"The girls eat breakfast."
Translation:Las niñas desayunan.
Why is it "el desayuno" and is it used in casual conversation (or is it just grammatically correct)? Why wouldn't it be "Las ninas comen desayuno"?
In Spanish we use the article with the meals: "el desayuno", "la cena", etc. If you want a more casual version, you can say: "Las niñas desayunan" or "Las niñas están desayunando" :]
So, in spanish, when you are using the meals as a noun, you have to put the article in front of it, right? Thanks in advance.
so, Las niñas desayunan mean girls eat breakfast? can that also be use in a demanding way?
Yes to your first question, no to the second one. If you want to give an order, you need the imperative form: "Niñas, desayunad"/"Niñas, desayunen" (depending if you use the tú/vosotros or the usted/ustedes form).
so a translation of las niñas están desayunando would be the girls are breakfasting ?
1) "Comen desayuno" is not correct, you need the article.
2) As in English, "los desayunos" = "breakfasts" (plural, then) and as in English, we say "they eat breakfast", not "they eat breakfasts".
Duo has just accepted my "Las chicas comen desayuno" which apparently is incorrect. Guess I should report it. Thanks, Babella.
Why can you not put "Ellas" instead of las ninas? Wouldn't it mean the same thing?
"Desayuno" can be "breakfast" or the first person, singular form of the present time of "desayunar" (to have breakfast). "Desayunan" would be the same time, but second person plural (ustedes desayunan) or third person plural (ellos/ellas desayunan). So the difference is the subject : ]
When I clicked the first word it pulled up "El" so I put El and it was wrong
It sounds like the speaker is pronouncing the word desayuñan for desayunan. Does anyone agree? Are there accents that pronounce it that way? Thank you!
yes, the infinitive form is desayunar. The verb conjugation becomes (yo) desayuno; (Tú) desyaunas, ... (ellos/ellas/Uds.) desayunan. So to use it as a "noun", the article is important.. Hence "el desayuno" is preferred.