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"El bebé duerme en la cuna."

Translation:The baby sleeps in the crib.

April 11, 2013



Duerme means sleep, not sleeping.

If you want want to use the word, sleeping, then you must translate from. "El bebé está durmiendo en la cuna." This means "the baby is sleeping in the crib." The duoLingo sentence only means "the baby sleeps in the crib." Again, "duerme" does not mean sleeping.

Note, I post messages like this to correct gross misinformation which can lead too many innocent victims astray. And I hopefully look for others ahead of me to do the same so I am not lead astray by misinformation as being pushed forth here.


This is good advice for not losing a heart on Duo but is misinformation re Spanish! Duerme means (él, ella, usted) sleeps OR does sleep - used a lot in English to form a question (does he sleep?) or a negative (these days we say he does not sleep rather than he sleeps not!) - OR "is sleeping" in the positive declarative "he is sleeping" and you can imagine the negative or question form. Technically I think it's called a progressive tense or present continuous and Spanish represents it with él duerme. The construction Eugene gives has a much narrower meaning in English - he is sleeping right now, at this very minute (.... so he cannot come to the phone, e.g.) -but a more general statement e.g. he is sleeping for 8 hours a night, is 3l duerme. Hope that is clear ..... But at present Duo likes the simple "he sleeps" translation so send in a report but if you wanna keep your hearts....!!


So which is it? Both or only "sleeps"? Im confused.


Sorry if not clear. "El duerme" (simple present) can be translated into English as "he sleeps"/"he does sleep"/"he is sleeping" but Duo may not accept the last two options: I keep reporting it - to Duo, not to this discussion list btw! - and sometimes Duo does accept "... is ---ing".
Also, it is correct to translate "He is sleeping" into Spanish as "el duerme" unless there is the sense of he is sleeping right now/at this moment when you use the construction Eugene describes above.


i have a 2-year old brother that sleeps in a crib


Is there any reason why "the baby sleeps in the cot" is not accepted? DL tells me it should be "the baby sleeps on the cot", which seems odd to me. Also, the translation above this comment thread is "the baby sleeps in the crib".


I'm English, not American so we use "cot". Also, "en" in English means "in" not on. "On" in Spanish is "sobre" or to be more correct "enzima" but en is the correct preposition.

So, when I put "the baby sleeps in the cot" in English this is perfectly correct.


MickMason - I do not understand what you mean by the statement "en" in English means "in" Do you mean: the Spanish word "en" means "in" in English? If so, you are only partially correct and misleading. It can also mean "on" and is often used in this way. Context usually tells us whether to translate into English as "in" or as "on".


Same the baby sleeps in the cot makes sense you would only say someone sleeps on the cot if they do what my brother did once and sleep on a flat packed cot or my cat that sleeps on the mozzie net covering the cot. I think they got confused because you can sleep on a bed and treated cot the same way which doesn't work.


My translation of "the baby sleeps in the cot" was deemed incorrect also (still). According to Duolingo I should have said "on the cot" (as opposed to "in the crib"). I have heard of babies described as being "in the cot" all my life. I wonder if that is an Australian peculiarity? But when you think about it, they are not perched on the frame but within it, usually under covers - hence "in the cot". Even if the other translation is by the book, I have never heard it. Perhaps we need more correct options to cover all the possibilities?


I'm assuming 'on the cot' is an Americanism. I would say 'in the cot' using British English.


A cot in America is not a baby crib, but a flat, folding sleeping surface such as used by a soldier--an army cot. So yes, you would sleep on the cot. But a baby sleeps in a crib.


That information about what a cot is worth a got. It is impossible to sleep in a flat surface. Yes, a cot a simple and very uncomfortable flat bed. And not a crib which has upraised sides. A baby can be put on a cot or in a crib. But a baby could also be put under either. Though that is where the tigers are.


And yet you can say he's in bed ('packaged' within the covers.) On the bed would be on top of the duvet, sheet, blanket, whatever, like the cat.


It isn't used (at least in my part of America)


Iron helps us play. Hello Joe


How does this comment not have more likes, seriously? =D


So does the accent on the last "e" of the noun "bebe" change it pronunciation compared to the verb "bebe"?


Yes. It should put the stress/emphasis on the last "e" as opposed to bebe (drink) which has no emphasis. I think I might have trouble understanding the difference when spoken.


I think there is a stress on the first syllable of "bebe" (drink).


A light stress only, almost silent. This is not important on Spanish vocab.


bellablade- yes it is, if you want to avoid confusion


she, he drinks= el bebe .There is not a stress on the first syllable of "bebe" (drink) but YES there is a stress on the first syllable of" baby" in spanish. I'M SPANISH


ps104- this isn't what my profesor, who lives in Madrid teached me. My grammar teached me also that the stress has to be put when a noun finishes by a vowel or S or N, the stress goes on the syllable before the last one. baby in Spanish is bebé, yes there's a stress, but not on the first syllable as you said, but on the last one bebÉ. You're saying exactly the contrary of grammar rules about stress and accents. Are you sure you're a native? I have a doubt here.




can bebe beber beben be interchanged


You must pay attention on what you hear. When you say bebé the last syllable is said whit emphasis.


pandora- No, there's a difference the written accent over bebÉ, puts the tonal accent on the last syllable. Yes there's a stress on bEbe, even though we can't see a written accent. So in conversation, it will be very easy to hear the difference. It's all about learning the rule for stress


The baby is sleeping in the crib. This is present tense english, but not for duoligo


You are right... the baby is sleeping in the crib means that presently the baby is in the crib sleeping. That is not what this sentence means. The baby might not even be home at the moment, she/he could be out at the park, wide awake and playing. And you could still express that when she does sleep she "duerme en la cuna". Two different meanings entirely


Thanks so much Ernewein


"The baby is sleeping in the crib" doesn't necessarily imply the baby is in the crib right now in English (although, that would certainly be the more normal interpretation without extra context).


For example, in response to the question "where is the baby sleeping these days?" or "where is the baby sleeping tonight?".


Agreed, it could be either, but without context (e.g. dl) we can't know which it is supposed, so both are equally correct.


ummm.... im not sure why you are saying "agreed"...i did not say it could be either, i said they are completely different. it can not be either. "is sleeping" would be "está durmiendo"


ajaxian- It would have been : el bebé esta durmiendo en la cuna


Report it to Duolingo.


Unless Duo insists on esta' durmiendo for is sleeping --


I had the same problem as ajaxian, but I don't know how to report it to duolingo


Through the dedicated button "Report a problem" during the exercise OR through the "Support" button on the left of every pages.


The translation requires: 'The baby sleeps on the cot'? Why ON the cot? A cot is something a baby sleeps IN. Look at the picture of a cot. But it accepts that a baby sleeps in a crib.


The baby sleeps in the cot - is marked as wrong. Says answer is on the cot when this is not correct


Why is 'The baby sleeps in the cot.' incorrect? The correct solutions were 'in the crib' and 'on the cot'. In the UK we say that they sleep in the cot, not on top of it.


Exactly as I thought - I hope you reported it


It's American English. A baby sleeps in a crib. An army soldier sleeps on a cot (portable flat folding bed).


why it is in the crib but it does not admit in the cot why does it have to be on the cot


I know we have spoken about it before, but they still say you are wrong when you say in the cot WHY?


Is 'the baby' always masculine? Wondering if (and how) the gender changes for a known female baby?


aribada, a baby of course can be a boy or a girl, but the noun baby is always masculine.


to determine a gender you must say (for example correct me if im wrong) el bebé quiere DE LA leche=the baby wants her milk (femine) el bebé quiere DEL leche=the baby wants his milk (masculine) so yeah i think bebé=baby is always masculine. you must add masculine or femine nouns to determine the gender of the baby



El bebé(masculine)

La bebé(feminine)

"Del" in that sentence is wrong

El bebé quiere la leche=the baby wants the milk


accents in the wrong place and this could read 'he drinks sleeps in the crib'.....funny.


LOL I actually did thought this should be the answer for a second, but when I tried to type it out, I realized this sentence had some grammer issue, so I changed my mind. I'm glad someone feel the same way as I did.


Does the word, "cuna" sound like, "una" when you hit the sound key?


My problem exactly. At times, no matter how many times I replay, the apparent lack of enunciation on initial consonants has made me wonder what the heck is being said.


Nope- sorry guys who ever did the English is clearly not a native English speaker - I answered "The baby sleeps in the cot", you said incorrect, it should be "The baby sleeps ON the cot". Nope sory, YOU are WRONG!


Ahem. I am a native English speaker, though one of an American variety, and in 70 years I had never heard anyone refer to "sleeping in a cot" until reading through this thread. Where I live, in Texas, a cot is obviously something one would be "on" rather than "in," and we would seldom think of having a baby sleep on a cot, anyway. A cot, after all has no sides, so how do you get "in" it?

So, Googling the exact phrase, "on a cot", I get c. 800,000 hits demonstrating that preposition to have at least some usage, but ('hmmm'), the phrase "in a cot" yields somewhat more at slightly over a million. How could this be?

Definition of 'cot' from Oxford Online and Merriam-Webster:

1 North American A camp bed, particularly a portable, collapsible one. Example Sentences:

  • With trepidation, he slowly got out of one of the portable cots of the type that everyone slept in and put on a pair of cloth trousers.

  • After saying my goodnights, I returned to my tent and got comfortable on my collapsible cot.

Also: 1. 1 A plain narrow bed. OR 1.2 British: A baby’s crib.

So, yes, a cot may have sides, after all.

The English-speaking world is a very large place. Never be too quick to say (as many have on/in these fora) " Who would ever say that in English."


Everyone in the UK would say the baby sleeps in a cot / crib. They might say in a bed or on a bed depending the context.

If you said the baby sleeps on the cot / crib you might get some worried looks.


Hey being British I can't help it if Americans can't speak the language properly. A cot is a baby "bed" with sides over here (put this ebay search in your address bar and look what comes up http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.Xcot&_nkw=cot&_sacat=0). A crib is what you would put a newborn in like a cradle (what you guys in US might call a bassinet). The origin of the word crib is the Anglo-Saxon cribb stall or manger, or an animals hay trough- like Jesus was put in.

But either way, even of it is a "narrow bed", once you are "under the covers" you are "in bed". If I comne into your bedroom in the morning and you are sleeping with the covers over you, would it be correct to say you were sleeping "on bed" or "in bed". If you were on TOP of the covers, I might accept that you were "on the bed". I have a home in Florida and spend 6 months a year there, and if I phoned any of my neighbours (yes there's a U in that word) in the middle of the night, and I asked where they were - I don't think any of the would say they were "on bed", I'm sure they would say they were "in bed".


Sorry, tejano, that's the problem with the forums and notice boards; of course, you can't see the wry smile on my face or hear the ironic tone in my voice when I'm writing. The jibbing was meant in the spirit of "badinage" that I share with my Floridian neighbours, where I tell them they can't speak English or spell, they criticise British cuisine, and I say "this coming from the nation that brought the World McDonalds and Subway", they say "well with the state of Brits teeth you think you'd be glad of something easy to eat" yada yada yada, it was intended to be a "light hearted dig", but I suppose reading again, didn't come across that way. Not helped of course by the fact I did it on my smart phone which seemed to want to post the item every time I added a new paragraph, and hence before I'd corrected typos.

Have a good Christmas and a jolly new year.... and don't spend too much time IN bed!


Aye, well put, Simon, and I hereby retract any "brusqueness" that may have crept into my comments.

Let me also disassociate myself from any comments about 'Brits' teeth', which I find to be boorish and reflecting poorly on "Americans."

Yes, thank you and a good Christmas and jolly new year to you as well; they are in order for all of us, aren't they? so let's kick back on our cots and enjoy some Charlie Parker. . . or maybe some Getz. ;-)


Well, now, that's a bit of a surly response, isn't it, considering my post was in part to acknowledge that you were right to say "in the cot?" and that I would have been out of line to suggest otherwise simply because our usage here (which I simply tried to explain) is different? My last two sentences applied to me as much as to you.

(But then, what the "hay", being a Northamerican, I can't help it if some British can't read the language properly, now can I?. )

On the other hand, I don't disagree with your points about "on the bed" and "in (the) bed;" it is a contextual thing.

And personally, being something of an anglophile who recognises that much of the good that we've taken for granted "over here" is a gift from the men at Runnymede through Coke, the Levellers, Wildman, Shaftesbury, Locke and the whole lot of them, I have no problem whatsoever with the "u" in 'neighbours', 'colour' or any of the rest of British spelling, including 'gaol.'

So why bring it up, and why is there such a chip on your shoulder?


All of you have been very helpful for me. Thank you very much and one lingot for each of you. ;)


I think that this a beautiful example of how people can interact with people all over the world without arguing, with logic instead.


A lingot for you all is in order.


To be honest, Tejano, your own response was pretty brusque You also quoted something which proves our point 'got out of one of the portable cots' - if you get out of something,, surely you were in it in the first place! And if 'Googling' is your way of proving something, put in 'cot' and go to 'images' and you will find virtually everything has sides: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=cot&biw=1093&bih=461&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=n9uTVLy0EsfnauyqgdgL&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAg


Well, I know it's been a while, Charley, but you didn't exactly read my post, did you?

Definition of 'cot' from Oxford Online and Merriam-Webster:

1 North American A camp bed, particularly a portable, collapsible one. [ ... ] Also: 1. 1 A plain narrow bed. *OR 1.2 British: A baby’s crib.

So, yes, a cot may have sides, after all .


A baby does not sleep 'on' a cot. I was marked incorrect on this sentence whereas i was gramatically correct. I should have got this mark.


You are right; you should have gotten credit. Please report it.

But understand, the sentence and response were written by someone who simply didn't understand the difference between the British and American concept of "a cot." Here, a baby would rarely sleep on a "cot" at all. Here, it is not the same thing as a crib.


I forgot the word 'cuna', "The baby sleeps in the...."

My options: crib, wall, machine, oven, dryer.

If I had this one wrong I should not have kids later in life lol


Can this also be translated as- "His baby sleeps in the crib"?


No, absolutely not. There is nothing in this sentence that indicates it is 'his' baby.


"Él" is "he" but "El" is "the".


His baby sleeps in the crib would be su bebé duerme en la cuna


Does anyone know if there is an easy way to find and use accent marks when using the android phone app? I got this wrong simply because I didnt use the accent mark. I knew I needed it, but I can't figure out how to use them from my cell phone.


It depends on which keyboard you are using. Can't help you without that info. On many, hold down the corresponding letter for more options. For instance, to type 'é' hold down 'e' and more options appear. But it depends on which keyboard you have.


You should take into consideration that "El" doesn't have an accent mark here


I would never say "on the cot", always "in the cot". "Crib" is not a widely used word.


Baby's sleep IN cots not ON them, so why is "The baby sleeps in the cot" rejected?


This should be "the baby sleeps in the cot" this is the correct & accepted English!!!


Correct for England, not correct for US. But Duo should accept both, surely.


Is anybody else fed up of typing our own native language? I want to practice Spanish, not English. English responses should be word boxes only.


The problem with word boxes is that you can use process of elimination to guess words that you may not know.

But IMO both methods are fine together.


is't the crib hot like a pan?!


not okay i put "in a crib" and it counted me wrong


Could you use cuna for slang as in house like in english??


Why is it "duermo" sometimes instead of "duerme"?


Different conjugations of the verb 'dormir.' Yo duermo; El/ella duerme.


Cute!!!!!!! ;)


i put bed why is it wrong their the same thing right?


Somethings wrong, my answer was correct at first, then gave me different answer, and again with the second one tells me I am wrong again? ..................


I have two questions. 1. Why isn't "The baby sleeps in A crib" Correct?

  1. I thought bebé meant drinks?


jae- él/ella/usted bebe, bebé with accent is baby


you should take this down now or you will lose your acount


Lol I forgot to put in the word sleep! XD


i have written it correctly?


Plus it says "the baby sleeps in the cub" is not right! I said that for me


Duerme means sleep/sleeping.


I tried 'in the cot' and 'on the cot'. Neither was accepted. Crib is not a word normally used in English surely!


cot should be accepted - much more common word in English than crib...


In the cradle given wrong.


Sorry I used slept instead of sleeps in the cradle


I wanted to write -- He drinks dreams in the crib.


this is so poetic it really should be correct!


also a wonderful line in spanish: en la cuna el bebé, bebe leche, bebe sueños


I may be used to hearing Latin American Spanish; to me 'bebe' (w/accent) sounded like 'vive.'


I put 'the baby sleeps in the cot' and it was rejected. However 'in the crib' and 'on the cot' are answers. I have reported it (who sleeps 'on' a cot?)


I said 'the baby sleeps in the cot' and got incorrect


I put "The baby sleeps in the cot" but was incorrect and it should be "The baby sleeps on the cot" Why is that wrong?


why can't i say "the baby sleeps in the cot" ??


Got marked incorrect for using "in" the crib rather than "on" the crib. Doh!!!!!!


"the baby sleeps in the cot" this was marked wrong WHY???


if you can say IN the crib Why can't you say in the cot and have to say on.


I'm English, not American so we use "cot". Also, "en" in English means "in" not on. "On" in Spanish is "sobre" or to be more correct "enzima" but en is the correct preposition.

So, when I put "the baby sleeps in the cot" in English this is perfectly correct.


Actually i always use crib instead of cot (which i know )


I can never tell when they are pronouncing a b or a v. "Bebe" sounds like "beve" here.


Bebé en la cuna? Patrick Swayze disapproves.


where else would it sleep


Bienvidos a la cuna?


In Britain no babies sleep in cribs! They sleep in cots!


Finally, a sentence that makes sense.


My bebé hermana slept in until 10 today and it's her BIRTHDAY!!!


I thought it was a really weird sentence, The drink sleeps in the crib.


lol the baby sleeps in a mansion?


We be going to the crib..... Michael Jordan has done it 6 times already


Does bebe means drink ??


I had a technical problem with this one - Duolingo would never leave me enough to time speak more than one word before it started analysis, eventually telling me to move on from this one. Didn't happen with other such exercises. Version 3.43.3 on LG Nexus 5 Android 6.0.1.


la can also mean "a" so........can't there be two answers? I mean....really!? The sentence basically has two answers..am I right?


No. "La" does not mean "a," it only means "the." (or sometimes "it".)


Last time duolingo said i did it wrong because i put the in place of a now following that i got it wrong still. It said that it should be the instead of a so duolingo must be crazy


I thought it said 'he drinks' at firstXD


I cant tell the diffrent between bebe as drink or baby..


One of my choices was "the baby sleeps in the oven"


I almost wrote ALMOST he drinks sleep


can it be cot instead of crib


When you say "El bebé" how would someone know you said that rather than "Él bebe"?

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    An exact description of what my little sister does NOT do.


    literally i spelled baby babie and got it wrong


    "Su chica bebé duerme en mi cuna, entiende hombre?" --A Cholo said to me :(


    19/12/14 - have just been 'allowed' - 'my brother sleeps in the cot' - 'the baby sleeps in the cot' should also be accepted - reported 19/1214


    What is wrong with 'the baby sleeps in the cot'? Reported 25/11/14


    Again, the baby sleeps in the cot should be accepted. Reported 18/12/14

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