"Is your shirt yellow?"
Translation:¿Tu camisa es amarilla?
Which one would be the most appropriate sentence to ask a person? "¿Es amarilla la camisa de usted?" "¿Es tu camisa amarilla?" "¿Tu camisa es amarilla?" All these seem to be accepted..
I also would like to know this..
I put "¿tu camisa es amarilla?", which makes the most logical sense ot my English speaking brain, but then it showed me another answer being...
¿Es amarilla la camisa de ustedes?
and to me that just looks like a mess. that looks to me like it's asking "is the yellow shirt yours?" ... as in, it has been established that the shirt is yellow. Whereas in the question, you're asking ABOUT the color of the shirt. As in, you don't know what the color is and you're trying to find out.
but I know that to say "the yellow shirt" it would have to read "la camisa amarilla". I don't know. the "another answer" just... it just looks so awkward lol
Is this really the correct word order? I guess you should only put the words in this order if you want to emphasize the color..?
I think I understand your confusion now. Ustedes means your (plural, formal). It's like saying to a group of people in a polite way if the shirt (one shirt) in question is theirs. So whether it's just one shirt or many doesn't matter. If you found a shirt and you want to know whose it is, you could ask a group of people.
Duo asks Is your shirt yellow? Question. Duo Answer-Tu camisa es amarilla Answer is a statement Not a question
I thought that possessives have to match:
Your shirt = Tu camisa Your shirts = Tus camisas
Why wouldn't that apply to "Is your shirt yellow?"
The correct answer is ¿Es amarilla la camisa de ustedes?
But shirt is singular and the modifier is plural.
la camisa as used in the example question is singular bro. The shirt. So aside from the "de ustedes" example, tu or su (you(formal)) would be used if you were actually using the possessive. Since this example uses ustedes, if it wasn't written in that awkward "de ustedes" way, it would just be using su.
If it was las camisas then it would be "the shirts" and then it would be tus. But that would still only be for the 2nd person singular (tú) form, whereas this example is using the 3rd person plural of you(formal) form (ustedes). But they're not even using the possessive pronoun in the alternate answer but rather going straight for the "of pronoun" method of describing ownership, so the literal translation is more along the line of "is it yellow? The shirt of y'all(I mean)".
It's still an awkward example though since how often are you going to ask a group of people if this ONE shirt is theirs? lol.
But I think it's more of a question to catch you off guard and make you really think of what's going on in the sentence. To make you realize that "ok, the shirt is singular, not plural. Regardless of the fact that ustedes is plural.
Re: ...catching you off guard...
I think you nailed this one Huck. I got this exercise sentence under the preposition skill set, lesson number 1, which introduces the "de" construction to show possession.
I was getting by with "tu" and "tus" and "su" and "sus" in an effort to avoid using the "de" construction. I finally decided to make the commitment to just learn it. I wish I could say it was easy. But as you pointed out Duo has a few tricks up its sleeve to catch you off guard. In fact Spanish is a heavily inflected language, and it is easy to get sloppy in terms of noun class and number agreement.
Probably because you would use either use Tu camisa or Tus camisas. The number of shirts determines whether or not Tu is singular or plural in form.
yeah, mainly intonation. The way the voice rises at the end of the statement. Also, the structure of the sentences change in the questions. the verb will go before the subject in a question.
What clue is there that we are speaking to a group and hence ustedes is correct? you could easily ask this question to a single individual.
I got it wrong and the correct answer shown said "Tu polo es amarilla?" Must be a feather shirt.
What's the difference between amarillo and amarilla? What makes them different?