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Words review

When I do the flashcards it is giving me different meaning then what the lessons taught. For example, it claims that sal means leave instead of salt and raton means lowly instead of mouse.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Hucklebeary

sal alone means salt but sal alone also means "(you)leave!". It is the imperative (giving an order or telling someone to do something) conjugation of the verb salir which means "to go out; to leave". Salir, in context, can translate to various things relating to those two main meanings such as

  • come out
  • to break out (such as in a rash)
  • to boil or overflow
  • to leak out etc...

It's one of those verbs that, whilst mainly is used for "to leave" or "to go out" can have a bunch of other meanings that don't relate to the "main" definition. Depending on context of course

Like how "eat", in certain contexts in English can mean "to sacrifice"(money) or "to absorb"(money)

  • I ordered 20 boxes of those things and they're just not selling. Looks like I'm gonna have to eat the cost.

or "to fall forcibly into something"

  • dude, don't even try making that jump. It's too far, you're gonna eat it!
  • Hahaha man, I just saw that video of John messing around on his trampoline. You gotta watch it. He totally eats it face first at around the 2 minute mark.

But anyway, sal all by its lonesome doesn't have a different meaning from the original, but it is indeed the imperative form of Salir.

  • ¡sal! - "Leave!"
  • ¡sal aquí! - "get out here!"
  • sal aquí al calle con ellos - "Go out to the street with them"

In all of those cases, you're telling someone to do something. In essence, giving them a command or an instruction by using the imperative.

However, it doesn't seem like you're on to the imperatives yet in your tree since you're only level 9 (I could be mistaken though seeing as how some people blaze right through their trees without doing much repeats or review and thus don't accumulate much EXP) so I would report it as a possible error.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SusanStanko

Yep, you guessed it. I haven't gotten to imperatives yet. Still it is good to know that it isn't completely an error. Just for my level. Thanks!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hucklebeary

de nada :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kristibob

that doesn't sound right, at all. The last time I did the flashcards, it was okay, but, I'll definitely need to watch for stuff like you experienced.

4 years ago