"Ellos no son mis verdaderos padres."

Translation:They are not my real parents.

5 years ago

70 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/QuintanillaJon

This is Duolingo's way of saying you're adopted.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/m.tastic
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Adoptive parents are real parents. Birth parents is the term you're looking for. Parenthood isn't about who gave birth to you. It's a responsibility.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StarlitTardis

Thank you. It breaks my heart that adoptive families are considered 'less real' and often inferior to biological ones. Partly because I intend to adopt, and partly because my bio relatives definitely aren't real family to me. To me, 'real family' refers to the people who are there for you in life, not just the ones who are mostly closely related to you.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JGarrick62

If so, they're angered adoptive parents everywhere. "Real parents" and "real children" are generally considered fighting words among adoptive families.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/joehhendrickson

I don't believe so. I believe it us like the dl sentence: "the doctors read green books." They are just trying to come up with sentences that use words we have, and they often sound a bit off.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jmrousey

Why does real not come after parents like other adjectives? "Ellos no son mis padres verdaderos." ???? hmmmm...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mitrikyle

It gives it a more subjective meaning. Before the noun it's like a more emotional way to say it and suggests that the person is maybe angry at their parents. "They aren't my REAL parents". After the noun it'd just be stating a fact. "They aren't my biological parents".

http://spanish.about.com/cs/grammar/a/whereadjective.htm

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cooldharma

Same question. Anybody?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AshleyBlackwood

Occasionally it happens for emphasis. Un buen día, un gran fiesta, la tercera premio.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lepowsky

This should also work as "they are not my true parents"

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/droma
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"true" has been accepted.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Michaelgeater

Just for fun I wrote "they are not my real dads" and I got it wrong, but duo said that I should have written "they are not my real dad", what's that all about? padres is plural

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mexicanfoodfreak

I find duolingo sometimes provides nonsensical correct answers in response to incorrect answers. When this happens, the correct answer is usually displayed on the discussion page.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LauCo4
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They are not my real dads should be accepted. It is gramatically correct. You can always propose new solutions.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/yamanish

Is this colloquial in Spanish for biological parents? It's insensitive in English, but how would a Spanish speaker hear it?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/realitant
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I'm pretty sure it's insensitive in Spanish as well. Just to be safe, I'd use padres biológicos/adoptivos

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StarlitTardis

Thank you for providing those alternatives! It's useful to know what the Spanish versions of those words are.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/takyon42

I agree. They are not my true parents and They are not my real parents = same thing

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/daniel.lea5

Very happy Duolingo accepted "They are not my real fathers"

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MeaganDickey

DL slams the door to their room

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hoja.de.Arce
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What an insensitive thing to say!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sharon_Kay

Sigh . . . so numeroso, multiples, and verdadero go before the noun? Is there some sort of rule? Or are they just exceptions?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tom873317
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It is frustrating, but I think you just learn the exceptions. After a 78 day steak, is it any easier?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tu_madre_vic

It seems to me that an adjective that has to do with quantity/numbers is supposed to be in front of the noun. Muchos libros, cuantos libros, dos libros, numerosos libros, multiples libros, tantos libros... Yup, that seems to be the case. As for other adjectives like verdadero, it seems that meaning changes depending on where you put the adjective,

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KickyKat
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I am an adoptive parent and I find this phrase offensive. It sounds like something from the unenlightened 1950's. In today's society, it is as offensive and unacceptable as a racist or sexist remark. If referring to birth parents, then the terms birth parents or biological parents should be used, not real parents.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/birnard

Personally I do not think duolingo means offense, and either do most people who use that phrase. That said, as an adopted son, it does pluck my nerves. Usually I kindly jump in and say a real parent raises a child, and the word they were looking for was biological parents. Its good to point out the error, but I find I get more receptive audience if I don't get angry/accusatory.

Most people just don't think of adoption as a common occurrence. Once back in high-school a classmate refused to believe me that I was adopted so I just brought in the adoption cert and showed her.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/silverthornfire
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Same here even with the taking the adoption certificate to school :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ShaeWoods
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To be fair, Duo could be talking about anyone. It could be an adopted child talking about their biological parents. "They aren't my real parents; they didn't raise me." It could be someone you call Mom and Dad. They're actually your friend's parents, not yours.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rogercchristie
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I agree that it can be upsetting, but it is the way many people speak. Of course in face-to-face conversation the words are supplemented by facial expressions and body language that, hopefully, will indicate that no offense was intended.

In this case I do feel obliged to defend the authors of these exercises. I want to learn and understand the real and true Spanish (which in my case will never be real and true simply because I am adopting it as a second language).

And, when I visit Spain, if someone is intentionally being offensive (or racist or sexist) I need to be sure I have understood before I fly off the handle!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KickyKat
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Hi Roger, You have good points about body language and how some people speak in real life. My purpose was to try to raise awareness by letting Duolingo know that their sentence is outdated and offensive if the context is talking about adoptive parents. Of course with Duolingo there is often confusion because we don't know the context of their sentences. I just can't imagine any circumstance in which someone would say this phrase, other than a non-adopted person making up a sentence they imagine might be spoken by an adopted person. I don't want to hijack the thread and make it about adoption. I hope the Duolingo course makers read this and make a change. Thanks.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MotherBatch

I agree that true works

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/brianvet

I agree, true is equally correct and you've broken one of my hearts by not accepting it.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/barnsy

It works now

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Audrey5775

Accepted

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/healthnut

TRue should work

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rebotica

Also, "They are not truthfully my parents". Are you willing us to fail?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/neiht20
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"Truthfully" would not work here, since it is an adverb, while verdadero is an adjective. However, "true" or "real" would work.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nihowdy

To be quite honest, DL shouldn't reject 'They are not my real dads' and put 'they are not my real dad' as a correct answer. I understand I had a lapse in judgment that padres = parents but then don't say 'they ... dad' ugh ///frustration

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ColinW2

Why is "they are not really my parents" wrong? If verdaderos were at the end of the sentence I would be able to understand "they are not my real parents".

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/neiht20
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"Really" is an adverb, which could be translated as "de verdad, realmente, or muy" depending on context/preference. "Verdadero" is an adjective and therefore must be translated as an adjective in English. In this case, either "real or true" would work. Adjectives CAN come before the nouns in Spanish (http://spanish.about.com/cs/grammar/a/whereadjective.htm). Doing that I believe can alter the meaning a bit, but it still would translate as an adjective, that wouldn't change.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KBHconnects
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I answered "they are not my actual parents," but by the comments I guess I'm the only one who used "actual" as another synonym for "true."

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissiKat75

Back to the broken home again. Just goes along with Duolingos 'my mother rejected me.'

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/geneven
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Some of these lines recently seem like soap opera lines.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lifeseyephoto

So, can you use verdaderos for anything?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/frn_8
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Not a coincidence that all soap operas I used to watch as a kid were mexican/spanish.

Such an overused phrase there haha.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/P_Marija

Kassandra, is that you?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/raiderbreh

couldn't you just say " ellos no son mis padres real" putting verdaderos infront of padres is soooo confusing

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/neiht20
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You would have to say "reales", but yes I would think you could use "real" instead of "verdadero".

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rogue1717

Shots fired..

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aavaldivia

You're not my daaad

2 years ago

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    anyone watch coraline?

    2 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/spanish.waffles

    When to use "verdadero" and "real"

    2 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/JoMoai
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    WOA

    2 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/CScubing
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    Tu no son mi verdadero padre.

    2 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Hugo420

    hmmmm sad

    2 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/GraceHilto2

    They are synthetics

    2 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/NestorFran17

    Why is it not the same as "They are not my biological parents"? If anything I'm more correct than the Duolingo translation, because as others have mentioned adoptive parents are in fact real parents. And my translation captures the intended meaning of the sentence.

    2 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/rogercchristie
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    There is a Spanish term "padres biológicos".

    2 years ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/rogercchristie
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    Anyway, adoption was only an assumption in the comments. The sentence provided by DL leaves it entirely to our own interpretation.

    1 day ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/annalovesgym

    This offends me because my mother was adopted and she loves her parents and I believe that my grandparents are just as good as "real parents".

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/washingd1

    I said that to my parents when I was younger. About 60 years ago. I had to go to my room.

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/yuridado

    i thought true was cierto ?

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Ian866281

    All that aside, how can 'They are not my real fathers' be acceptable? How many 'real' fathers can one have? If we're talking about biological fathers, only one. If adoptive fathers, still only one. (Well, two or three would be possible, but unlikely.)

    11 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/realitant
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    You could be referring to both an adoptive and biological father at the same time

    5 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/EstelleLappen0

    Estelle0 When there is an obvious typo, sometimes it's recognized and credit given; other times it says "you used the wrong word". in this case I typed "the" instead of "they" (have mentioned before that if have deformed index fingers due to arthritis. Sometimes I catch it and correct it; other times if I'm in a hurry, I don't re-read my answers.

    9 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/mexicanfoodfreak

    Luke, ellos no fueron tus verdaderos padres. Yo soy tu verdadero padre.

    8 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Kosmokrator

    Kidnapping alert?

    3 months ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/ArunavaC

    Does Spanish not have a neutral word for parents?

    1 month ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/rogercchristie
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    Surely "padres" is the neutral word for parents. It refers to all parents. Shouldn't the question be: "mothers have their own word in Spanish, so why don't fathers?"

    1 day ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Grant12223

    Liakada316, Thank you for saying that. IMHO, people need to lay off criticizing others at every step for not being what they see as PC.

    1 month ago
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