"She is not tall."
Translation:Ella no es alta.
The use of "alta" rather than "alto" suggests that the object is feminine, so she is likely. The Spanish don't differentiate between 'she' and 'it' so yes, 'it' is possible if the object is feminine, e.g. "la mesa no es alta" Without context you can't tell one way or the other!
@LewisH65 - re: masculine and feminine nouns and pronouns
Hola LewisH65. I know what you mean. The problem is with the idea that the thing you're talking about is somehow "male" or "female".
The masculine and feminine thing works when you're talking about something that actually is a particular gender which you happen to know.
But the whole thing falls apart when you're talking about some inanimate thing or abstract idea.
How are you suppose to associate that kind of stuff with a biological referent?
So don't think about it like that at all. It will drive you nut. Trying thinking about it this way instead;
Different languages around the world break nouns (and their pronouns) into groups or "classes".
You can basically divide Spanish nouns into two "noun classes";
Those that end in the letter "o" and sound cool with "un" and "el".
And the other group...
Those that end in the letter "a" and sound cool with "una" and "la".
Now give these two "noun classes" their own arbitrary names like;
Group A and Group B.
Or Apple words and PC words.
Or Coke words and Pepsi words.
Or masculine noun class words and feminine noun class words.
The rules about which nouns go in which class are obviously more involved than just ending in "o" or "a"... but not by much.
For a better explanation, try searching "noun class" in Wikipedia. Hope that helps.
As well as the ending in "o" or "a", there are the nouns which belong to "lorens" - masculine and the nouns which belong to "dazcion" - feminine. However, there are many exceptions.
moreover, the point made by AlwynM suggests having ella delivers 100% of the meaning but not the "right" answer.
I think that in these such instances they should only have one correct answer unless it is saying both feminine and masculine, the "It" referring to a male/woman/it/you-formal is too confusing at least for me. I get a lot of the things when I see they are wrong but this and the article before the day of the week but only on occasions is a little hard to grasp without the twists and turns in it.
Impossible. Like when "su" is used. That automatically allows for four differrnt answers due a necessary lack of known context. And with many sentences there can be various ways to say something, both in English and in Spanish.
@DouglasTho - ...one correct answer...
Hola DouglasTho. I have to agree with E.T.
A Spanish sentence can be ambiguous or precise to any degree (just like in English).
And Duo as a practice tool gives me the opportunity to try different combinations of words that express different ideas.
There is no contextual reference in any of Duolingo's exercises. Therefore, no one answer can be any more grammatically correct than any other equally grammatically correct answer.
More Answers = More Better Practice
Loosen up and have fun with it. :)
The sentence specifically says "She" is not tall. To say, "is not tall (feminine)", is saying the thought in an imprecise manner. The subject "she" is implied, but not expressed. We do the same in English. For example everyone understands the sentence, "Don't touch me." Again the subject "you" is implied although unspoken and the sentence is imprecise, but perfectly understood. At least in Spanish we know whether the object is feminine or masculine by the word ending.
As a counterpoint, Spanish speakers can phrase things to be ambiguous or precise to any arbitrary degree just like English speakers.
Ella no es alta means: she is not tall. So what is wrong about it? Give me my points back!
So... How is "No es alta" correct as well as "ella no es alta"? Couldn't that be talking about la mesa, for example? Officially confused! :)
yes. It could be talking about a table or any other female gender object. But it could also be referring to a woman/girl etc.
I am dutch so now and than I am confused and make a mistake.But I am learning Spanish and English this way!!