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"They are your boots."

5 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/psychofreak

Why can't we write "son sus botas"?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarkToole
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I also had this, and it should be correct unless I am missing something

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/john_wan

Su should be correct. it could mean your (formal) or your (plural). obviously in English there is no distinction.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/frostyjbm19

all i can think of is they wanted a singular ownership. your boots not you all's boots... though it can be interpreted both ways

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https://www.duolingo.com/Belboz99
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The hint for the first word donesn't show "Son" as an option, only Ellos and Ellas. I defaulted to think "Ellos son botas", even without first looking at the hints, how is this wrong?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mexicanfoodfreak

Ellos son botas = They are boots. You left out the "tus" = "your." Then there are posts about whether "ellos" can properly be used to refer to boots.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jsawyers

why do you not say 'Ellos' son... for 'they' are?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rocko2012
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"Son" is the conjugation of "ellas/ellos/ustedes" and the verb "ser". So if you already know from the conversation which is meant then "son" alone is enough. "Ustedes" makes no sense here and it is not really important to communicate the gender of the boots here. You could though but I think it requires "ellas" since "botas" is feminine. I'm not sure on that though I have no memory of using "ellos/ellas" for inanimate objects.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jsawyers

Many thanks Rocko and Marvy - that is really helpful and very much appreciated. :-)

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Comoestausted

So "son sus botas" can mean "they are your boots"? And this could be the polite/formal referring to just one "you"?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lucy143247

Why can't it be "ellos son tus botas"?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dkat
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why is "ellos son sus botas" wrong?

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https://www.duolingo.com/letter_s
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Botas is feminine so shouldn't "Ellas son tus botas" should be given as an acceptable answer also?

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https://www.duolingo.com/BLPK
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I think they already answered this above. I had the same question and it seems ellas is wrong for inanimate objects so "son" alone suffices.

5 years ago