"May and June are months of the year."
Translation:Mayo y junio son meses del año.
Why "e"? In order to use "e" instead of "y", the word that follows must begin with an "ee" sounds (padre e hijo ('ee-ho')), junio begins with a "hoo" sound, not an "ee" sound and so the "y" doesn't need to change.
The names of the months never have articles in front of them, "El junio" is incorrect, unless you say "El mes de Junio" for example. Just like in English "The June" would be incorrect, but "the month of June" would be correct.
I would love to know that as well. Sometimes it seems to be required, sometimes forbidden.
I did that too and of course got marked wrong. I am pretty sure it is because when you have 'el' in front you are speaking of one month in particular and when it is just mayo y junio it is in general.
The popup said i should use "es" for the word "are". But that was wrong because "son" is the right answer...
My small Spanish-English dictionary lists ten different and distinct meanings of "be" in Spanish. How can we make such fine distinctions without some structure. We need a lesson(s) about this early on.
I might be able to help a bit. So, you know how in English, we say "I am", "You are", "He/she is", "We are", and "They are"? It would sound to say "I is happy." or "We is stupid.".
Spanish is similar. It goes like this: Yo soy Tú eres Él/ella/Ud es Nosotros somos Vosotros soís Ellos/Ellas/Uds son
This idea of changing a verb to match it's subject is called "Conjugation", and every verb does this. Even English does this for other verbs, to a lesser extent. See: I run You run He runs. Note the "s" We run They run.
It would sound completely wrong to say "I runs to the store", or "He eat the bread".
In Spanish: Yo hablo Tú hablas Él/ella/Ud habla Nosotros hablamos Vosotros habláis Ellos/ellas/Uds hablan
I hope this helped a bit!
del = de el, which is masculine. So if it's "of the boy thing", use "del". If it is "of the girl thing" use "de la". Since año is a boy thing, it is "del año".
Because the "los" isn't needed, there is no "the" in the English version and the Spanish version does need it either in this case.
Why must we avoid using el in front of the months? In my experience it's perfectly acceptable and natural.