https://www.duolingo.com/Marisa

Is "bola" masculine or feminine?

If "bola" is feminine, why is it also correct to say "Esto es una bola" as in the example below. I was marked incorrect for only choosing number 1 as the correct translation.

This is a ball. 1Esta es una bola. 2Esto es una bola. 3Esa es una bola. Oops, that’s wrong. Correct translations: Esta es una bola. Esto es una bola. You missed 1 correct translation!

April 21, 2012

3 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/ikey

No, 'esto' and 'esta' are not similar, 'este' and 'esta' are similar. Esto is a pronoun used to talk about something conceptual, 'este' and 'esta' are used to refer to a specific thing. For example:

esta comida es buena. este coche es rápido. Hay mucha violencia en el mundo, esto no me gusta.

April 22, 2012

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I can't really give you an explanation. I just wanted to note that both forms seem to be commonly used. A google search for 'esto es una bola' gives me about the same number of results as 'esta es una bola'.

April 21, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/ikey

"esto" differs from "esta" in that it means "this" not "this one" which is este/esta. This being the case "esto" is equally correct

April 21, 2012
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