"He eats an apple."
Translation:Él se come una manzana.
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I'm re-learning Spanish, haven't taken it since middle school. I'm pretty sure it's "una" insted of "un" because of the spelling of said object. Manzana is feminine because of the "anA" at the end of it. For instance, if the word "perro", which is "dog", the word form "un" would be used. I only use "perro" because right now it's the only masuline noun I can think of. Hope this helps.
I'm from the South, so I kind of see it as when people say something like "He eats him an apple." Exact same meaning, but different ways to say it. But I'm also looking for a fluent speaker's answer, so take this with a grain of salt.
Would be awesome to make accent-checking optional. Not all of us have keyboards with accents readily available.
Well.... Accents are an important part of the spelling. It's the difference between año and ano after all! It DOES make a difference!
This link may teach you how to type them. http://www.spanishdict.com/answers/100808/how-to-type-spanish-letters-and-accents-#.U9iGFkjqJWk
At the bottom of my practice screen a little box shows for the specially marked letters with each item needing a typed response in Spanish both capitol and for lower case. I found it very helpful. I just click on the letter that requires the mark and then fill in the rest.
The accents are available at the bottom of the text entry field. Also, if you have a mac, you can access accents by holding down certain keys like "e" and "n." I don't know if this is possible on a PC though.
I agree. I'm using an Android phone and I can't put the accents over the words.
I use my Android app too! To get certain characters like that, just hold down the general letter key of what you want. Above it, different types of that letter will appear. It's possible with: é, ú, í, ó, á, and ñ. You also have other types of these letters. These are only examples. And I'm texting this on my Android too right now!...I am a beginner in Duolingo and joined just a few days ago, but in school I'm in Spanish 2 and rated top of my class of Spanish 1 last year. We also do French, so after completing Spanish, maybe I'll start French! Happy Duoing!
I'm using GO keyboard, which supports many different languages. On the Spanish keyboard it has a seperate ñ key, and accents are easy to use.
What is the difference between "Él se come una manzana" and "Él come una manzana" ? This question has been asked several times in the comments below, but it has not received any attempts at an answer.
"El nino se come una manzana" is "The boy eats himself an apple and "El nino come una manaza" is simply, "The boy eats an apple". "Se" is a reflexive pronoun of comerse "to eat up".
Remember that often in Spanish "Se" is used as a reflexive and has similar usage to reflexive pronoun "one" as in "oneself".
For an example, "One can use the bikes that are over there." - "Se puede usar las bicicletas que estan alli"
I'm not a native speaker, but this is what I have learned. Hopefully this can help others.
I understand that 'se' can be used with reflexive verbs - as in when the subject is also the direct object (i.e. if the verb were being performed on oneself), but I am confused about why 'se' would need to be used when the direct object is stated (i.e. 'la manzana') and the verb is not typically reflexive (i.e. 'come' is confusing to look at as a reflexive verb, because one cannot generally eat something on behalf of or for someone else, so the verb 'comer' seems to imply it that 'he' is eating 'una manzana' for his self). Would "El se come una manzana," ever be a more correct sentence than, "El come una manzana"? In this example is 'se' somewhat redundant, or am I just not understanding the explanations from this discussion about the meaning/appropriate use of 'se' as a pronoun? Help! hahaha
Well the reflexive verb pronoun "se" doesn't have to be used per say, because you could simply say "Ella come una manzana" = The Girl ate an apple". It's just that in this situation that "se" was used "Ella se come una manzana" = "She eats herself an apple". I can't explain why "se" is used when the direct object is stated, but to me it feels normal, like "Ella se lavanta y se pone la ropa", "se pone la ropa" is something I'm sure you've heard Spanish speakers say, I can't really explain any further, but it's just the way Spanish is. The important thing is that you know what the sentence literally translates to. I've learned that Spanish is its own beast and can be very similar to English and very different at the same time and I LOVE IT! lol
The lesson didn't go over se at this point in the lesson. This needs to be fixed. I don't know any Spanish.
It is a reflexive pronoun, it's English equivalent would be one as in oneself.
"El nino se come una manzana" translates to "The boy eats himself an apple."
Getting better and remembering more. Still refer to my dictionary even to find words (objects that fit into the category) that might just show up. Found rabbit before it was listed and pig. I do what helped me in school--Write the words at least ten times while spelling and pronouncing them aloud. I have surprised myself at what I recall from earlier lessons.
I am a beginner in Spanish, what is the difference between El se come una manzana and just El come una manzana? Thanks
how is an apple feminine? HE is eating an apple you I assumed 'un' but it has to be 'una' even though HE is eating an apple not SHE. What would she eats an apple be?
It is gender of object (the apple=la manzana/an apple=una manzana) not the subject.We can understand it from article(el/la)
She eats an apple = Ella ( She ) come ( eats ) una ( an ) manzana (apple). He eats an apple = Él ( He ) come una manzana. Apple in spanish is a feminine, so you can`t use "un" on something which is feminine.. You have to use "una".
somebody asked about. A word ending in A for feminine and O for masculine. There are a few exceptions. Mapa and Problema are two that come to mind, They are both masculine, And the word Mano is feminine. There are only a few more. But I can't think of them right now.
Manzana is a feminine word because of the a at the end so it's una manzana even if a man says it.
'Come una manzana' would be ambiguous since it basically means "eats an apple". But who eats an apple? Él or ella, or a proper name, is required to specify who we are talking about. You could perhaps say "come un mazana' if you had explicitly mentioned someone in a previous sentence, thus context would have to determine that, but even then it seems like an incomplete sentence to me.
What is the difference between "Él se come una manzana" and "Él come una manzana" ? This question has been asked several times in the comments below, but it has not received any attempts at an answer. please explain it, as understanding it is critical to understanding the skill.
Why did i have to click "él se come una manzana." When up there it says "él come una manzana." With out the se??
Both are correct and means the he eats an apple. El se come una manzana" literally translates to "He eats himself an apple" but "He eats an apple" is acceptable also.
i thought masculine and feminine were only for gender. but now i think that it is almost anything that ends in "a"
Anything that ends in "a" is feminine, anything that ends in "o" is masculine.
Why come, versus comer, or com
es ? Tu come (You come -informal) Usted come (You come -formal) How can it be determined which form of comer to use with he, she, I or they?