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"The horse drinks water."

Translation:El caballo bebe agua.

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5 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Pollylop
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What if it is a female horse? Like in English, it is Mare, Dam etc. As for Spanish, is it supposed to be just 'El caballo'?

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rewm
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mare=la yegua, dictionary says. But it's not the right translation of caballo here of course

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/crowflys

Example that might help: The horse is a mare.: "El caballo es una yegua." Also, I think that "un potro" means a foal or a colt, and a "una potra" is a filly, so: "El caballo es un potro." should translate to, "The horse is a foal, or colt." and "El caballo es una potra." should translate to: "The horse is a filly."

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/olivia.hus

What does toma mean? And why didn't it except "El caballo bebe agua"

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rewm
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tomar=take

"El caballo bebe agua" is accepted, so you must have written something else.

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/333jpw555

I also wrote "El caballo bebe agua" and was told the answer was "El caballo toma agua." That is the first time I've heard the word "toma." ???

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nikkijs2014

Me too...

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PescadoSupreme

I think it's because different countries have different Spanish. For example in Honduras, the word "straw" is something like "pajia" but in mexico It's not (or so i think) the same thing happens with "toma"

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RebeccaTor7

Toma is the usted form of tomar, which means to take but can also mean to drink

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/maddieston1

toma can mean to drink also :)

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Phrontistery
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toma= take/takes in
AND bebe= drinks "Él bebe agua." = He drinks water. And when you say "Él toma agua." It is as if you are shortening the sentence: He takes water...He takes a glass of water. You don't need to say how he takes the water, from a glass or straight from the river, content implies it.

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/siebolt
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Every noun has a gender, either masculine with the article "el" or feminine with the article "la". "Caballo" is masculine >> el caballo; "mujer" is feminine >>> la mujer.

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Reply5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mbourgon

Why can cat go both ways, e.g., la gata, and el gato. But horse is only el caballo, why now la caballa also.

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Reply5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rewm
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just because :) Like in English giraffe or elephant can be used for both, but bull/cow or cock/hen MUST have defined gender.

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/michaelgol8

Why not "la agua"?

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Phrontistery
Phrontistery
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Water, in Spanish, has a masculine gender; it is el agua. Anyway, the sentence asks you to translate "The horse drinks water." It does not ask you to translate "The horse drinks the water."

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LiLNoelle

I was asked this question, and I typed in "La caballo bebe agua," and it said I got it wrong! But I'm so confused that it has to be "El caballo bebe agua" instead. Can anyone explain why it has to be that?

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Reply5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Leo-khan

Caballo is masculine not feminine so we have to have use el

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EpicLuigi

la goes with any spanish word that includes females, el goes with any spanish word that includes males.

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fredrechid00

I put Tomas instead of toma...

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Reply5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KimKimmerie

I said " El caballo bebidas agua." Doesn't bebidas = drinks? It wasn't singular.

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Phrontistery
Phrontistery
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I'm sure Kim already "got it!" because she wrote her comment two years ago, but in case someone else wants to know: In English, you have the noun "drinks" (meaning, soda pop, juice, mixed drinks, etc.) and then you have the verb "drinks" (meaning the action of taking in a liquid; he/she/it drinks) and they are both spelled the same way "drinks." In Spanish, you have the same thing, BUT they are both spelled differently: "bebe" which means "drinks" as in the verb (he/she/it drinks) and "bebidas" which means the noun "drinks" (soda pop, juice, mixed drinks, etc.). Then there are the conjugations of the verb (I drink, you drink, they drink, etc.) in Spanish and they, too are spelled differently...ooh, mi cabeza me duele!

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AndroGnome

I got it wrong becuase I put "el agua". Is that really incorrect?

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Phrontistery
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The sentence was: The horse drinks water NOT the horse drinks THE water.

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Johnnyboy730

Being off by one letter when its clearly the touch screens fault shouldn't count against you.

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pittaldora

When bebe and when beben

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RebeccaTor7

Bebe is for he/she/it (usted) and beben is for they (ustedes)

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Phrontistery
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"Él/ella bebe." (He/it/she drinks). "Ellos/ellas beben" (They drink). Also: Esos/esas meaning those/these. Example: Esos caballos beben.

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MayurSuman

How to identify masculine and feminine..in a sentense/word

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/the21savage

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PescadoSupreme

I can never remember when to put an "s" at the end of a verb like "comes" or "bebes".

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/crowflys

"El caballo bebe agua." is not a place.

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Reply1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/samira442847

What's wrong with El caballo esta tomando aqua?

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Reply1 year ago