I just tried using "matter" as a test. It dinged out.
Now, while in my mind "matter" is certainly a valid translation of the idea of counting, I will not be reporting that my answer should have been accepted.
Many times there can be many different ways to say something in English. Duolingo is just meaning to bring us to understand basic ideas, and it is up to us to consider the various ways English could be used in place of the answers Duolingo provides.
Hi EugeneTiffany: I still remember your advice...to not go so fast and make a few mistakes to practice. Now when I make a mistake, it's easier on my because I think I can practice that sentence again, and remember it longer. I like the WordReference dictionary also loaded when I get into a session here because then I look up a verb and see what other ones are like it....and learn new verbs that way. The sentences WordReference really help and I wish I could spend MORE time tho I spend a lot doing duo. Thanks for your advice. Are you writing?
I don't think your reasoning is foolproof. "The stopwatch counts" does not mean "the stopwatch is valued."
Even if having no (explicit) object necessitated another meaning (rather than counting numbers or seconds or something), we don't know for sure that it should be the same second meaning in Spanish as we would think of in English. And even if it did, there are other possibilities. "The baseball bounced off of the foul-fair stick and then was caught. Is that an out?" The response would be "Yes, it counts." or "No, it doesn't count."
Finally, a look at wordreference.com shows no such meaning for the contar: http://www.wordreference.com/es/en/translation.asp?spen=contar
Word Reference is amazing...and says that contar means in order: to tell, narrate (narrar), relate as vtr; count vi (as in numbers); and shows many uses.. Examples: contar con: rely on (disponer de), anticipate, expect, consider (considerer), trust...and it's part of many listed phrases. Most have sentences to show the use and usually an English translation. Also a link to the full conjugation. Any word in a definition can be clicked as a link to that study of that word. Synonyms in Spanish are given...and lots of the verb forms conjugated like it . You probably have discovered it by now but for others...
It is right, actually. ¡Cuéntalo a Duo! http://www.wordreference.com/es/en/translation.asp?spen=contar
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think it would be tu cuenta if it meant "you do the counting" because it would be the imperative tense. http://spanish.about.com/library/verbs/blcontar.htm
I could be wrong, but I believe that "you do count" was not accepted because Spanish does not use "do" as a helping verb unless the verb is being negated, as in "No hablo Francesa" (I do not speak French). The only Spanish word for "to do" is "hacer," which is translated to English as "to do" or "to make." Hacer is not used as a helping verb. Rather, it is used as a main verb, as in "She makes her bed and does the dishes every day" (Ella hace su cama y los platos cada día).
Marla, I got an answer already from the forum: Lyrica_Soundbite - Senior Member - Join Date: Feb 2008 - Native language: Argentina, español - Posts: 160 - He escuchado en películas y series dobladas en México que dicen "¡Tú la traes!". En Argentina creo que es el juego de la mancha. De niños siempre decíamos "¡Mancha!" al tocar a alguien.
Try not to think of plural in the sense of just adding an S. In Spanish, verb conjugation matches the Subject of the sentence. Since You / Tú is singular (one person), the verb is the second person singular conjugation. Plurality in the sense of adding an S is for nouns or adjectives in Spanish.
cuenta is bill, account, etc. tú cuentas, "your bills/accounts". how do we know when to use nouns and when to use verbs. Also how are we to know this comes from the verb contar. to clarify "tú cuentas del uno al diez". also why would this ever be considered "matter or you matter"?
Yes, but in order to use it that way, one must use the preposition 'con', not 'en'. Now, I didn't know the answer so I looked it up. http://www.spanishdict.com/translate/to%20count%20on
I have learned that sometimes we have to memorize the preposition with the verb to get the meaning.
'contar con' is also used the same with 'count on your fingers'.