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"Usted piensa que yo la quiero." translates into "You think that I love her." where does the "her" come from? My translation "you think i want that" Does any one get this?

6 years ago


If you're talking to your girlfriend (I don't know why you would use "usted" for her, but...) it could translate to "You think that I love you." The "la" in the sentence gives the "her". It is a direct object pronoun. For your girlfriend (or a girl saying this to a boyfriend) you would probably say "TĂș piensas que yo te quiero." Your translation "you think that I want that" is also correct. The intended meaning can only be determined by context or by asking the original speaker.

6 years ago

If the sentence translates in to English as "You think that I love her" then "her" is not where usted came from. The sentence lacks a lot of context, and I can only hope it was in one of the articles we are meant to translate, not in the lessons.

6 years ago

Like Freddyboy said, it depends on context. In "la quiero", "la" is the direct object (feminine) pronoun. It could mean 'you think that I love you" if the speaker were speaking TO a woman (although as noted above, its a bit formal). It could mean "You think that I love (or want) her, if the speaker was speaking to someone else about another girl or woman. I could also mean You think I want IT (referring to a feminine object). I think "you think I want that" would translate to something like "Usted piensa que yo quiero ese/a/o" (although I'm not sure- The various endings of este and ese still confuse me)

6 years ago

the question is in Verb-present 2 and yes they give the sentence for us to translate. still confused but thanks guyz

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The anser to your question is that the "her" part is the "la" in the sentence. "La" is a pronoun here, not an article. It can be confusing as they are the same but this is true in most (all?) romance languages. Hope this helps.

6 years ago
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