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  5. "The dogs eat bread."

"The dogs eat bread."

Translation:Los perros comen pan.

April 5, 2013



hmmm why the gender switch? Las perras instead of Los perros? Thought dogs were masculine thus should be Los Perros? Or would you use Las perras comen pan to mean Female dogs (ie bitches) eat bread??


I wasn't sure about this either but think your reasoning is correct. I just thought that if it's not stated, it would default to masculine. I guess for the purpose of the program, it could be either.


"Los perros" is either all male dogs or a gender mixed group of dogs. "Las perras" is a group of all female dogs. So in this case we know that all of the dogs are female. It is like the usage of "las niñas" for a group of all girls, but "los niños" can be all boys or a mixed group of boys and girls.


You're correct!!! Could be the both. I'm Argentina, sorry if you don't understand me, I try hahaha


I translated this as "Los perros comen el pan" and was judged incorrect. I thought it was acceptable to use the article, although I suppose their translation is preferable.


why am I getting this wrong? The word dog in Spanish is masculen


I don't quite understand this either. Spanish always falls back to masculine endings if not stated. So with my conclusion here, if it is plural form, take the feminine ending...or is that wrong to say to?


That is not the correct conclusion. In this case it is all female dogs. The plurality does not affect the gender of a word. See my comment above.


I don't get this one. I marked both 2 and 3: Las perras comen pan and Los perros comen pan and it marked it wrong, claiming that only 2 is correct. What am I missing here?


i thought it was come cuz it was The dogs not They dogs


Why is it Los and not El?


El is singular


‘el perro’ = “the [male] dog”

‘los perros’ = “the [male, or male+female] dogs”

‘la perra’ = “the [female] dog” = “the bitch”

‘las perras’ = “the [female] dogs” = “the bitches”


We must be using different versionsof this ap. Mine is a multiple choice the contruct the sentence and I could only choose Las perras or perro. Since the English was plural I new that the answer could only be Las perras


Whn to use comen/ come/ comemos? M still not able figure it out


yo como’ = “I eat”

tu comes’ = “You [familiar singular] eat”

‘{él | ella | Usted} come’ = “{he | she} eats | you [formal singular] eat”

nosotros comemos’ = “we eat”

vosotros coméis’ = “you [familiar plural] eat”

‘{ellos | ellas | Ustedes} comen’ = “they [masculine] | they [feminine] | You [formal plural]} eat”

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