to”. Tener on its own means you have possession of something like “I have a cold” or “I have pink socks” but not that you NEED to do something. Another tener expression is “tener ganas de” which means to feel like.... they are just expressions.
yes but as mentioned above ir means to go. so your explanation of 'tener que' meaning have to is good but it falls short of explaining why 'tener que ir' is not have to to go
The problem is not the Spanish, but the English language here. "ir" is an infinitive. The infinitive in English is sometimes "to go", sometimes only "go", depending on the context.
Both "have to" and ""tener que" need a "naked" infinitive, thus "ir" or "go", not "to go".
It did not accept "tengo que".....the solution listed was "debo"...... which is also correct but "tengo que" should be included as a correct response.
Why is it "las ocho" & not "los ocho"? Pardón si es una pregunta estupido. Gracías
This is the correct translation I was given: "Yo debo ir a la escuela a las ocho." I haven't yet seen the verb "debo" yet in any example but have twice been given it in a correction. In both cases the correction I was given is not what is shown as the correct translation above "Yo tengo que ir a la escuela a las ocho." What is "debo" and is it correct here?
both are correct. The situation is quite similar to English, where two very similar versions exist. "debo" is the 1st person singular of the verb "deber" and simply translates to "I must". "tengo que" means the same and is close to the construction "I have to" in English.
I used "Tengo que ir al colegio a las ocho." Duo says I'm wrong. Please advise.
I answered exactly as stated in the answer, but put "horas" at the end and it was flagged as wrong! Okay, maybe horas in not necessary, but wrong??? Is there a danger that someone will not understand me because I say "horas" when I don't need to?