Translation:The grandmother says that you are never going to return.
I'm getting sick of having to repeat entire lessons for using UK / Spain vocab. In this particular case I think the word "granny" should be just as appropriate as "grandma" for the word "abuela"
So you think because you call your Grandmother "granny" the definition of abuela should change. I may call my wife "my main squeeze" but I don't think that the entire dictionary should change esposa.. BTW "I_ am_ banana: I follow your posts and you have taught me a bunch. I love the fact that we can help each other learn. That's what sets DL apart from the rest
I have to be mostly in agreement with this assessment. Abuela is the proper word for grandmother. Abuelita is a nickname, like Granny. Personally, I find I learn the most when I am marked wrong!
No. granny is a nickname just like the word grammy. Duo never uses Spanish slang.
Does the definite article "the" before grandmother sound weird here to anyone else?
Why is nunca placed at the end here? Doesn't it usually go before the verb?
According to my handy-dandy Spanish grammar, there are two ways to negate the verb using "nunca". One is by placing a "no" before the verb, with "nunca" at the end of the clause: "no vas a regresar nunca."
The other just puts "nunca" before the verb: "nunca vas a regresar." Other words that act this way are: nadie (no one), nada (nothing) ninguno (none), and jamás (never).
I'm going to guess that the two-negatives version is for emphasis, as scottann says.
So, having read the comments up to here, I have two questions: 1. Is "the grandmother" a respectful way to generically refer to an old lady? ("old lady" was given as a translation in the hover) 2. Is there some reason why regresar is used here instead of volver?
No, calling an old lady "abuela" if she is not your grandmother can actually be offensive. When you say "La abuela" in most cases you refer to your own grandmother unless it's stated otherwise as in "La abuela de Pedro dice..." and no, there is no reason for "regresar" instead of "volver", they are completely interchangeable here.
I got this right, but a word for word translation seems to be a double negative, "not going to return never."
Absolutely, you are right Jerad! This is one of those differences between Spanish and English that one just must accept and adapt to.
There have been a number of exercises in which "nunca" was not a double negative.
i agree, DL has used "nunca" WITHOUT using "no" to mean this kind of thing ( somethig never happens) so I am confused also - I think when "nunca" was used without "no" it came before the verb i.e. "..que nunca vas a regresar" so maybe that is why??
You are right. I translated it to grandmother says that you are not ever going to return, thus leaving out a double negative.
In English you would say "not going to return ever" to avoid the double negative.
How do we know whose grandmother it is? In any case "the grandmother" no me gusta.
Are grandmothers treated (grammatically) like body parts? It's hard to imagine that "The grandmother..." faithfully conveys the sense of the Spanish; should it be "your grandmother says..." drawing the possessive from the "vas"? It is hardly polite to refer to the elderly lady who has expressed her fears as "the grandmother" , still less "the old gimmer" as they might here in Norfolk (UK).
When you say "La abuela" you normally refer to your own grandmother, you can just say "Abuela dice que no vas a regresar nunca." and it's perfectly ok too.
what is wrong with, "the grandmother says that you will not return ever." It was marked wrong, and gave a translation it instead of you. I don't see how you get it from the informal you "vas".
You are absolutely correct. I will report it just in case you didn't (12 Jan 2014)
They counted me wrong for not putting the in front of grandmother when in English you would definitely not say the grandmother
"the grandmother says that you are not returning ever" this is by no means elegant English, but does it not mean the same thing? It was marked wrong.
I put, "The grandmother says that you are never coming back." And it marked me back, saying it should be, "The grandmother says that you'll never come back." Why did it mark me wrong?! It is the same thing!