"Ellas no son personas."

Translation:They are not people.

5 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/CseeC
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What are they?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChYrantha
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Tomates

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bartisaron

english speaking horses

2 years ago

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Aliens

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Joost440111
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Probably a cat and a monkey.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WojtekBury

Por supuesto que son osos

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PaulBrosam

Haha, I said the same thing!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/casuallai
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The cranks

1 year ago

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Gente?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IApparentlyExist

Government lizards

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MehmetAlican
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are 'personas' and 'gente' indicate the same 'people'?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pixielia

In general, yes. But certain situations call for a more personal use. Per se if a politician were to speak about a demographic they'd say "personas" but if your mom was saying that your sister is a person she'd say "ella es una gente tambien". It just depends. You won't get reprimanded for using either, it just sounds weird to certain ears.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/betsy.monson1

When would you use this phrase? Shouldn't it translate to "They are not women" because it is all feminine. I understand that persona= person and personas=people...but I do not understand why someone would say "They are not people" in a feminine format..

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TezraM

Persona is always feminine.

Ella es una persona.
Él es una persona.

Perhaps there is a group of women, and you discover they are robots. Austin Powers says, "¡Ellas no son personas!"

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rocko2012
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In science fiction or in disgust at "man's inhumanity to man"

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PitchPine1

It's not just about understanding. It is also about imagination. Maybe those aren't people--they're just mannequins, they are aliens, they are avatars.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DonCarlosPeligro

Didn't Will Smith say it in the movie Independence Day?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/QuinnMoore
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Maybe when talking about cows: Son vacas: ellas no son personas..... Mayhaps.....

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/k.hart_sr

'Ellas' is used because everyone included in 'they' is a female. Had the been all male or a mixed group they would have been 'ellos.' And still to say someone or people are not people is a different (harsher) meaning than to say they are not a certain gender. Had these ladies not been women: Ellas no son mujeres.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PitchPine1

There's no way to judge the harshness without context.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pixielia

Femeninity of a noun (non pronoun) implies the gender of the noun. They are not women (ellas no son mujeres) implies more than personas in this situation. And you are questioning the person's gender itself with that sentence anyways.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MattPotter4
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Racism? Betsy, you raise a great point. In English you and you audience can "not care" about the gender of a noun. In Spanish you must specify it even if you just decide to use the (male)default such as in "esto" This (unspecified object, male by default). So when the grammar forces you to recognize the group as feminine it is not saying anything (necessarily) about the following noun except the grammar should match. Ella es ama de casa, él es amo de casa (housewife/ househusband). Ellas no son niños, ellos no son niñas--does not match (in support of the statement)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JPhurst

Is there any difference between using the terms "persons" and "people" as there is in English?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/k.hart_sr

Slight. Persons is a bit more specific (and countable) and refers to those the speaker kind of already has in mind. People is more of a general like (undifferentiated) group. Example: undecided persons at the rally vs. the German people. This is at least my understanding of it, but ultimately you will be understood using either one.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hkalagana

Ellas no son personas. Ellas on extraterrestres, pero extraterresstres tienen género????

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/danielrentel

oh no... inhuman beings taking over the multiverse again...

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VinsonC
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¿Entones qué son ellas?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nfeliccia

are we not men? we are devo

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Reyes_E
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Wouldn't it make more sense if it went like this: Ellos no son personas?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jaymac90

Ellas leche de gatas.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Thebord1

Confused about this sentence

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tylrros
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Duo Lingo is getting super misogynistic saying women aren't people.

2 years ago

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DUN DUN DUN...

2 years ago

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Son corporaciones

1 year ago

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Gente?

1 year ago

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that's what she said

1 year ago

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Rude

1 year ago

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Rttt

9 months ago
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