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Why does my Spanish teacher do this?

At school my Spanish teacher always misses out the 'yo' when she teaches us to sa 'I do/eat/drink/am ...... ' etc.

<pre> Anybody know why? </pre>
4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/AlejoPF
AlejoPF
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Because you can do this in Spanish, each verb has a conjugation (i,e a different word for each person yo, tú, él, etc), so if you use the personal pronoun and the conjugated verd together, it could be emphatic or redundant.

4 years ago

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it makes sense now

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GregHullender
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In all languages, whenever you say something that you didn't have to say, the listener assumes that you meant something special by it. I think the flavor of "Yo lo bebo" is something like the English "I will drink it" where you raise your voice when you say "I." That is, it sounds like you thought the listener was expecting someone else to drink it.

If that's not the impression you meant to give (and it almost never is), then it's wrong to say "yo". Your teacher is doing the right thing.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Raynwl
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i will drink it means: lo beberé y yo lo bebo means: i drink it

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GregHullender
GregHullender
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Yikes! It's because I started with a future example, then decided he might not have learned the future yet, but then I fogot to edit the English to match.

Sorry about that!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bilingual_badger

thanks

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Daniel.Chrenko

Because "yo bebo agua" is the same as "bebo agua"

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

Because using subject pronouns when not needed for clarity or emphasis is often seen as a beginner's mistake.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Adina_atl

In Costa Rica, where I started learning Spanish by immersion, I heard "yo" so infrequently that I literally didn't know how to pronounce it! It was only on Duolingo that heard it often enough to learn how to say it. So I can attest that native Spanish speakers omit it more often than not.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nachogb
Nachogb
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Economy of Language, as AlejoPF said

4 years ago