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"El jueves estuve comiendo carne de res."

Translation:I was eating beef on Thursday.

5 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Dr-Pen
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I used "steak" and it was rejected. I though steak was cow meat, what's going on?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JGarrick62

A steak isn't necessarily beef. It's a cut of meat prepared by frying, grilling, broiling, etc. It could be beef, pork, veal, etc., even fish.

4 years ago

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Thanks for the clarification.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alcsteed

Steak is too specific. Beef (cow meat) would also include ribs, hamburger meat, liver, etc.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/blackbirdfly

cow's meat , whats wrong ?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/undeadgoat
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In English, we usually use different words to refer to a living animal as opposed to that same animal as food. A cow is an animal, beef is food. A pig is an animal, pork is food. You would be understood but it's not really correct.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/severalbees

This all has to do with the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 and the fact that Anglo-Saxon (Old English) was relegated to a second-class status and Norman French became the language of government, trade, and society.

Normans didn't interact with the animals (just the meat) as much as the working classes, like farmers, tradespeople, etc. (who were native Anglo-Saxon speakers) did, and so the Norman words (poultry, beef, pork, etc) have persisted as the terms for the flesh of the animals, while the Anglo-Saxon words (hen, cow, swine) became the names of the animals.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JGarrick62

I never knew this. It's good info, and shows how studying the history of a language can inform a study of the people who speak it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/thewizman
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odd

4 years ago