"It is not the public square."
Translation:No es la plaza pública.
Use estar for the location of something eg el perro está en la plaza, but here we are speaking about what something IS (or is not in this case) not WHERE it is. So ser is correct eg no es un perro. The fact that a plaza is something that can be a location is irelevant.
I thought esta was used for places but now you have explained the difference. Esta is used with donde when we are asking WHERE. Thank you.
OK, so here Duolingo asks you to translate square into Plaza, but does not allow Plaza into The Square!
What grammar rule dictates that "de" not used here? I used the phrase "Es no la plaza de pública."
Good question. Im always confused about when to use DE(or not) between 2 words. Please help
In the sentence "plaza pública", "pública" is acting as an adjective, therefore you don't need the "de". You use "de" between nouns to denote possession, as in "el libro de Juan" (Juan's book).
So, would this work? "No es la plaza del público." (It is not the square of the public.)
No because in "plaza pública", "pública" is an adjetive whereas in your sentence "plaza del público", "publico" is a noun, as in a group of people
I wondered that too. In a previous question "gran" was used before the noun it described.
You usually put adjectives in front of nouns when those adjectives are numbers, limits, or subjective descriptions. A popular abbreviation for which group that entails is BANGS - beauty (bonito, feo), age (joven, viejo), number (un, tres, todo), greatness (bueno, malo), size (grande, pequeño, alto).
NOTE: I think this is a trick question. I have never seen a plaza that wasn't a public place. So I thought it was overkill to translate it to la plaza publica. But if the adjective is left off the translation, you will lose a heart.
My dictionary of Spanish...says it is publico and says nothing about changing the adj. to match the "plaza"????
Dictionaries will often give just the masculine form. Assumes if it ends in -o that a feminine noun will need -a ..... and plurals will need -os or -as. Similarly don't expect to get every part of a verb. So 'speak' will give "hablar" the Spanish for "to speak" but you have to conjugate it yourself: hablo, -as, -a, -amos.....
Because in Spanish "no" precedes the verb. eg yo no bebo - I do not drink. In this case there is no visible subject in Spanish (es means it is) so No is right at the start, i.e. before 'es'. Just a rule, like English makes the negative of say, "we run" to "we do not run"